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Ways to Launch Virtual Keyboard With Shortcut in Windows -22

A Virtual Keyboard is also known as a Visual Screen Keyboard or an On-Screen Keyboard. To display it on the desktop, we can use a keyboard shortcut.

Also, it displays all the standard keys. To use this keyboard, you can either use a mouse or any other pointing device.

1. Virtual Keyboard Shortcut:

Working with the on-screen keyboard is not that easy, but you can use it if you are not comfortable with it or if some keys on the keyboard might not work.

To enable the Keyboard on the desktop, press Control + Windows Key + O
Virtual Keyboard Shortcut in Windows.png
Virtual Keyboard Shortcut in Windows.png

2. Launching the Virtual Keyboard by Searching:

To launch the desktop keyboard b searching on the computer, do the following:

Click the search icon, which appears on the lower left screen, next to the windows logo
Now search and click “On-Screen Keyboard” to launch it.
Launching Screen Keyboard
Launching Screen Keyboard

3. Launching the Desktop Screen Keyboard By Using the PowerShell:

PowerShell is a Windows automation tool to perform various computer operations without having to write scripts. It supports a rich set of cmdlets (command-lets).

The cmdlets are used to create, modify, retrieve and, transfer data between computers, and manage applications and services.

To launch the screen keyboard by using PowerShell, do the following:

Right-click on the Windows logo (Start Button)
Then select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” or “Windows PowerShellto launch its prompt dialogue box
Windows-PowerShell
Windows-PowerShell
Now type the “osk” command next to the user name as in the screenshot below.
Windows PowerShell Command
Windows PowerShell Command

4. Opening the Desktop Screen Keyboard By Using the Run Command

The Run command is a powerful tool to launch any program, folder, internet resource, or folder. By using this command you can easily open the keyboard. To do so, do the following:

Press “Windows key + R” to open a run command dialogue box
Then type “osk” in the run commands open box
Lastly, click “OK” or Press “Enter“.
Launch the Screen Keyboard using the Run Command
Launch the Screen Keyboard using the Run Command

5. Opening the Visual Keyboard By Using the Command Prompt

Command Prompt is a program for Windows OS that allows you to type commands and navigate through text-based menus and lists. Command Prompt is one of the best ways to use batch files, run programs, access command-line utilities, and interact with the operating system.

To Launch the Virtual Keyboard using Command Prompt, do the following:

Click the search icon, which appears on the lower left screen, next to the windows logo
Now type and click “Command Prompt” to launch it.
In the Command Prompt dialogue box, type “osk
Lastly, Press “Enter“.
Open On-Screen Keyboard Using the Command Prompt
Open On-Screen Keyboard Using the Command Prompt

6. Launch the Desktop Keyboard Using Control Panel

Control Panel is a collection of tools for the Windows Operating System. It is used to customize and configure your PC. settings such as an Ease of Access Center, Backup and Restore, Mouse, Keyboard, etc.

To Launch the PC screen keyboard using the Windows Control Panel, do the following:

Click “Control Panel” to open its items
Click “View by” for its drop-down list
Now select “Large icons
Then Select “Ease of Access Centre
Control Panel Items
Control Panel Items
Lastly, click “Start on-screen keyboard”.
Click on the Start On-Screen Keyboard to launch it
Click on the “Start On-Screen Keyboard” to launch it

7. Enable On-Screen Keyboard from Settings

If your keyboard completely not working, then you can use your laptop’s mouse or touchpad or PC’s mouse to launch the keyboard by customizing the windows settings.

Click on the “Start Button” (Windows Logo Icon) on the lower left screen
Then select “Settings” to launch its windows
Select Settings
Select Settings
Now scroll down a little bit to navigate to the “Ease of Access
Then click “Ease of Access” to launch another settings window
Navigating to Ease o Access
Navigating to Ease o Access
On the left side of a window, hover over the screen divider until you see a scrollbar, move the scrollbar little bit down, and then select “Keyboard” to navigate to the keyboard options
Now under “Use your device without a physical keyboard“, and also under “Use The On-Screen Keyboard” click the “ON and OFF” button to turn it “ON” if it is already turned “OFF
As soon as you turn it “ON“, a desktop keyboard will be launched.
Turn on to use device without a physical keyboard
Click turn on the option to use the device without a physical keyboard

What is the Virtual Keyboard?

A virtual keyboard is a desktop/ screen keyboard used to type the text as you can do on the keyboard.

What is the shortcut for the on-screen keyboard?

The Shortcut to open the desktop keyboard in windows 11, 10, 8, and 7 is Control + Windows Key + O.

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