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How to Turn On or Off Touch Keyboard Taskbar Avoidance in Windows 10

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You can use different keyboards with Windows to fit your needs. The most common is a physical, external keyboard that you plug into your PC. Windows 10 includes a touch keyboard for PCs.

By default, the touch keyboard opens on top of the taskbar, and will show in the same position it was last closed at. While users can move the touch keyboard to where they like on their desktop, it can still show on top of the taskbar by mistake.

To avoid this issue, you can turn on taskbar avoidance for the touch keyboard to prevent it from being able to show on top of the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off touch keyboard taskbar avoidance for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn on or off touch keyboard taskbar avoidance.

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The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\StigRegKey\Typing\TaskbarAvoidanceEnabled

Enable DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


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Here's How:

1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Touch Keyboard Taskbar Avoidance

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_touch_keyboard_taskbar_avoidance.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Touch Keyboard Taskbar Avoidance

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_touch_keyboard_taskbar_avoidance.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart explorer process to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn