In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to use the onscreen keyboard in Windows 10.

Windows 10 comes supplied with an onscreen keyboard. It’s essential if you’re running a touchscreen device like a tablet, but you may be surprised to learn you can also use it to type with a traditional mouse. Actually, Windows 10 has two onscreen keyboards installed. The first one is the basic touch keyboard which can be accessed from the taskbar. The second is the more advanced one located in the Ease of Access settings. There is a little bit of confusion with this feature, so for this tutorial, I want to demonstrate the two onscreen keyboards and how to use them.

To quickly gain access to the onscreen keyboard from the taskbar on Windows 10, right-click the taskbar and make sure the “Show touch keyboard button” option in the context menu is enabled. You’ll see a keyboard icon appear near your system tray or notification area. Click that icon. Once you have opened the onscreen keyboard you can click the buttons to send keyboard input. It works just like a normal keyboard would. You can select a text field by clicking on it and then use the onscreen buttons with your mouse. The icons in the top-right corner allow you to move or enlarge the keyboard. The keyboard button at the bottom of the onscreen keyboard also allows you to select different layouts.

As mentioned before there is also a more advanced onscreen keyboard, which is part of the Ease of Access settings. To gain access to it, go to the Start menu and select “Settings.” Navigate to Ease of Access Keyboard and then activate the “On-Screen Keyboard” option at the top of the window. This keyboard includes a lot more keys and functions. It operates more like a traditional PC keyboard than the touchscreen keyboard does. It’s a normal desktop window that you can be resized and minimised, unlike the touch keyboard. They are additional options you can use to configure it if you click the “Options” button near the bottom-right corner of the keyboard. Finally, you can pin it to your taskbar like you would any other Windows program. Very useful if you plan to launch it again in the near future.