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On Screen Keyboard - Keyboard View

The Keyboard View of the On Screen Keyboard shows the currently selected Keyman Desktop or Windows keyboard layout.

When a Keyman Desktop keyboard layout is selected, black keycaps will show the characters assigned to each key. Many Keyman keyboard layouts also show a second set of blue keycaps. These blue keycaps indicate the characters of the Windows keyboard associated with the current Keyman keyboard layout.

When no Keyman Desktop keyboard layout is selected, full-sized blue keycaps will display the characters of your chosen Windows keyboard.

Using the On Screen Keyboard to type

You can type using the On Screen Keyboard by clicking directly on the keycaps. First, select where you want to start entering text into an application. Then, simply click on the keys to type as normal. You can access Shift, Ctrl and Alt by clicking any of these keys on the keyboard first. You can even mix inputs. For instance, if you hold the Shift key on your hardware keyboard, the On Screen Keyboard will automatically update to show the shifted keycaps.

When no On Screen Keyboard keycaps are shown - Phonetic Keyboard Layouts

Some Keyman Desktop keyboard layouts are designed phonetically and do not show any keycaps. This is because there is not a simple 1-1 correspondence between each key and the letter you want to type. For these keyboard layouts, the Usage view is often helpful and Keyman Desktop will switch to this view by default. This option can be changed in Keyman Configuration.