Fix: On-Screen Keyboard not working in Windows 10

By: Ovidiu Ionita
2 minute read
Fix On-Screen Keyboard not working in Windows 10

In the last few years we have seen technology move towards mobile computing. Windows tablets have become more common and the market is filled with this kind of devices from top manufacturers and low-end ones alike.

Even though tablet computers offer the advantage of computing on the go they aren’t without compromise. For example they have reduced computing power compared to their desktop and notebook counterparts. Another example is the use of a touchscreen instead of a classical keyboard and mouse configuration. This can reduce productivity in typing and even eliminate it completely when the On-Screen Keyboard refuses to work.

Today were going to go through some methods of bringing up the Windows 10 On-Screen Keyboard in situations where ii doesn’t come up automatically, as it should.

1. Activate in Settings

The first place to look for is the Settings panel. Click on the Start menu and select Settings or do a search for it and open it from there. Then head over to Devices and select Typing from the left side menu. In the resulting window make sure that Automatically show the touch keyboard in windowed apps when there’s no keyboard attached to your device is Enabled.

Fix On-Screen Keyboard not working in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 users have reported that even though this option was already activated, disabling it and then re-enabling solved the problem. Make sure you also do a reboot of the system before dismissing this solution as a possible fix.

2. Open from Settings

The On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 10 can also be brought up from the Settings menu. Access it from the Start menu and select the Ease of Access category. Select Keyboard from the left side menu and enable it by switching on Turn on the On-Screen Keyboard option.

Fix On-Screen Keyboard not working in Windows 10

3. Add On-Screen Keyboard to taskbar

One of the best solutions for quickly accessing the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 10 is adding a dedicated button in the taskbar. This can be achieved by right clicking on the taskbar and enabling Show touch keyboard button.

Fix On-Screen Keyboard not working in Windows 10

This will add a button next to the clock in the taskbar which can be used for fast access of the On-Screen Keyboard.

4. Open from the applications list

The On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 10 can also be accessed from the All apps list. Scroll down to the Windows Ease of Access folder, expand it and select On-Screen Keyboard.

Fix On-Screen Keyboard not working in Windows 10

I hope these solutions fix the problems you’re having with the Windows 10 On-Screen Keyboard or at least give you other options of accessing it easily. If you’re facing additional problems please let us know in the comment section below.

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