Oct 052008

Microsoft Windows XP includes the On-Screen Keyboard for those who prefer using a mouse or other pointing device (rather than a physical keyboard) to enter text.You can start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu. If you use the On-Screen Keyboard regularly, add a shortcut to your desktop to make it easier to open.

Start the On-Screen Keyboard

  • To launch the On-Screen Keyboard click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, and then On-Screen Keyboard.
  • The On-Screen Keyboard and On-Screen Keyboard dialog box appear. Click OK.


  • You can now use the On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the buttons with your mouse. To hold down the SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT keys, just click them once, and the keys will stay pressed until you click the next key.


Create a desktop shortcut for the On-Screen Keyboard

  • Right-click your desktop, point to New, and click Shortcut.

How to change the typing mode

On-Screen Keyboard has three different modes

  • Clicking mode. This is the default mode in which you use a mouse or other pointing device to click keys.
  • Hovering mode. You use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time, and the selected character is typed automatically.
  • Scanning mode. On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a keyboard shortcut or by using a switch-input device.

 To change typing mode

  • Click the Settings menu, and then click Typing Mode.


  • In the Typing Mode dialog box, click your preferred method of selecting keys. Then, click OK.

The On-Screen Keyboard simplifies text entry for users who prefer using a pointing device.


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