USA keyboard on-screen

By | April 9, 2021

There are several different kinds of keyboards for PCs. The most common type is a physical, external keyboard that plugs into your PC. But Windows has a built-in Ease of Access tool called the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) that can be used instead of a physical keyboard.

You don’t need a touchscreen to use the OSK. It displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys, so you can use your mouse or another pointing device to select keys, or use a physical single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.

To change how info is entered into the On-Screen Keyboard

With the OSK open, select the Options key, and choose the options you want:

  • Use click sound. Use this option if you want to hear a sound when you press a key.
  • Show keys to make it easier to move around the screen. Use this option if you want the keys to light up as you type.
  • Turn on numeric keypad. Use this option to expand the OSK to show a numeric keypad.
  • Click on keys. Use this mode if you prefer to click or tap the on-screen keys to enter text.
  • Hover over keys. Use this mode if you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key. The characters you point to are entered automatically when you point to them for a specified time.
  • Scan through keys. Use this mode if you want the OSK to continually scan the keyboard. Scan mode highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a keyboard shortcut, using a switch input device, or using a device that simulates a mouse click.
  • Use Text Prediction. Use this option if you want the OSK to suggest words for you as you type so you don’t need to type each complete word.

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