How to Enable Touch Keyboard in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to turn on or turn off the Touch keyboard in Windows 11 for easy access on the Taskbar. Detachable laptop screens with Windows 11 have built-in on-screen virtual keyboard that can be used in tablet mode.

Windows can be configured so that when you detach a screen from a laptop, it automatically switches to tablet mode with an on-screen keyboard option, which can be very useful. This post shows you how to turn on the Touch keyboard in Windows so that it is shown on the taskbar where you can access quickly when you need it.

The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Touch keyboard isn’t new to Windows 11, however, getting to it might be confusing for new users. We’ll show you how to show it on the taskbar below.

To get starting enabling Touch keyboard in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to show Touch keyboard on the taskbar in Windows 11

If you’re going to be your laptop screen in tablet mode, the Touch keyboard is very useful to bring along. Below is how to turn it on.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, and select Taskbar on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On Taskbar settings pane, expand the Taskbar cornet icons section and toggle the button to enable Touch keyboard as highlighted below.

When you do, the on-screen virtual keyboard icon should show up on the Taskbar area to the right of your screen.

Now when you want to use the virtual keyboard, simply tab the icon to launch it.

You can use the keyboard like a physical keyboard and when you’re done with it, simply click the X to exit.

How to disable the Touch keyboard in Windows 11

If the keyboard is enabled, but you simply don’t like it, you can go ahead and disable it. To disable, reverse the steps above by going to the Start ==> Settings ==> Personalization ==> Taskbar ==> Taskbar corner icons ==> Touch keyboard, then toggle the button to disable it.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable the Touch keyboard in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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