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The Windows XP On-Screen Keyboard

Windows XP has a built in on–screen virtual keyboard that can be used if you have mobility impairments or if your keyboard happens to goes down. This utility allows you to type data by using any pointing device, or even a joystick. Therefore, this technical brief will introduce you to the Windows On-Screen Keyboard.

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Launching The Windows XP On-Screen Keyboard

  1. Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Run Icon, which will open up the Run Menu for you.
  3. Type in the word Osk in the white area and then click on OK.
  4. This will open up the virtual keyboard on your computer screen.

The Windows On–screen Keyboard has three typing modes you can use to type data. In clicking mode, you can select the on-screen keys to type your text. In scanning mode, On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a hot key or by using a switch–input device. In hovering mode, you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time, and the selected character is typed automatically for you.

Creating A Desktop Shortcut For The On-Screen Keyboard

  1. Right Click anywhere on the Desktop.
  2. Then point to New, and then click on Shortcut.
  3. Type in the word Osk and then click on the Next button.
  4. Type in a name for the shortcut, and then click Finish.
  5. Windows will then place the shortcut on your Desktop for you.
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