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Recently, my laptop has been presenting me with Windows’ Touch Keyboard every time I open the lock screen…even though my laptop doesn’t have a touch screen. Having a similar issue? Here are some possible solutions.
If You Can, Find and Uninstall the Culprit (or Stop It From Auto-Starting)
If this started happening randomly, it’s likely because of a new app or driver you installed. I strongly suspect the culprit on my system was Air Display, but since it doesn’t properly uninstall on Windows 10, I couldn’t really confirm or fix the problem this way. But think about the apps you’ve recently installed, and if one of them might have caused your computer to think it has a touch screen, or need ease of access features. Uninstall it, and restart your computer to see if the problem goes away.
Alternatively, you can open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc on your keyboard, and go to the Startup tab. Try disabling certain startup tasks here to see if it solves the problem. If you’re lucky, the issue only exists when the culprit is active, so you can at least prevent that during normal use of your computer.
Disable the Touch Keyboard in Ease of Access
If you’re lucky, the touch keyboard got turned on through Windows’ official Ease of Access Center, and you can solve the problem by merely turning it off.
To get there, open the Start menu and type “ease of access”. Press Enter when the Ease of Access Center option appears.
From there, click “Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard.”
Uncheck the “Use On-Screen Keyboard” checkbox. If it’s already unchecked, check it, click Apply, then uncheck it–just for good measure. Click OK to save your changes and exit this screen.
Disable the Touch Keyboard Service
If the above options don’t work, you may have to go a little more nuclear and disable touch services altogether. That means if your laptop does have a touch screen, or if some app requires these features to work properly, you might break something. But don’t worry: these steps are completely reversible, so if they break something, you can always switch it back.
To disable Windows’ touch keyboard service, open the Start menu and type “services”. Press Enter.
Scroll down to “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service”. Double-click on it.
Locate the Startup Type dropdown, and change it to “Disabled”.
This is the solution that eventually worked for me, and since I don’t use any touch-related features, it didn’t break anything I wanted to keep.
Got any of your own solutions to this problem? Be sure to let us know in the comments, and we can include them in this list.
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Microsoft’s Windows 10 is still not bug-free, the latest Fall Creators Update has an issue where the touch keyboard would pop-up at login. It appears to be an issue introduced with the Fall Creators Update, if you are getting touch keyboard pop-up at login in Windows 10, you are not alone and luckily there’s an easy fix available.
Remember that the clean installation of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update wouldn’t fix the keyboard pop-up at login bug, all you need to do is get rid of the Windows Mixed Reality software, it comes pre-installed with the Fall Creators Update and surprisingly it is causing the problem.
How to fix touch keyboard pop-up at login in Windows 10
As of right now, there are two ways to fix the touch keyboard pop-up at login bug in Windows 10. The first one is a temporary solution where you will need to kill keyboard and input process in Task Manager, however, the bug might appear once again when you’ll reboot your PC or open the touch keyboard manually.
The second and permanent solution is to remove the Windows Mixed Reality from the system, it is one of the best features introduced with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update but due to some reasons, it appears to be creating login problems for some users.
Method 1: Fix touch keyboard pop-up at login in Windows 10
- Open the Task Manager, (it can be accessed from CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination or if you are on the login screen, just press the iconic CTRL + ALT + DEL key combination).
- Once Task Manager is opened, find and kill the below task:
- Keyboard and Input.
- That’s it, now you will not get the touch keyboard pop-up until you open the touch keyboard manually.
Method 2: Fix touch keyboard pop-up at login in Windows 10
- Open Registry Editor, also make sure that the Windows 10’s Settings app is not opened.
- On the registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Holographic
- Create (or modify) 32-bit DWORD with name “FirstRunSucceeded” and set it to 0.
- That’s it, Windows Mixed Reality has been disabled on your system.
- You can restart your PC and check whether the touch keyboard reappears (it wouldn’t!).
Despite the beta testing with Windows Insiders for over 6 months, one might wonder as to how did this bug make it to the public release. Anyways, as a lot of users have already reported this bug to Microsoft, the fix would be on the way to the general public.
