Sometimes when your keyboard is not working due to any wiring or hardware problem, or there are one or two keys that have stopped working or stuck. Don’t worry, there is an inbuilt feature in Microsoft Windows known as the On-screen Keyboard or you can say a virtual keyboard.
It is easy to use by any pointing devices like mouse or joystick by clicking on the keys or just by simply hovering over them.
You can also use the shortcut by pressing <Windows key+U> to directly open Ease to use window.
By default, the keyboard is set on the Click on Keys option. This means you have to click on respective keys with a pointing device.
Here in Windows 8.1 there are two ways to open the On-screen Keyboard.
This keyboard won’t have that many features and works in the same way the normal On-screen Keyboard works.
In the Lockscreen you have the Ease of Access option in the bottom left corner. From there you can open the Keyboard to enter the password or any other use.
In the same way like we did in Windows 8.1 here also there are two ways to use the On-screen Keyboard.
The icons in the top right corner give you the option to move the keyboard or change its size.
Find Ease of access and then click on Keyboard option. There you will have to turn the On-screen Keyboard on and there you go.
You can pin the option of opening the On-screen keyboard directly to your taskbar. When the keyboard if open and is showing in the taskbar right click on it and choose the “Pin this program to taskbar” option.
One other way of opening the On-screen Keyboard in any Windows is by entering “osk” in Run program which you can search and open.
The On- screen keyboard has far many options than just typing in texts. If you click or touch on any command keys like Ctrl or Alt or Tab you can use the combos or the shortcuts just like you do in your normal keyboard.
The On-screen keyboard for will be set on “clicking on the keys” option when opened. You can easily make your experience better by choosing different settings in the options menu. You will find it near the lower right corner.
So first let’s talk about the first two options that we get. When you click on the keys to type, the first option is about the sound of it. The second one is Turn on numeric keypad. If you check that box and press okay you will see that the keyboard will have more options now. The number pad changes into arrow keys and more options by pressing the Num Lock key.
Click on keys: This is using the keyboard by simply clicking on the keys by any pointing device.
Hover over keys: If you choose this option you don’t have to click on the keys to use the keyboard instead just move the pointer on them. You can choose the duration which means the time that the pointer should stay on the keys.
Scan through keys: In this option you have to choose which device you would be using. To use the On-screen keyboard. Whatever you use there will be a button in those devices (spacebar or right click or button on joystick) that would have to be pressed to use the keyboard. When you press the button once the shaded area would highlight the areas. You would have to choose the areas to get to your key.
The last option is to turn on the text prediction which makes it very easy to use that keyboard.