The on-screen keyboard is a feature by Windows to enabling people to access keyboard input even without the actual keyboard. It supposed to be an emergency option just in case the keyboard is damaged or not function perfectly. Along with its development, Microsoft understood that on-screen keyboard also a favorite for touchscreen devices. If you wonder how to show on-screen keyboard on Windows 10, here’s 5 ways to show it right on the front of your screen.
Note: Several guides below also supported for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
How to show on-screen keyboard using a mouse
In case the actual keyboard malfunction and cannot be used, you can activate on-screen keyboard just using mouse solely.
First, right-click on the Taskbar and select Show Touch keyboard button.
Then, the keyboard icon will show. Click on it to enable on-screen keyboard.
The on-screen keyboard should look like this. It was an optimized version for Windows Tablet mode that supposed for touchscreen devices.
Show on-screen keyboard via Start Menu
There’s no doubt that Start Menu plays a huge role in Windows 10 user experience. It delivers as the customer wants by search keyword.
Simply by type On-Screen Keyboard on the Start Menu search section and open that program.
Then the On-Screen Keyboard will appear on a separate window. This interface is an odd version but still works well.
Windows 10 has a great new Settings menu that comparable to Control Panel on the older Windows version. But apparently, this new interface covering almost entire OS configuration seamlessly.
In order to activate on-screen keyboard display, click Start icon and select the Settings icon which represented by gears shape.
On the Windows Settings, select Ease of Access option.
Look at the left sidebar, click Keyboard, then enable the On-Screen Keyboard. See the following image below. The interface of the virtual keyboard would same as the previous guide.
Enabling on-screen keyboard by Run command
The fastest way to enable On-Screen Keyboard feature is by Run command, but it required a physical keyboard. Press CTRL+R on the keyboard, then type “osk” (without quote) and click OK. The virtual keyboard will suddenly show at that time.
Activating on-screen keyboard from System32 folder
The System32 folder is known as the heart of Windows operating system. The entire system is run by this single folder, hence the on-screen keyboard also being there.
Open the Library or My Computer, go to Local Disk (C:) partition, open Windows folder, go to the System32 folder and locate the osk program. All those programs arranged alphabetically, so it’s gonna easier to find.
Like the first guide, this method is not using a physical keyboard. You can follow the step-by-step simply by mouse or touchscreen display.