For performing a variety of tasks on the computer, people make use of hardware devices like keyboard and mouse. Due to the ease of use of keyboard shortcuts, people are more adaptable to the keyboard. A host of tasks that can be performed using a mouse can be done using the keyboard also. However, if your keyboard is not working or if your keyboard is broken, you are in for quite a trouble, as you may not be able to perform most of the tasks without the use of a keyboard. In the Windows XP operating system, there is a way in which you can access an onscreen keyboard, which would let you input keystrokes using the keyboard on the screen.
- To get a hold of the On Screen keyboard, you need to click on the Start menu, choose All Programs, select Accessories, click on Accessibility, and choose the Onscreen Keyboard.
- The keyboard menu will be available and you can choose the type of keyboard that you want. You may choose the enhanced keyboard or the standard keyboard and then either the regular layout or block layout may be selected. You may also choose whether your onscreen keyboard should have 101, 102 or 106 keys.
- From the Settings menu, you can choose the preferences. The Always On Top is the application’s default setting. When each time a key is selected, you may choose to produce a click sound. Different choices like Hover to select, Click to select and Use joystick to select can be chosen. The amount of time for the hover or joystick options can be set. In the next menu, you can choose the font.
- Now you need to launch the program into which you would like to enter text. The text area of the program has to be selected. Now in order to familiarize with the on screen keyboard, you need to move over the keys in the on screen keyboard.
- In order to make all the letters in the keyboard in capitals, you need to click on the Shft key. If a mistake is made while you type, you can click the Bksp button or you can select the entire text and make use of the Del button to delete the selection.