Change how information is entered into On-Screen Keyboard

There are three ways to enter data in On-Screen Keyboard:

  • Clicking mode. In clicking mode, you click the on-screen keys to type text.

  • Hovering mode. In hovering mode, you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time, and the selected character is typed automatically.

  • Scanning mode. In scanning mode, On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a hot key or using a switch-input device. Use scanning mode to select keys with a single button or key.

To change the On-Screen Keyboard input mode

  1. Open On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking On-Screen Keyboard.

  2. Click Settings, click Typing Mode, and then select the mode you want:

    • To use clicking mode, click Click to select.

    • To use hovering mode, click Hover to select.

      You can change how long On-Screen Keyboard waits before it selects the key on the Minimum time to hover menu.

    • To use scanning mode, click Joystick or key to select.

      You can set the speed for how quickly the keys are scanned on the Scan interval menu.


  • To use a mouse, joystick, or other pointing device instead of a keyboard key, click Advanced. In the Scanning Options dialog box, select the Serial, parallel, or game port check box. Plug in a joystick, game pad, or other pointing device, and On-Screen Keyboard will work with it.

  • To change the key you use to select keys in On-Screen Keyboard, click Advanced. In the Scanning Options dialog box, select the Keyboard key check box, and then click the key you want to use in the drop-down menu.