Touch keyboard (or On-Screen Keyboard) is a feature of Windows 10 which presents a virtual keyboard on your device that can be disabled. This is an ‘ease of access’ feature which lets you use a fully functional virtual keyboard using your mouse or touchscreen in case your physical keyboard is not working properly.
If you or someone using your PC accidentally turned on the Touch Keyboard and it is bothering you, you should follow this article to learn some very easy methods to disable it.
Why does the Touch keyboard keep appearing?
If the touch keyboard keeps appearing on your PC even though you have a physical keyboard, it is possible if your PC is a convertible and Windows is mistaking with its touch mode.
If your PC is not a convertible, then someone must have accidentally turned on Touch Keyboard, or in rare cases, it can be a bug that turns it on during a remote connection with another computer.
Is it safe to disable the Touch Keyboard?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to disable it. The tool is an optional feature for better accessibility for Windows 10 users, but if you have a completely functional physical keyboard, then it makes no sense to keep the it on and you should disable it immediately as it is nothing but an obstruction that takes up space on your display.
Follow the methods below to easily disable the touch keyboard in Windows 10:
Methods to disable the Touch Keyboard in Windows 10
There are a few simple ways that can be used to turn off the touch keyboard which I have explained below. Let’s start:
Method 1: Using shortcut key
This is the fastest and shortest-method to disable the touch keyboard on your PC:
- Press Ctrl + Windows + O keys simultaneously to turn Touch Keyboard off.
Method 2: Using the ease of access system settings
1) Go to Windows Settings
2) Click on Ease of Access option
3) Scroll down in the left panel to find Keyboard option and click on it
4) You will see the button ‘Use the On-Screen Keyboard’ under ‘Use your device without physical a keyboard’, turn it off.
Method 3: Disabling Touch Keyboard service from Services application
If all of the above method not work, then use the Services option, here are the steps:
1) Press Windows + R to open the Run application
2) Type services.msc in the Run text field and press ENTER to open Services Application
3) In the Services application window, look for Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service and open it
4) Disable the service by clicking on the Startup type drop-down menu and choosing Disabled option
5) Stop the service and Apply the changes
6) Close the services application.
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The On-Screen keyboard is an accessibility feature built into Windows that can be utilized whenever the physical keyboard on your computer is malfunctioning. See the link below on how to enable or disable Touch Screen (by finger) in Windows 10 https://techdirectarchive.com/2020/02/09/how-to-enable-or-disable-touch-screen-by-finger-in-windows-10/
However, the on-screen keyboard might not be needed when you are implemented certain lockdown scenarios or due to space, it consumes when it starts automatically as soon as you login to your computer, with the later, this can be quite frustrating. To prevent the on-screen keyboard from starting automatically, use the following methods.
Via the Control Panel: Launch the control panel and navigate through the following areas
Modify as shown below
Via the Settings Window: Search for Ease of Access Center as shown below
This will open the following windows below,
– Switch of “use the On-Screen Keyboard”
Via the registry: This can be achieved by searching under the Windows search “Regedit.exe” and navigate to the following location
Double click on “ShowTabletKeyboard” and set it to “1” to enable it. Set it to “0” to disable it.
Note: If this key does not exist, you can create it. Here it is set to zero (disabled)
Via the “Msconfig“ or “Task manager”: This can also be one via the “msconfig“ or “task manager”, then check under the “Startup” tab to disable (uncheck) any keyboard software that might be running.
Now in Windows 10 you will be redirected to select “Task Manager“, then select the “Startup” tab to disable keyboard software.
Here I would like to proceed with the msconfig option
Double click on the System Configuration, this will open the System Configuration Window.
Here you can disable any keyboard software that is running
Via the OSK in windows 10: Disable OSK in windows 10
Via the Command Prompt: You can use the command prompt in the following ways to disable the on-screen keyboard service.
Next, enter the following commands below to stop the service.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.
When you turn on Windows 11/10 PC, and if you see the On-Screen keyboard appears on startup or login screen, then it can be pretty annoying to close it manually every time. Every time it appears, you will have to click on the x button to get rid of it. In this post, we will share how you can disable the On-Screen keyboard from appearing on startup or login screen when you boot Windows 11/10.
