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The Microsoft on-screen keyboard, better known as OSK, is available for people to use instead of the physical keyboard. Not many people opt to use the on-screen keyboard over the physical keyboard, but if ever there comes a time when you get stuck and cannot use the physical keyboard, the on-screen version is there to help you out.

The Windows on-screen keyboard is different than the keyboard you see on the screen when using the Windows operating system in tablet mode if you are using a Surface Book or a Surface Pro. You do not need to use the touchscreen on the tablet or laptop to use the OSK.

Windows Ease of Access

The Microsoft on-screen keyboard is available for desktops PC, the Surface Book, the Surface Pro and all laptops. There are many ways to open up the on-screen keyboard; we are demonstrating the select few that we think are the best ways.

How to open the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10

The quickest way to open up the on-screen keyboard is to type “OSK” into the search field in the taskbar and then click on the “On-Screen Keyboard” desktop application.

If you aren’t able to use the search box that is located within the taskbar, you can follow the next way to open it instead.

Click on the “Start” menu from the taskbar at the bottom of the computer’s display.

Scroll down the list of applications and stop when you get to the “Windows Ease of Access” link in the menu and then click on it.

Doing so reveals a few more options in a sub-menu. Click on the one that says “On-Screen Keyboard” and the keyboard is then open on the computer’s display.

You can move the keyboard around wherever you want it by using the usual click and drag feature that Windows adopted for the first time a long time ago. Also, there is an “Option” key located on the keyboard.


Those are two of the best ways to access the On-Screen Keyboard in versions of Windows 10 operating systems. There are at least several more—but you shouldn’t ever have to resort to using any of them, and none of them are quicker than the options presented above.

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