There is no "Alt" on my keyboard. There is a &123 then a CTL then a Smileyface. Then if I click on the Keyboard key, I get a pop-up of other keyboards. Which is just a handwriting recognition thingy, a split keyboard that still does not have an Alt or a Windows key. and an option to minimize the keyboard. Those are the only keyboards I have as options on my Windows 8...ummm..correction. This is not Windows 8 Pro. This is Windows 8 Enterprise (trail version). I have Pro on my laptop. I will have to look and see if that has the Windows key on any of its virtual keyboards.
There is a difference between the Touch Keyboard, and The On Screen Keyboard (OSK). The OSK has the windows key.
You can pin it to the taskbar if you want. Instructions here:
How to find Windows 8 On-Screen Keyboard, (open, start, run, osk.exe)?
Ahhh...that is the missing key. That sounds like the solution I was looking for. Thanx!