Assistive Technology in Windows

On-Screen Keyboard

What is on-screen keyboard?

On-Screen Keyboards can be used Instead of the physical keyboard to type and enter data into your computer. The On-Screen Keyboard displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys that can be used. You can easily select the required keys using the mouse, fingers(for touch screens) or another pointing device, or you can use a single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.

This tool can be used in a classroom which allows for students to BYOD and where there are no physical keyboards for mobile devices and computers for students to use.

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To type without using the keyboard;

  • clicking the Start button

  • clicking All Programs

  • clicking Accessories

  • clicking Ease of Access, and then

  • clicking On-Screen Keyboard

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Video on how to open on-screen keyboard in windows

How to open the On-screen Keyboard

Overview of other features for on-screen keyboard

On-screen keyboard can be set up to use other features like;

  • Changing how information is entered into on-screen keyboard
  • setting up on-screen keyboard to use audible clicks ( saying the characters out loud)
  • Using numeric key pad in on-screen keyboard
  • using text predictions in on-screen keyboard

For further information on other software updates and assistive tools in windows

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How to open on-screen keyboard using Mac

On-Screen keyboard on Mac

For more information check out the following links


How to open the On-screen Keyboard. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2014, from

On-Screen keyboard on Mac. (2010, December 23). Retrieved April 05, 2014, from

Type without using the keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard) - Microsoft Windows Help. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2014, from