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How Do I Invoke the Virtual Keyboard in Windows® 7

April 17, 2013  |  Difficulty: Easy

invoke virtual keyboard in Windows® 7.

Using a virtual keyboard on a public computer is a classic security feature available in the Microsoft Windows® operating system. If a computer’s keyboard has been compromised by a hardware keylogging appartus, then you don’t want to type your passwords on the regular keyboard. For most computer users, detecting a hardware keylogging threat is beyond their scope of knowledge. But if you want to insert your passwords more securely when using a public computer, or even a home computer, than via a classic keyboard, you should try the virtual keyboard in Windows®. The steps below explain how to invoke it in Windows® 7.

Invoke the virtual keyboard in Windows® 7:

  1. Click on the “Start” button.
  2. In the search box, type “keyboard” and press “Enter”.
  3. Click on the “On-Screen Keyboard” to launch it and use all its features.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Some virtual keyboards may contain more symbols, including foreign character marks, than the classic, hardware keyboards. If you want to type a special character and don’t see it on your regular keyboard, check your virtual keyboard. You might get lucky.
  • A virtual keyboard may not protect users from a software-based keystroke logger. These types of malicious software capture keystrokes into the receiving end of this process.  

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