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How to Open and Close Onscreen Keyboard on Windows 8/8.1

Like Touch Keyboard (see pic.1), there is On-Screen Keyboard (refer to pic.2) hidden in windows 8/8.1 computer. Furthermore, comparing the following two photos, you can find that the keys and functions of the later are more than those of the former. Meanwhile, the On-Screen Keyboard is more similar to the physical keyboard.

Pic.1 Touch Keyboard

Pic.2 On-Screen Keyboard

In consequence, it is advantageous for you to use the On-Screen Keyboard if you own a Windows 8 tablet. Besides, if your Windows 8 PC is laptop or desktop, you can apply this keyboard to input some significant and confidential data such as bank card number, bank card password, payment code, etc. And if you are still wondering about how to open and close On-Screen Keyboard, you can refer to the following methods.

Video guide on how to open and close On-Screen Keyboard on Windows 8:

1. Four methods to open On-Screen Keyboard

Way 1: Use a run command to open the keyboard.

Press Windows key+R to open the Run window, input osk in the empty box and then tap OK to open it.

Way 2: Open On-Screen Keyboard in the Ease of Access Center.

Step 1: Open Ease of Access Center with the hot key of Windows key+U.

Step 2: Locate and choose Start On-Screen Keyboard in the center.

Way 3: Open the keyboard from Apps interface.

Step 1: Right-tap an icon or blank area on the Start screen, and select All apps on the lower right corner.

Step 2: As the Apps screen appears, find On-Screen Keyboard and open it by a click.

Way 4: Use Search function to seek out and open On-Screen Keyboard.

Step 1: Press Windows key+F to open Search bar.

Step 2: Choose Apps in the Search list, and enter on-screen keyboard in the blank box.

Step 3: Tap On-Screen Keyboard in the left search result.

2. Two methods to close On-Screen Keyboard

Method 1: Close the keyboard by the close button on it.

Click the close button on the top right of the keyboard.

Method 2: Use composite key to turn it off.

Step 1: Tap blank space on the keyboard to select it.

Step 2: Press Alt+F4 to close it.

The introduction on the means to open and close Windows 8/8.1 On-Screen Keyboard comes to an end. BTW, if you want to learn more about Touch Keyboard, you may be interested in How to Turn on Windows 8/8.1 Touch Keyboard.

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