On-screen keyboard

April 2018


The on-screen keyboard is a simple tool that allows you to replace your physical keyboard (damaged or out of battery).


  • Click on the Start menu and the select the Run tab
  • Type in the following command: %SystemRoot%\system32\osk.exe
  • The on-screen keyboard will appear

Alternatively you can:
  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard (in XP)
  • or Vista logo > Accessories > Accessibility > Ergonomic options > On-Screen Keyboard (in Vista)

Typing modes

There are two typing modes available:

Click to select: Click on the desired key to enter the value.
Hover to select: Hold the mouse over a letter for a set amount of time to enter the letter.


  • Click on System Preferences
  • Choose International, Input Menu, Keyboard Viewer


  • Open terminal and enter the following command:
  • "onboard"
Published by aakai1056. Latest update on February 22, 2013 at 02:39 PM by deri58.
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