How to enable the Touch Keyboard in Windows 11

If you’re using a touchscreen device with Windows 11, the touch keyboard can help in various situations. Maybe you want to use your PC as a tablet, or perhaps its physical keyboard is out of battery or broken. Enabling the touchscreen keyboard adds it to your taskbar, allowing you to bring it up with a single tap whenever you need it. Furthermore, if you want to have fun, the touch keyboard in Windows 11 includes emoticons as well. Read this guide to learn how to enable or disable the touch screen keyboard in Windows 11:

Quick Steps

How to enable the Windows 11 Touch Keyboard:
  1. To begin, right-click or press-and-hold on an empty area on your taskbar, and then click or tap on Taskbar settings.
  2. In the “Taskbar corner icons” section, click or tap on the switch next to Touch keyboard to turn it on.
  3. A keyboard icon is immediately displayed in your system tray. If you click or tap on it, the touch screen keyboard is displayed on the lower part of your screen, and you can use it to type in any app.

How to enable the Windows 11 Touch Keyboard

Depending on your device and its default settings, the Touch Keyboard feature may be disabled by default in Windows 11. However, you can easily enable it and add its icon to your taskbar. To begin, right-click or press-and-hold on an empty area on your taskbar, and then click or tap on Taskbar settings.

Access Taskbar settings

TIP: You can get to the same place by opening the Settings app, accessing Personalization, and then Taskbar.

In the “Taskbar corner icons” section, click or tap on the switch next to Touch keyboard to turn it on.

Enable the touch keyboard in Windows 11

A keyboard icon is immediately displayed in your system tray, as seen below.

The Touch Keyboard icon in the system tray

If you click or tap on it, the touch screen keyboard is displayed on the lower part of your screen, and you can use it to type in any app.

The Windows 11 touchscreen keyboard

How to disable the touch screen keyboard in Windows 11

If you want to turn off the touch keyboard in Windows 11, right-click or press-and-hold on the taskbar again to access the Taskbar settings, as illustrated in the previous chapter. Then, under “Taskbar corner icons, turn off the switch next to the Touch keyboard entry.

Disable the touch screen keyboard in Windows 11

The keyboard icon is hidden from your taskbar.

Do you like the Touch Keyboard in Windows 11?

I like having a backup keyboard for my touchscreen devices, so I enabled the Touch Keyboard icon in Windows 11. I use a lot of emoticons, and it’s easy and fun to have quick chats while using my laptop as a tablet. What about you? Do you like the Windows 11 touchscreen keyboard? What’s your favorite thing about it? Let us know in the comments.

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