The virtual or on screen keyboard is a graphic image that allows us to write without a physical keyboard in Microsoft Windows 7, with wide range of choice on different input methods: click mode, scroll mode and scan mode. Sometimes we need to use the virtual on screen keyboard in Windows 7: While most of the antivirus, antispyware can detect software keyloggers and malicious code: there are tools dedicated exclusively to deal with keyloggers. But for physical keyloggers we have to use the virtual on screen keyboard in Windows 7. Please read our article on keyloggers, trojans and backdoors, if you are not already aware of these terms. Other than that, some mobile computers may not have physical keyboard, we can use this on screen keyboard on these systems.
Using on screen Keyboard in Windows 7:
How can we access the new Windows 7 operating system virtual keyboard?, For starters we can launch the keyboard in two ways: 1. The first is just by going through: Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Acess > On Screen Keyboard and launching it by a simple click. 2. The second and more easy:
- Click Start orb
- In the search field, type “osk” (without the quotation marks) and you will see the on screen keyboard program icon will appear on the top of the list. Click to launch the on screen keyboard:
The On screen keyboard will launch:
To access the new features and, find the Options key, clicking it will launch this window:
You can use some external device, mouse click or hover or Keyboard space key to “tap” the keys of this virtual keyboard. As you can see on the above screenshot, there is an option (above the OK button) saying “Control whether the on screen keyboard starts when I logon” ; if you click this, you will get this Wizard:
Apart from turning on the on screen keyboard for typing your password during logon, you can set other method of login (such as voice control) to circumvent the use of keyboard or mouse.