The keyboard is one of the most important parts within a computer. With it you can write text or use the computer in case the mouse is faulty. In view of this, the Windows 10 system incorporates a virtual keyboard that appears on the screen and that can be used to type text using the mouse.
It is important that you learn to use all the functions of your computer with Windows 10 operating system. One of the ways to learn to use it better is by using the on-screen keyboard. Shortly, we will show how to activate this kind of keyboard and we will explain to you if all computers have this keyboard.
- Do all computers have the virtual keyboard available?
- How do I activate the virtual keyboard in various ways?
- From device settings
- With a command
- How to customize your virtual keyboard?
Do all computers have the virtual keyboard available?
Many people wonder if each of the computers has this type of virtual keyboard, in fact such a question is very interesting. The virtual keyboard or on-screen keyboard is not only incorporated by Windows 10 but also by Windows 7, 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 11.
Such an on-screen keyboard feature has been included in Windows for a long time. The old Windows XP operating system also has a virtual keyboard, but accessing it requires a somewhat complicated process. This is why almost no one uses the on-screen keyboard within Windows XP, as they think it doesn’t.
This is a wonderful feature that hadn’t been getting much use because it wasn’t easy to access. The Windows developers noticed this and starting with Windows 7 they put this keyboard in plain sight. In addition, along with that change, special keys were placed on the system .
It should be noted that another of the most striking features of Windows turns out to be that of hidden files. These types of files are displayed in Windows 10 by doing a few things.
How do I activate the virtual keyboard in various ways?
Activating the virtual keyboard within Windows 10 can be done in many ways. In total there are at least 3 and the activation is carried out from different sites. Next, we will explain how to enable the on-screen keyboard from the computer settings and even using a command. We will also explain how you can customize a virtual keyboard in Windows, so that it looks much better. Stay tuned to each of the procedures
From device settings
Windows Settings is a program that has a purple icon. This internal system program opens directly from the start menu that can even be customized . Now, watch the on-screen keyboard open from there:
- Start your computer
- Wait for the PC to turn on
- When the system loads, press the ‘Windows’ key to display the start menu
- Once that bar appears, go to the ‘Accessibility’ section
- From there, go directly to the ‘Keyboard’ option
- The last thing would be to right click where it says ‘Use on-screen keyboard’. When you click on that sub option, a new window will appear immediately with the virtual keyboard, ready to use.
Although it seems very easy to start the on-screen keyboard from the ‘Settings’ it is much easier to do it with a command. However, there is another way to locate the on-screen keyboard from Windows. In this other way you should use the start menu:
- Start your computer
- Press the ‘Windows’ key to display the start menu
- In the search bar put the word ‘On-screen keyboard’
- When the search is done, you will only see one result with the title ‘On-screen keyboard’. Left click on that result and you will immediately see the virtual keyboard on your screen
Every time you want to use this kind of screen, you have at your disposal the procedure from ‘Settings’ and the other from the ‘Start menu’. In case you didn’t know, from the results of your search for the virtual keyboard in the Start Menu you can place it on the taskbar.
With a command
The easiest way to run the virtual keyboard within Windows 10 is through the CDM, the place where the commands are placed. See how the procedure is done:
- Start your computer
- Position yourself on your computer desk
- Press the ‘Windows’ and ‘R’ keys
- You will immediately see how a new window opens, in that window place the command ‘osk’
- When finished placing it, left click where it says ‘OK’
The times you finish using the virtual keyboard, you just have to click with the mouse on the ‘X’ of that window. If your computer does not launch the on-screen keyboard when you try all of the above, it would be your turn to consult Microsoft technical support .
How to customize your virtual keyboard?
The Windows virtual keyboard can be customized by changing the language. The only way to do this is by going into ‘Settings’, then ‘Accessibility’ and going into ‘Keyboards’. Within the ‘Keyboards’ section you will select the option ‘Change keyboards’.