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Windows software glyph inputs: on-screen keyboard,

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/12/09

  • OSK.exe (on-screen keyboard) has been available for a very long time; it’s just a basic software keyboard (with optional numeric keypad)
  • Emoji input (Windows + . or Windows + ;)
  • Touch keyboard is part of the Notification Area (often called Icon Tray), has various layouts including a “handwriting recognition” one
    • It can be started automatically when you do not have a keyboard attached.

Note that Charmap.exe cannot select and copy Emoji, but it can do accented charcters.

Alternatively, you can install an international keyboard layout, but I have found out the hard way that fails in some combinations or remoting tools (sometimes including RDP).

More on this:

I tried starting the Touch Keyboard through other means (like tabtip.exe), but those failed on the Windows 10 machines I tried.



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