Windows On-Screen keyboard appears on login
- Disable On-Screen keyboard via the Settings app
- Toggle it via Control Panel
- Disable or Remove the On-Screen keyboard from the Startup
- Disable Touch screen keyboard and handwriting panel service.
There is one thing you should know. If you are using Windows 10 in tablet mode, i.e., when there is no keyboard attached to the main hardware, the On-Screen keyboard can appear as soon as you tap on one of the users to enter the password.
1] Disable On-Screen keyboard via the Settings app
- Use WIN + I to open Settings, and then navigate to Ease of Access > Keyboard
- Turn off the toggle next to Use the On-Screen Keyboard.
2] Toggle it via Control Panel
Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Ease of Access Center, and click on the Start On-Screen Keyboard option. It will turn off the keyboard.
3] Disable or Remove On-Screen keyboard from the Startup
- Right-click on the Taskbar, and select Task Manager
- Switch to Startup Tab
- Check if there is a listing of Accessibility On-Screen keyboard.
- Right-click on it, and select Disable.
You can manually launch the keyboard by typing osk.exe in the Run prompt.
4] Disable Touch screen keyboard & handwriting panel service.
- Run services.msc to open Services Manager
- Locate Touch screen keyboard and handwriting panel service.
- Double click to open its Properties
- Change the Startup type to Manual.
If you are using a tablet, you may not want to disable it.
I hope the instructions were easy to follow, and you were able to get rid of the On-Screen keyboard from starting at every login or startup.
We are using Windows 10 on a kiosk system. Normally, the user interacts with the system via touch-screen, but a keyboard is available if required.
We have enabled “Automatically show the touch keyboard in windowed apps when there’s no keyboard attached to your device.” in the typing settings and during normal operation, this is what we require. Whenever the user uses the touch input to focus control that accepts text, the touch keyboard is shown. If he uses mouse or keyboard, it stays hidden.
However, on the Login or Lock Screen, no keyboard is shown. A worse one may be manually shown using the Ease of Access settings, but this is not something that the user should need to do on every login. Can we get the same behaviour at the Login Screen as later in the OS?
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Having the keyboard attached will change the behavior of Windows. Unplug the keyboard and reboot.
Alternatively you can try this:
In addition to the tips listed, you can also enable Tablet Mode. This will bring the on-screen keyboard each time input is needed.
To enable Tablet Mode, open the Notification bar (Win + A) and then click on Tablet Mode.
Try to set the following checkbox: Control Panel -> Ease of Access -> Ease of Access Center -> Change sign-in settings [on the left] -> Type without keyboard (On-Screen Keyboard) : at sign-in .
- Set Tablet mode
- Use regedit to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility\ATs\osk
- Check if CopySettingsToLockedDesktop is set to 1, and set it if not
Windows 10 has so many bugs. Sometimes,we have to find a third party software solution. For your situation, I recommend a software named ‘Tabtip on-demand’, a good software developed by a Swiss developer. Here’s an overview from their own site:
Tabtip On-Demand is a great tool for mobile users with Tablet PC which adds the missing keyboard « on-demand » functionality to the WIndows input panel. It is also able to scroll web pages and push input fields into view, thus the text are typing is never hidden behind the keyboard. Tabtip On-Demand also makes the keyboard available by mouse click (optional) on the desktop as well as in the Modern UI (Windows 8 and above).
This is what Tabtip looks like:
I’m using it now to type this answer.
Personally, I think it is useful; you can forget it once you start it. You can always make setting by clicking its icon at right menu corner. It has two modes: Tabtip mode and OSK mode. However, it cannot always pop up in some special text field (for example,text field of Google), then you have to start keyboard manually.
I posted an article previously that shows you how to disable the Windows 10 touch keyboard on a tablet or laptop (you can find that here). That was because it annoyed users when they did not intend to use it. For example, when I am using my Wacom pen tablet, every time I touch a text field, the on-screen keyboard pops up even though it is disabled in the main settings.
This can be extremely irritating if you do not use handwriting recognition (I obviously don’t on my desktop or laptop).
And I also noticed that people have been coming to that article looking for ways to turn ON the touch keyboard. Well, what goes around comes around. 🙂
So in this article, I outline the process of enabling the Windows 10 touch keyboard or handwriting recognition again.
