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Why is there two on screen keyboards in Windows 8?

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#16 OP Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:38

Here is the Modern Keyboard on the desktop. I don't see any reason for the archaic desktop keyboard to be in Windows 8.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 00:03

The desktop one is probably there for backwards compatibility reasons.


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 00:04

Here is the Modern Keyboard on the desktop. I don't see any reason for the archaic desktop keyboard to be in Windows 8.
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Posted 03 November 2013 - 00:08

I'm sure he gave you the best answer just to make the background of your post green lime. Life is unfair ...

I didn't even realize I was picked for the best answer. :laugh:



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Posted 03 November 2013 - 00:09

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 00:10

The onscreen keyboards work throughout the OS. See the little keyboard icon in the bottom left of the keyboard in the bottom picture, it lets you change the type of keyboard you're using from the regular Windows 8 keyboard to split keyboard, handwriting recognition and the full keyboard from the first picture.



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:08

The 'modern' keyboard doesn't always show text predictions, while the old one does, which I find really strange.

 

This is the first forum I've found to mention the two keyboards, so thanks for confirming I'm not bonkers



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:16

The top one is:

1. part of the accessibility features in Windows (been there since XP at least), and

2. there for apps that run on the Desktop that don't have the functionality to call up the on-screen keyboard when required (it now can be brought up with a single tap (instead of having to go through Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Accessibility-->On-Screen Keyboard)).

 

The bottom one is the native Win 8 keyboard.

 

See, it's XP as well:

 

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I just wish Remote Desktop had native soft-keyboard support (some kind of add-on you could install onto the host PC to enable this would be nice)...



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Posted 11 November 2013 - 08:25

question for the  OP is ther a reason you somehow are still running the windows 8  Developer preview build   that is very very old  



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:21

The On Screen Keyboard is for accessibility reasons and is part of Ease of Access. The OSK has access to keyboard keys that you wont find in the Touch Keyboard like Windows Key, Ctrl, Alt, Esc. The Touch Keyboard is optimized for touch, so a lot of keys were taken out. The OSK makes sense on the desktop when you need to execute a shortcut without a keyboard (like WinKey + Tab) while the Touch Keyboard is great in Metro and works the desktop as well.



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:36

Little note, go to "Change PC Settings", then "PC and Devices", then "Typing" at the very bottom choose "Add the standard keyboard layout as a touch keyboard option", turn it on.

Then go to the keyboard hit the button at the bottom right, then choose the 4th icon to get a more standard keyboard layout, smaller keys, but just as good with more options.