How to enable the touch keyboard in Windows 11

If you have a touchscreen PC running Windows 11, a virtual onscreen keyboard can be essential if you want to use it like a tablet. You can call up the touch keyboard at any time by activating an icon in your system tray. Here is how.

To always show the Windows 11 touch keyboard key, we need to briefly go to Windows Settings. Fortunately, Microsoft provides a shortcut: Right-click the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings”.

The “Settings” app is opened with Personalization> Taskbar. Click the Taskbar Corner Icons option to expand the menu.

In the taskbar corner icons menu, select the switch next to “Touch Keyboard” to toggle it to “On”.

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You will immediately notice a small keyboard icon in the lower right corner of your system tray.


When you click or tap the keyboard icon on the system tray, a virtual keyboard appears in the lower part of your screen, just above the system tray.

The Windows 11 touch keyboard

With a touchscreen, you can tap this keyboard to enter any application – just like you would with a physical keyboard (or you can click the mouse). You can reposition the keyboard on your screen by tapping and dragging the “Handle” line in the top center of the keyboard window just above the virtual keys.

When you’re done typing and want to hide the keyboard, tap the X button in the upper right corner of the keyboard window. You can always restore it by tapping the keyboard icon in your system tray again.

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How to disable the Windows 11 touch keyboard tray icon

If you never use the Windows 11 touchscreen keyboard or just want to clean up your taskbar, there is an easy way to turn it off. First, right click on the system tray and select “System Tray Settings”.

In Windows 11, right-click the system tray and choose System Tray Settings.

In Personalization> Taskbar, click on “Taskbar Corner Icons” and then set the switch next to “Touch Keyboard” to “Off”.

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The keyboard icon on the far right of your system tray will immediately disappear. Nice and clean!

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