How to make the Windows 10 touch keyboard pop up automatically:
- Press WinKey + R to pop up the “Run” menu and enter services.msc
- Hit OK and you will reach the Services panel. There in the list, find Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service.
- Right click and select Properties. In the General tab, change the Startup Type to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start). Either of those will do.
- Now check if the keyboard pops up when you try to enter text.
- If it does not, restart your computer and see if it works.
- If it still does not, again go to the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service and open properties. This time, open the Dependencies tab and you will find a list of processes quoted as “The service depends on the following components”.
- Now close the properties window and check the list of Services and make sure that the services mentioned above are either “Running” or in “Automatic” mode. If they are disabled, you should enable them.
- Now again find the Touch Keyboard service and enable it as Automatic.
- See if this works for you!
It worked fine on my Dell Venue 8 Pro and also on my Dell Inspiron i7 3537 laptop. If you are still having issues, drop me a message or leave a comment below.
Have a great day!
เมื่อเร็ว ๆ นี้แล็ปท็อปของฉันนำเสนอ Windows Touch Keyboard ทุกครั้งที่ฉันเปิดหน้าจอล็อค . แม้ว่าจะเป็นแล็ปท็อปก็ตาม ไม่มีหน้าจอสัมผัส. มีปัญหาที่คล้ายกัน? นี่คือวิธีแก้ปัญหาที่เป็นไปได้.
หากคุณทำได้ค้นหาและถอนการติดตั้ง Culprit (หรือหยุดไม่ให้เริ่มอัตโนมัติ)
หากสิ่งนี้เริ่มเกิดขึ้นแบบสุ่มอาจเป็นเพราะแอพหรือไดรเวอร์ใหม่ที่คุณติดตั้ง ฉันสงสัยอย่างมากว่าผู้ร้ายในระบบของฉันคือ Air Display แต่เนื่องจากไม่ได้ถอนการติดตั้งอย่างถูกต้องใน Windows 10 ฉันจึงไม่สามารถยืนยันหรือแก้ไขปัญหาได้ด้วยวิธีนี้ แต่ให้นึกถึงแอพที่คุณเพิ่งติดตั้งและหากหนึ่งในนั้นอาจทำให้คอมพิวเตอร์ของคุณคิดว่ามันมีหน้าจอสัมผัสหรือต้องการความสะดวกในการเข้าถึง ถอนการติดตั้งและรีสตาร์ทคอมพิวเตอร์ของคุณเพื่อดูว่าปัญหาจะหายไป.
หรือคุณสามารถเปิดตัวจัดการงานได้โดยกด Ctrl + Shift + Esc บนแป้นพิมพ์และไปที่แท็บเริ่มต้น ลองปิดการใช้งานเริ่มต้นที่นี่เพื่อดูว่าสามารถแก้ปัญหาได้หรือไม่ หากคุณโชคดีปัญหานี้จะเกิดขึ้นเฉพาะเมื่อผู้ร้ายทำงานอยู่ดังนั้นอย่างน้อยคุณสามารถป้องกันได้ในระหว่างการใช้งานคอมพิวเตอร์ตามปกติ.
ปิดใช้งานคีย์บอร์ด Touch ในการเข้าถึงที่ง่าย
หากคุณโชคดีแป้นพิมพ์สัมผัสได้เปิดผ่านทางศูนย์ความง่ายในการเข้าถึงอย่างเป็นทางการของ Windows และคุณสามารถแก้ปัญหาได้โดยเพียงแค่ปิด.
หากต้องการไปที่นั่นให้เปิดเมนูเริ่มและพิมพ์“ ความสะดวกในการเข้าถึง” กด Enter เมื่อตัวเลือกความง่ายในการเข้าถึงศูนย์ปรากฏขึ้น.
ยกเลิกการทำเครื่องหมายที่ช่อง“ ใช้แป้นพิมพ์บนหน้าจอ” หากไม่ได้ทำเครื่องหมายไว้ให้ตรวจสอบคลิกนำไปใช้แล้วยกเลิกการเลือกเพียงเพื่อการวัดที่ดี คลิกตกลงเพื่อบันทึกการเปลี่ยนแปลงของคุณและออกจากหน้าจอนี้.
