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Using Windows 7 Ease of Access Features: On-Screen Keyboard

About the On-Screen Keyboard

The On-Screen program places a keyboard on the computers display and enables you to type with out using the physical keyboard.

Starting the On-Screen Keyboard

1. To open the On-Screen Keyboard, first click on the Ease of Access Center icon on the Desktop.


 

2. On the window that opens, click on where it says Start On-Screen Keyboard.

 

3. After clicking on Start On-Screen, the On-Screen Keyboard shoul appear on your screen.


Adjusting Setting on the On-Screen Keyboard

1. You can adjust several settings on the On-Screen Keyboard, to adjust its functionality to suit your needs and/or preferences.  To access the menu to make these adjustments, you need to select the Options key on the On-Screen Keyboard.


 

2. Once you select the Options button, an options window will appear that will enable you to adjust several settings on how the On-Screen Keyboard works.


 

Optional Numeric Keypad
You can add an optional numeric keypad to the On-Screen keypad.  To add this feature simply click on the box to the left of "Turn on numeric key pad," so that a check mark appears.  A numeric keypad should now appear on the right-hand side of the On-Screen kepboard.


 

Controlling the Input Options on the On-Screen Keyboard

You can control how the On-Screen Keybord accepts input.  There are three options: using mouse to click on the keys on the On-Screen Keyboard, by hovering over the desired key with the mouse pointer, or have the On-Screen keyboard scan through the keys.

  • You can use the mouse to click on the desired letter. to use this option make sure the circle to the left of "Click on keys" is filled in (if it is not, you can do this by clicking on the circle).  You can now select the letter you want by clicking on it on the On-Screen Keyboard.


  •  You can also use the mouse pointer to select the letter you want by hovering over it.  To use this option, make sure the circle to the left of "Hover over keys" is filled in.  The slider underneath "Hover over keys" enables you to select the amount of time the mouse pointer needs to be over a letter before it will type that letter (you can adjust by dragging the slider to the desired time).


  • You can also have the On-Screen Keyboard scan through the available keys until it highlights the desired letter or character.  In this mode the On-Screen keyboard will scan through the keys on the keyboard.  To select this mode make sure the circle to the left of "Scan through keys" is filled in.  The slider underneath this selection enables you to adjust how long each key is highlighted before it moves onto the next one.


The Scan through Keys feature enables you to select how you want to select the desired character when it is scanned over/highlighted.  You can do this by clicking on the box to the left of the desired input so that a checkmark appears.

Note: For more information on how the Scan through keys feature works see below.

 

Using the "Scan through Keys" feature

The Scan through Keys feature works by highlighting sections of the On-Screen keyboard in increasing smaller configurations until you are able to select the character you desired. 

1. In the Scan through Keys mode, the On-Screen keyboard will begin by highlighting the different rows of the keyboard one at a time.  When the row in which the desired character is highlighted, you select it by pushing the spacebar or mouse button (depending on how you configured the scan function, see above).


 

 

2. Once you have selected the proper row, the On-Screen will highlight a small selection of characters in that row (usually between 2 to 4 characters) one at a time.  When the section in which the desired is highlight, select it.

3. Once you have selected the desired section, the On-Screen Keyboard will highlight the individual characters in that section one at a time.  When the desired character is highlighted, select it.

Exiting from On-Screen Keyboard

To exit from On-Screen Keyboard, simply click on the X in the upper-right-hand corner of the on-screen keyboard.  The keyboard should close.