How to Enable the Touch Keyboard on Windows 11

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2024 by

With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a new touch keyboard feature that allows users to type on their devices without a physical keyboard. This feature is especially useful for touchscreen devices such as tablets and 2-in-1 laptops. In this article, we will guide you on how to enable the touch keyboard on Windows 11.

Enabling the Touch Keyboard

To enable the touch keyboard on Windows 11, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Start button and select “Settings” from the menu.
  2. In the Settings menu, click on “Personalization.”
  3. On the left-hand side, click on “Taskbar.”
  4. Scroll down and click on “Turn system icons on or off.”
  5. Toggle the switch next to “Touch keyboard” to the “On” position.

Once you have completed these steps, the touch keyboard will be enabled on your device. You can access it by clicking on the keyboard icon in the bottom right corner of your taskbar.

Customizing the Touch Keyboard

The touch keyboard on Windows 11 comes with a variety of customization options to make it more user-friendly. To access these options, follow these steps:

  1. Open the touch keyboard by clicking on the keyboard icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click on the “Settings” icon in the top left corner of the keyboard.
  3. In the settings menu, you can change the keyboard layout, add or remove keys, and adjust the size and transparency of the keyboard.

You can also enable or disable features such as autocorrect, text suggestions, and handwriting recognition in the settings menu.

Using the Touch Keyboard

The touch keyboard on Windows 11 works just like a physical keyboard. You can type by tapping on the keys or use the handwriting recognition feature to write with your finger or a stylus. You can also use the touch keyboard in tablet mode, where it will automatically appear when you tap on a text field.

The touch keyboard also has a variety of useful features, such as the ability to switch between languages and a dedicated number pad for easier number input.

Troubleshooting the Touch Keyboard

If you encounter any issues with the touch keyboard, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:

  1. Make sure your device is up to date with the latest Windows 11 updates.
  2. Restart your device and try enabling the touch keyboard again.
  3. If the touch keyboard is not appearing in tablet mode, make sure the “Automatically show the touch keyboard in tablet mode” option is enabled in the touch keyboard settings.

If these steps do not resolve the issue, you can also try resetting the touch keyboard by going to “Settings > Apps > Apps & features > Touch keyboard > Advanced options > Reset.”

Conclusion

The touch keyboard on Windows 11 is a useful feature for those who prefer typing on a touchscreen or do not have access to a physical keyboard. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily enable and customize the touch keyboard on your Windows 11 device. Have you tried using the touch keyboard? Let us know in the comments.

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