How to Turn "On-Screen Keyboard" On or Off in Vista and Windows 7


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Instead of relying on the physical keyboard to type and enter data, you can use On-Screen Keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys. You can select keys using the mouse or another pointing device, or you can use a single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.

This will show you how to turn the On-Screen Keyboard on or off temporarily, and on or off at startup in Vista and Windows 7.

It is turned off by default.

Note   Note
The file path for the On-Screen Keyboard program is:

C:\Windows\System32\osk.exe


EXAMPLE: On-Screen Keyboard in Vista and Windows 7
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EXAMPLE: Tablet PC On-Screen Keyboard
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OPTION ONE

For the Normal On-Screen Keyboard
1. Close the On-Screen Keyboard.

2. Open the Control Panel (Classic view) in Vista, or Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7/8.

3. Click on the Click to play button in the video below.
NOTE: This will show you how to turn the On-Screen Keyboard on temporarily until you close it, and on or off at the startup of Vista and Windows 7 when you log on.





OPTION TWO

On-Screen Keyboard when a Tablet PC is Plugged In

NOTE: This for when you have a tablet pc plugged into your computer and cannot get the on-screen keyboard to turn off without unplugging the tablet pc.
1. To Turn Off the On-Screen Keyboard for a Tablet PC
A) Close the On-Screen Keyboard.

B) Uncheck the Tablet PC Optional Components box (Vista) or Tablet PC Components box (Windows 7/8) in Windows and Features.

C) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn On the On-Screen Keyboard for a Tablet PC
A) Check the Tablet PC Optional Components box (Vista) or Tablet PC Components box (Windows 7/8) in Windows and Features.

B) Plug in the Tablet PC.
3. Restart the computer.
That's it,
Shawn