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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.

If you’re using a tablet, or if your PC is in tablet mode, the touch keyboard will automatically open when you need it. Just tap where you’d like to enter text and the keyboard will pop up, or press the touch keyboard button on the taskbar.

If you have a touch screen, then this tutorial will show you how to turn on or off automatically showing the touch keyboard when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached for your account in Windows 10.

This tutorial will not work for you if you do not have a touch screen.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard in Desktop Mode when No Keyboard Attached in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard in Desktop Mode when No Keyboard Attached using a REG file

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Turn On or Off Automatically Show Touch Keyboard in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Automatically Show Touch Keyboard in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard in Desktop Mode when No Keyboard Attached in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on Devices.
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Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you will need to click/tap on the Time & language icon instead.

2. Click/tap on Typing on the left side, and turn On or Off (default) Show the touch keyboard when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached under Touch keyboard on the right side for what you want. (see screenshots below)
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Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, you will need to click/tap on Keyboard on the left side, click/tap on the Advanced keyboard settings link on the right side instead.
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3. You can now close Settings if you like.






Turn On or Off Automatically Show Touch Keyboard in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Automatically Show Touch Keyboard in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard in Desktop Mode when No Keyboard Attached using a REG file

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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7

EnableDesktopModeAutoInvoke DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

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


 2. To Turn On Show Touch Keyboard in Desktop Mode when No Keyboard Attached

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

Turn_ON_show_touch_keyboard_when_no_keyboard_attached_in_desktop_mode.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Show Touch Keyboard in Desktop Mode when No Keyboard Attached

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_show_touch_keyboard_when_no_keyboard_attached_in_desktop_mode.reg

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4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.



That's it,
Shawn


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