Fix: On-screen keyboard keeps popping up in Windows 10

Matthew Adams By: Matthew Adams
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Some users have stated on forums that Windows 10‘s on-screen keyboard keeps popping up. The on-screen keyboard pops up on the login screen each time they boot up. It can also pop up more randomly when users open various windows. This is how you can fix an on-screen keyboard that pops up with some regularity in Windows 10.

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  1. Turn Off the On-Screen Keyboard Settings
  2. Remove Software From the System Startup
  3. Switch Off the Touch Keyboard Service in Windows
  4. Edit the Registry
  5. Roll Windows Back to a Restore Point

1. Turn Off the On-Screen Keyboard Settings

You can usually fix an on-screen keyboard that keeps popping up by adjusting the on-screen keyboard settings. Note that Windows 10 includes on-screen keyboard settings in both the Settings app and Control Panel. You can switch the on-screen keyboard off via both the Settings app and Control Panel as follows.

  • Press the Type here to search button on the taskbar to open Cortana.
  • Enter the keyword ‘ease of access’ in Cortana’s search box.

  • Select Ease of access keyboard settings to open the window shown directly below.

  • Toggle the Turns on the On-Screen Keyboard option off if it’s on.
  • To check the Use on-screen keyboard setting in the Control Panel, enter ‘ease of access’ in Cortana.
  • Select Ease of Access to open the Control Panel window as in the snapshot below.

  • Click Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard option to open the settings shown directly below.
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  • Deselect the Use On-Screen Keyboard option, and remember to press the Apply the OK buttons.

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2. Remove Software From the System Startup

Some programs automatically open the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10. So the keyboard might be popping up on your desktop or laptop because of recently installed third-party software. As such, disabling third-party programs is a potential resolution. This is how you can disable startup software in Win 10.

  • To open Task Manager, press the Windows key + X and select Task Manager.
  • Then click the Start-up tab in Task Manager.
  • You can only disable third-party programs one at a time in Task Manager. So select a third-party program, and press the Disable button.

Alternatively, you could clean boot Windows. Clean booting Windows will automatically get rid of all the third-party software startup items and services. You can clean boot Windows 10 as follows.

  • Press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  • Input ‘msconfig’ in Run and press Enter to open the System Configuration window in the image directly below.

  • Click the Selective startup radio button on the General tab.
  • Then deselect the Load startup items option.
  • Select the Use original boot configuration option.
  • Select the Services tab shown directly below.

  • Select the Hide all Microsoft services option on the Services tab.
  • Press the Disable all button to deactivate the third-party software services.
  • Press the Apply button.
  • Then click OK to close the window.
  • Thereafter, a dialog box opens stating that you might need to restart Windows. Press the Restart button on that dialog box to restart the OS.

3. Switch Off the Touch Keyboard Service in Windows

  • Some users have fixed the on-screen keyboard by switching the Touch Keyboard off service in Windows. To do that, enter ‘services.msc’ in Run and click OK.

  • Double-click the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service on the Services window.

  • Select the Disabled option on the Startup type drop-down menu.
  • Click Apply to apply the new setting, and press OK to close the window.

— RELATED: Fix: Windows 10 keyboard types the wrong characters

4. Edit the Registry

  • The registry includes a ShowTabletKeyboard DWORD that you can configure with the Registry Editor. Enter ‘regedit’ in Run’s text box and press Return to open the window in the image directly below.

  • The registry location you need to go to is: HKLM (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Authentication -> LogonUI.

  • Double-click ShowTabletKeyboard to open the Edit DWORD window shown in the shot below.

  • If the value data for the DWORD is 1, delete that value.
  • Then enter 0 in the Value data box.
  • Press the OK button to close the Edit DWORD window.

5. Roll Windows Back to a Restore Point

As mentioned, the on-screen keyboard popping up might be due to recently installed third-party software. You can remove recently installed third-party software with the System Restore utility. That will roll Windows back to a restore point and remove software you installed after the selected date. Thus, System Restore might fix the issue so long as you select a restore point that will remove the software which is opening the on-screen keyboard.

  • The quickest way to open System Restore is to enter ‘rstrui’ in Run and click OK.

  • Click Next to open a list of restore points.

  • Select a restore point that will remove some recently installed software. You can press the Scan for affected programs button to see what software the restore points removes.

  • Click the Next > Finish to confirm your selected restore point and restart Windows.

Those resolutions will probably ensure that the on-screen keyboard doesn’t pop up in Windows. However, remember that the on-screen keyboard can come in handy in tablet mode. You can still manually open it by entering ‘osk’ in Run even when the on-screen keyboard settings aren’t selected in Windows.

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