Microsoft OS Ease of Access Tech

On-Screen Keyboard (OSK)


The Start Menu may be used to enable the On-Screen Keyboard.

Click: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard

You can also enter "OSK" into the run command window.

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Using the Keyboard

OSK displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys. While it is up, you can select keys using the mouse or any other pointing device, or you can use a single assigned physical key to cycle through the virtual keys on the screen.
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Some of the features of the On-Screen Keyboard include

  • Predictive Text
  • Adjustable Input Options
  • Adjustable Key Font/Size
  • Sound Cue for Clicked Keys

Windows 7 Onscreen Keyboard: An overview

Classroom Use

The OSK can be useful in many situations, however its most important function is as a tool for students or other users who may not have the manual dexterity to effectively use a physical keyboard. The OSK requires only the ability to manipulate a mouse or a single keystroke, and the predictive text feature can speed up typing time significantly.