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Metro keyboard size??

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    Metro keyboard size??


    Is there a way to increase the size of the metro keyboard? Mine is only 3 1/4 inches wide on a 21 inch screen - read that as "Fat fingers don't work very well." Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Hello exscentric,

    You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help to change the Touch Keyboard layout to one that may work better like below.

    Touch Keyboard - Add Standard Keyboard Layout in Windows 8



    Click image for larger version


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    No help. I googled and found if you go to charms/search and type keyboard an app comes up and it is nice size and works in desktop.

    However in metro all I can get is the 3 1/4 inch one.

    The icon on the taskbar brings up the 3 1/4 one as well.

    Still googeling :-)
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    That would the On-Screen Keyboard. You could drag it's boarder to make it as large or small as you like, but it doesn't support touch.

    On-Screen Keyboard

    On-Screen Keyboard Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Jul 2013 at 15:18.
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    Actually both of them work with touch on my lenovo AIO in desktop.
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    Ah, perfect then.
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    No, on metro the only one I can get is 3 1/4 inch wide, this is the one I need bigger. I think, if memory serves me, it was bigger at one time, I do not know when it changed or what might have done it since I rarely used metro. Just recently started trying it a bit more and rather liking it cept for the keyboard.
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    I think this may it. Turn on Make everything on your screen bigger to make all the modern UI (metro) items appear larger.

    This made my Touch Keyboard bigger.

    "Make everything on your screen bigger" - Turn On or Off
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Jul 2013 at 16:00. Reason: updated link
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    Makes tiles bigger but keyboard remains the same.

    Google didn't produce much of anything. I'm thinking it is a lenovo fluke. The touchscreen driver was not compatible with win 8 so that may relate or it may be some other driver.

    Lenovo pushed the win 8 upgrade and even paid for it but failed to this date to produce any compatible drivers.

    Thanks for all your help!
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    Hmm, odd. The Touch Keyboard looks like this on my desktop with Make everything on your screen bigger turned on.

    This is on a 27" monitor with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

    I'm using Windows 8.1 Preview, so it may only be in that release.

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Jul 2013 at 20:02. Reason: addition
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