How to Enable Touch Keyboard on Windows 11

In Windows 11, you can use the touch keyboard to write with your fingers on a touchscreen, such as on a tablet or convertible device. It can also be useful to type or perform actions when the system is having trouble with a physical keyboard.

If you want to use the on-screen keyboard, you must first enable the option to make it available in the system tray of the taskbar, then you can enable or disable it with a simple click.

This guide will walk you through the steps to enable and disable touch keyboard on Windows 11.

How to Enable Touch Keyboard on Windows 11

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

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click it Taskbar page on the right side.

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  1. Click on the “Taskbar corner icons” settings.
  2. turn it on Touch keyboard rocker switch.

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  1. Click it Keyboard in the taskbar.

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Once you complete the steps, the software keyboard will appear on the screen for typing on an app or document just like when using a physical keyboard.

You can also use your finger or the mouse pointer to grab the gripper to move the keyboard. The Settings (gear) button in the upper left corner accesses the context menu with options to change the keyboard layout, switch to handwriting style, and access touch keyboard settings to change the size and color theme.

If you’re done typing, you can use the “X” close button to hide the keyboard.

How to Disable Touch Keyboard on Windows 11

To disable the keyboard button from the taskbar, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click it Taskbar page on the right side.

Open taskbar settings

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  1. Click on the “Taskbar corner icons” settings.
  2. turn it off Touch keyboard rocker switch.

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After completing the steps, the keyboard icon will be removed from the taskbar.

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