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Touch Keyboard Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

  1. #10


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    But in this keyboard layout there are missing some keys; e.g.:
    • Windows key
    • Alt key
    • Esc key
    • All F-keys (F1 - F12)
    • PgUp, PgDown, Home, End, PrtScn, ScrLk

    Although you get with the layout switch (bottom right corner on touch keyboard) four different layouts - but no one has the missing keys.

    Here you can add a fifth keyboard layout:
    Windows key + C -> Settings -> Change PC settings -> General -> Touch Keyboard -> Make the standard keyboard layout available

    Then you have at least these keys available:
    • Windows key
    • Alt key
    • Esc key
    • With Fn key: All F-keys (F1 - F12)

    If you start this keyboard: %windir%\system32\osk.exe then you also have:
    • PgUp, PgDown, Home, End, PrtScn, ScrLk

    This keyboard even works as overlay within Metro.
    (Never thought that it is possible to show an other window "over" Windows Metro.)
    This is great. It's almost exactly what I want. The only problem is that when I put this shortcut on my start screen and click it, it opens the osk in the desktop and then I have to hit the windows button to come back into the start screen. I'd like it to launch the osk as an overlay on the start screen as soon as it launches. I'm using a Toshiba convertible and want to search from the start screen by typing without having to open up the physical keyboard. Any further suggestions would be appreciated.

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  2. #11


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate (Old Laptop) + Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (Surface Pro)


    Thanks for the awesome shortcut Brink! Needed it for invoking the touch keyboard via a physical keyboard command. Now using it on my Surface Pro (with Chrome) for those moments I just need to insert an emoji in my comments while the keyboard is unfolded, like this 😉 👍
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  3. #12


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome MrElectrifyer, and welcome to Eight Forums. I'm glad it was able to help.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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