Use On-Screen Keyboard in Windows

Here is how you can Enable the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows

When the smartphone-inspired, touch-interface mania came over Windows, Microsoft also decided to get in the craze with Windows 8, completely revamping Windows to be touch-friendly. While that didn’t pay off, it did introduce several features from touch machines over to Windows, including the addition of an on-screen keyboard.

These days, most modern Windows machines are touch-enabled, and some even support a tablet mode, so it’s really handy to have a good touch-keyboard on your Windows machine. Not only that, having a secondary touch keyboard is also really useful if your hardware keyboard malfunctions. Laptop keyboards have a history of malfunctioning, through water spills, crumbs being stuck, and whatnot. In those cases, the on-screen keyboard comes up as a life-saver.

In this guide, we are going to show you how you can enable or disable the on-screen keyboard in Windows.

Enable On-Screen Keyboard in Windows

There are several ways you can enable the on-screen keyboard in Windows,

  1. Search for on-screen keyboard from your Start Menu.
  2. Click on the top result and it’ll pop open right there.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut,

  1. Press Windows Key + CTRL + O.

This shortcut works for both, opening or closing the keyboard.

But what if your keyboard is not working? How will you open the On-Screen Keyboard then? Here is how,

Enable On-Screen Keyboard Without Keyboard

  1. Press on the Start button.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Ease of Access (for Windows 10) or Accessibility (for Windows 11).
  4. Click on Keyboard from the left pane, then click on the switch for use the On-Screen Keyboard to enable it.