ปิดใช้งานบริการ Touch Keyboard
หากตัวเลือกด้านบนใช้งานไม่ได้คุณอาจต้องใช้พลังงานนิวเคลียร์เพิ่มขึ้นอีกเล็กน้อยและปิดใช้งานบริการสัมผัสทั้งหมด นั่นหมายความว่าหากแล็ปท็อปของคุณมีหน้าจอสัมผัสหรือหากแอพบางตัวต้องการคุณสมบัติเหล่านี้ในการทำงานอย่างถูกต้องคุณอาจผิดพลาดบางอย่าง แต่ไม่ต้องกังวล: ขั้นตอนเหล่านี้สามารถย้อนกลับได้อย่างสมบูรณ์ดังนั้นหากพวกเขาทำอะไรบางอย่างผิดพลาดคุณสามารถสลับกลับมาได้เสมอ.
หากต้องการปิดใช้งานบริการแป้นพิมพ์สัมผัสของ Windows ให้เปิดเมนู Start แล้วพิมพ์“ services” กดปุ่มตกลง.
เลื่อนลงไปที่“ Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” คลิกสองครั้งที่มัน.
Have you ever encountered the phenomenon that on-screen keyboard keeps popping up on Windows? Are you bothered by the issue? Don’t worry! Here, MiniTool will give you some methods to prevent on-screen keyboard from popping up on Windows 10.
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An Introduction to On-Screen Keyboard
On-Screen keyboard is provided by Windows, enabling you to type even if you don’t have access to a physical keyboard. The on-screen keyboard is especially useful for touchscreens, but you can also use it to type with the mouse.
In Windows 10 and Windows 8, there are two on-screen keyboards actually. One is the basic touch keyboard that you are able to call up from the taskbar, and the other is the more advanced on-screen keyboard in the Ease of Access Settings.
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Though the on-screen keyboard is convenient, the phenomenon that the keyboard keeps popping up makes Windows 10 users confused. So, how to stop on-screen keyboard from popping up Windows 10?
Now, let’s explore the solutions together!
Solution 1: Disable On-Screen Keyboard Through Ease of Access Center
Ease of Access Center is a program in Control Panel, which can help you prevent on-screen keyboard from popping up on Windows.
The specific steps to disable on-screen keyboard in Ease of Access Center are provided in below.
Step 1: Type ease of access center in the search box, and then select Ease of Access Center from the search results list to continue.
Step 2: Then choose the use the computer without a mouse or keyboard option in the pop-up page.
Step 3: Uncheck Use On-Screen Keyboard, and then click OK to finish the operation.
When you finish the whole operation, the on-screen keyboard will not pop up on your PC.
Solution 2: Disable On-Screen Keyboard Through Services
To prevent on-screen keyboard from popping up on Windows 10, Services is a great choice. With a few steps, you are able to disable on-screen keyboard with ease.
Step 1: Type services in the search box, and then select Services among the search results list.
Step 2: Find the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service and right click it to select Property from the pop-up menu.
Step 3: Set the Startup type as Disabled, and then click OK to finish the whole process.
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Solution 3: Disable On-Screen Keyboard Through Registry Editor
Alternatively, you can also disable on-screen keyboard through Registry Editor. Changing the value data in Registry Editor to change the on-screen keyboard from popping up Windows 10 is rather simple.
Here is the guide to disable on-screen keyboard in Registry Editor.
Step 1: Press the Windows plus R key at the same time to open the Run window. After typing regedit in the Run window, click OK to enter the Registry Editor.
Step 2: Modify Show TabletKeyboard.
- Follow the path HKLM (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE) – > SOFTWARE – > Microsoft – > Windows – > CurrentVersion – > Authentication to find Show TabletKeyboard.
- Right click Show TabletKeyboard, and then select the modify feature from the menu.
Step 3: Set the Show TabletKeyboard value data as 0, and then click OK to save the change.
How to stop on-screen keyboard from popping up Windows 10? After reading the above content, you may know what you can do to fix the issue. You are able to choose one method from the given methods freely.
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