On Screen Keyboard

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An on-screen keyboard is built into Windows XP. It can be useful if you have mobility

impairments, if you are using a tablet PC, or if your keyboard breaks down


To access the on-screen keyboard:

Start / Run / type osk

Now the keyboard opens on your computer screen, featuring three typing modes

you can use to type data:

Clicking mode: where you click the on-screen keys.

Scanning mode: where you press a hot key or use a switch-input device to type

highlighted characters.

Hovering mode: where you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key, which is then


To make a shortcut icon on your desktop to the on-screen keyboard:

Right-click the desktop / New / Shortcut / type osk / Next.

Type a name for the shortcut, and then click "Finish".

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Very useful if you spill a drink on your keyboard. Did it once. It can also be started with Start/ accessories/ accessibility/ onscreen keyboard. It's available in win 98 and 2000 as well as xp. I think it was also in 95 and me


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