Windows: Enable/Disable On-Screen Keyboard

How to enable or disable the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 8, 7, or Vista. Use the On-Screen keyboard to type without an actual keyboard.

1. Click “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“.

2. Scroll down a bit and select the “Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard” option.

Use On-Screen Keyboard check box

3. Check or uncheck the box for “Use On-Screen Keyboard“. Click “Save” when you are finished.

Win8 Use computer without keyboard or mouse option

Now the On-Screen Keyboard should be enabled or disabled as desired.



How can I just simply bring up the On-Screen Keyboard?

Select the “Start” button, type “osk“, then press “Enter“.


  1. Terry Karnes says

    Thanks for the “type osk” tip!!! It’s amazing how hard it is to find out what Windows can do…if you ask Microsoft.

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