Tutorial Windows: Preparing for Windows 10: Your Cool New On-Screen Keyboard

Computer input is done through several ways now that technology is substantially developing. Besides the mouse and keyboard, you can benefit from touch-supported devices, and even talk to your PC.

It’s no longer a secret that Microsoft’s new ‘n fresh Windows comes out the same for computers, tablets, and phones. This means that it’s supposed to have proper support for touch-supported devices.

This changes even the way you write, but Windows 10 seems to come with a cool new on-screen keyboard. It’s activated by pressing the corresponding icon in the tray area, and can even be customized. If it’s not enough, here are a couple of neat alternatives to try out.

Using Hot Virtual Keyboard

Step 1: Download, install, and run Hot Virtual Keyboard.

Step 2: Go through a few initial setup options to get started.

Step 3: Right-click the tray icon to access even more settings.

Main Properties make the app run on startup, show on logon screen, and place a conveniently large icon on the taskbar. Accessing the On-Screen Keyboard tab holds a neat option that makes the keyboard pop up every time the text cursor is visible.

Theme gives you the possibility to make the keyboard literally the way you want. Besides the staggering amount of presets, there’s a built-in editor that lets you design a new style, arrange buttons, and even set their actions.

Word Autocomplete turns on that controversial feature that doesn’t let you finish your sentence. On the other hand, it’s packed with a dictionary for more help.

Note: More features such as macros are implemented. However, you only benefit from a free 30-day trial unless you want to pull some cash out of your pocket.

Using OS-Keyboard

Step 1: Download, install, and run OS-Keyboard.

Step 2: Look for a new icon in the tray menu to make the keyboard visible.

Step 3: Press the Hamburger button in the upper right corner to access the Settings menu.

Transparency and Keyboard Look let you configure the visual style of your new on-screen keyboard. Editing is easily done through sliders.

Behavior refers to general options. Through them, you can make a trigger icon appear next to an active text field, try to leave as much text space visible as possible, or making it run on startup.

Resizing the keyboard while active is a consequence of dragging the upper left corner. Moving it is done by grabbing the header.

A built-in Editor gives you the possibility to create unique designs from scratch. Apart from the editor, you’re free to choose from a rich library of presets.

Note: A clever management of features can even result in creating app shortcuts directly on the keyboard. Even if not packed with as many features as the previous example, this one is free of charge.

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