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Windows 8 Tablet - Typing for Desktop Programs

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    Windows 8 Tablet - Typing for Desktop Programs


    On a Windows 8 tablet such as a Dell Venue 11 how to you type inputs for desktop programs without an attached keyboard? Sorry if this is a really dumb question but I don't know anything about Windows tablets.

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    Windows 8.1 (8" tablet)


    If you click on the keyboard icon in the taskbar...



    ...the keyboard will appear. It can either be free-floating or docked.

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    N. Calif
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    CalBear - If you want to try the on-screen keyboard on your regular PC, right-click on the Taskbar, select Toolbars, then put a check by the Touch keyboard. You'll see a keyboard icon on the Taskbar that you can click on to bring up the keyboard. It even works with your mouse if you don't have a touchscreen.
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    Thanks for the great responses!
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    Lew, what do you mean that the desktop Keyboard can be floating or docked? Can it be made to open automatically without having to click on the symbol on the taskbar?
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    Windows 8.1 (8" tablet)


    If you click the button next to the close button on the keyboard it'll act like the Metro keyboard instead of being a floating window like in the screenshots. It wouldn't let me screenshot that one though.
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    When I clicked on the item you mentioned Lew, all It did was lengthen or shorten the Keyboard.
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    Windows 8.1 (8" tablet)


    Try dragging the keyboard around in both modes and you'll see the difference.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    OK not an answer to the question - but if you are going to do any significant amount of typing (I.e more than about two lines) or if you want any sort of cut and paste ability BUY a cheap Wireless / Bluetooth or even a wired keyboard and mouse combo. Logitech do one where you only need ONE USB slot for both the keyboard and mouse.

    There's also a nice small but adequate BLUETOOTH keyboard that fits neatly into a pocket - it's designed to be used for SMARTPHONES but works just as well on a tablet.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thanks for that Jimbo. Lew, how do you "drag" the Keyboard around? And what does that accomplish? I want to know how to open the Keyboard automatically, without having to click on its symbol.
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