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Create On-Screen Keyboard Shortcut on Desktop in Win 8

If you are interested in how to create a shortcut for On-Screen Keyboard (see the screen shot below) on the computer desktop, you can refer to the following detailed steps.

Video guide on how to create On-Screen Keyboard shortcut on Windows 8 desktop:

4 steps to create On-Screen Keyboard shortcut on the desktop:

Step 1: Create a new text document on the desktop and open it.

Step 2: Enter osk (i.e. the run command of On-Screen Keyboard) in the text document.

Step 3: Click the File option and select Save As in the drop-down list.

Step 4: Rename the file as "On-Screen Keyboard.cmd" (without double quotation marks), and then tap Save.


1. Make sure the file extension is ".cmd".

2. Suppose you think the On-Screen Keyboard shortcut is not eye-catching enough, you can directly pin the On-Screen Keyboard app to the taskbar, as shown in the following picture. For more info, please refer to How to Pin A Program to Taskbar in Windows 8/8.1.

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