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ITsVISTA Tip 60: Hide a persistant on-screen keyboard in Vista

TipsI had a question in chat from a user that had the On-Screen Keyboard appearing on his screen at startup. How do I get rid of it? He tried Msconfig to see if there was an entry for it, but with no luck. After seeing there were no options of that sort in the On-Screen Keyboard options, I poked around a little and found the answer, which fixed his woes.

Here’s the On-Screen Keyboard, nice when you need it, not so nice when you don’t know why it is appearing!
On-Screen Keyboard
Here’s how to tell it not to automatically start:

  1. Open the Start menu and type Ease in the search box. When Ease of Access Center appears as an option, click it or just press Enter.
    Ease of Access Center
  2. Choose Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard.
    No Mouse or Keyboard
  3. If Use On-Screen Keyboard is checked, that’s why it keeps coming up for you. Uncheck the box and hit the Save button, and you’ll be On-Screen Keyboard free again.
    Uncheck the box

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