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    Touch Keyboard Toolbar - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Touch Keyboard Toolbar - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    How to Enable or Disable Touch Keyboard Toolbar in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    05 Jul 2014
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    How to Enable or Disable Touch Keyboard Toolbar in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    You can use different keyboards with Windows to fit your needs. The most common is a physical, external keyboard that you plug into your PC. Windows 8 also include a touch keyboard for PCs with touch.

    On touch PCs (ex: laptops or tablets), you will notice that if you turn off the "Touch Keyboard" toolbar, it may automatically be turned back on again after a restart.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or completely disable the Touch Keyboard toolbar on the taskbar for all users in Windows 8 and 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Tip   Tip
    If you disable the Touch Keyboard toolbar, you can still use the Touch Keyboard as needed by running the TabTip.exe file OR using the shortcut below if you like.

    Touch Keyboard Shortcut - Create in Windows 8

    warning   Warning
    If you run the SFC /SCANNOW command after doing this tutorial to rename the system file, then you will need to repeat this tutorial again since SFC will restore the default file.


    EXAMPLE: Touch Keyboard toolbar on taskbar

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    Here's How:

    1. In File Explorer, navigate to and open the ink folder at the location below.

    C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink


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    2. Do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.


    3. To Enable Touch Keyboard Toolbar
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Rename the TipBand.dll.bak file back to TipBand.dll, and go to step 5 below.

    4. To Disable Touch Keyboard Toolbar

    A) If you have not already, close the Touch Keyboard below if opened, and remove the "Touch Keyboard" toolbar from the taskbar.

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    B) If you have not already, change the owner of the TipBand.dll file to Administrators, and set permissions for Administrators to "Allow" "Full control". (see screenshot below step 1)


    C) Rename the TipBand.dll file to TipBand.dll.bak, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Note   Note
    If you ever run the SFC /SCANNOW command, it will restore the TipBand.dll file. You would then just need to repeat this step afterwards to disable it again.


    If you would like to completely disable the Touch Keyboard itself instead, then you could repeat step 4 for the TabTip.exe file to do so.



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    5. Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

    7. When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Thanks for the tip Shawn!
    When running Windows in a VM, it always seems to include 'touch' options!
    This takes care of that!

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    You're welcome Edwin. I found it a pain that kept coming back on my laptop that this finally killed.
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    I don't see the file tipband.dll.

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    Hello Jason,

    You would just need to be in your "Program Files" folder instead of the "Program Files (x86)" folder.
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    Windows f 8.1


    Thanks but this doesn't work for me. I followed through all the steps and successfully renamed the file, but the keyboard still pops up every time I select a text box using the touch screen on my Surface Pro 2 and Vaio Duo 13. I'm getting really tired of Windows at this point...
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    Hello gamegurunaga, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    This tutorial doesn't disable the Touch Keyboard itself. It will still work as usual. Instead, it only disables the Touch Keyboard icon on the taskbar notification area.

    If you like, renaming the TabTip.exe file, should disable it though.
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    Windows f 8.1


    Excellent, thank you!
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    You're most welcome.
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    windows8.1


    Please direct me to the ink folders so I can kill the pop up keyboard. Thank You
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