How to enable or disable the On-Screen Keyboard in Microsoft Windows 8, 7, or Vista. Use the On-Screen keyboard to type without an actual keyboard.
Option 1 – Control Panel Setting
- Select “Start” and type “Ease” in the Start Search box. Open “Ease of Access Center“. Alternately, you can go to “Control Panel” > “All Control Panel Items” > “Ease of Access Center“.
- Scroll down a bit and select the “Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard” option.
- Check or uncheck the box for “Use On-Screen Keyboard“. Click “Save” when you are finished.
Option 2 – Registry
- Hold down the Windows Key and press “R” to bring up the “Run” dialog.
- Type “regedit“, then press “Enter“.
- Navigate to the following location:
- Open “ShowTabletKeyboard” and set it to “1” to enable it. Set it to “0” to disable it. If this key doesn’t exist, you can create it.
Now the On-Screen Keyboard should be enabled or disabled as desired.
How can I just bring up the On-Screen Keyboard without enabling it at startup?
Select the “Start” button, type “osk“, then press “Enter“.
This setting is not selected, but a keyboard still appears when I start Windows. Why is this happening?
You may have a third-party keyboard installed or one that was installed by the manufacturer of your device. Windows Vista & 7 users can go to Start, run “msconfig“, then check under the “Startup” tab to disable (uncheck) any keyboard software that might be running. Windows 8 users can right-click a blank area of the taskbar, select “Task Manager“, then the “Startup” tab to disable keyboard software.