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How to activate different keyboards

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Thu Jan 24 2008, 04:54am

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You can specify different types of on-screen keyboards to be displayed.

To do this, change (from your program) the KeyboardName parameter in the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ComfortSoftware\CKeyboard.

You have to do it before showing the on-screen keyboard with Windows Messages (see

[ Edited Mon May 26 2008, 09:37am ]

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Mon Mar 23 2009, 03:39pm
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I tried to open the NumPad programatically by changing the registry.But its not working. I wanted to open an alphaneumeric keyboard for text box and NumPad for numeric controls. Please let me know if I can do this by any other way.
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Wed Apr 01 2009, 07:09am

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char  KeyboardName[80];

   KeyboardName = "Standard";
// Fill the COPYDATA structure
   MyCDS.dwData = 1;          // function identifier
   MyCDS.cbData = sizeof( KeyboardName );  // size of data
   MyCDS.lpData = &KeyboardName;           // data structure
// Call function, passing data in &MyCDS
   HWND hwDispatch = FindWindow( "TFirstForm", "CKeyboardFirstForm" );
   if( hwDispatch != NULL )
      SendMessage( hwDispatch,
                   (WPARAM)(HWND) NULL,
                   (LPARAM) (LPVOID) &MyCDS );

[ Edited Tue Apr 14 2009, 01:48am ]

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Thu Apr 15 2010, 07:22pm
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I also had a problem using the registry to load different kb set for the floating kb . I wanted to load different kb before the user click the floating kb button but it did not work, it seems that it is not reading the kb setting on every click (bug?).

so I used the post msg approach and it is working ok now

I am evaluating On-Screen Keyboard V4.0 with vb6
the code converted to vb:

dwData As Long
cbData As Long
lpData As Long
End Type

Private Const WM_COPYDATA = &H4A

Private Declare Function FindWindow Lib "user32" Alias "FindWindowA" (ByVal lpClassName As String, ByVal lpWindowName As String) As Long

Private Declare Function SendMessage Lib "user32" Alias "SendMessageA" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal wMsg As Long, ByVal wParam As Long, lParam As Any) As Long

Private Declare Sub CopyMemory Lib "kernel32" Alias "RtlMoveMemory" _
(hpvDest As Any, hpvSource As Any, ByVal cbCopy As Long)

Public Function VKBLoadKeyboard(ByVal xi_KeyboardName As String) As Boolean

Dim KeyboardName(1 To 255) As Byte
Dim hwnd As Long
Dim sString As String

sString = Trim$(xi_KeyboardName)
If sString = "" Then Exit Function
Call CopyMemory(KeyboardName(1), ByVal sString, Len(sString))

' Fill the COPYDATA structure
MyCDS.dwData = 1 ' function identifier
MyCDS.cbData = Len(sString) + 1 ' size of data
MyCDS.lpData = VarPtr(KeyboardName(1)) ' data structure
' Call function, passing data in &MyCDS
hwnd = FindWindow("TFirstForm", "CKeyboardFirstForm")
If (hwnd <> 0) Then
Call SendMessage(hwnd, WM_COPYDATA, 0, MyCDS)
End If

End Function
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Thu Mar 06 2014, 04:33pm
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My question here may be related to a different scenario of using different keyboards within a Windows Forms (C#) application. I have three different screens need to display keyboards and each screen will need to display a different size and different position of the keyboard. I was able to create the keyboards of my need through using the Keyboard Options menu and save them to three separate ".ini" files through Options Advance selection. I was able to load the ini file corresponding to each of the screens in my application at runtime by using command line "CKeyboard.exe /restore ..." and close the keyboard by "CKeyboard.exe /hidekeyboard". Both commands did the job. But there was a pain in loading and displaying the keyboard when using "CKeyboard.exe /restore..." because there were a couple of flickers (visual effect doesn't look good) everytime and the company QA wouldn't pass it. I am using Comfort On-screen Keyboard software 7.1 and it has been registered. My questions are
1) Am I doing correctly to switch different keyboards by using the /restore option?
2) Is there any suggestion to get rid of the flickers?

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Tue Mar 11 2014, 09:46am

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Command /restore reload all options. It's long operation.

I can recommend you to change the keyboard with a command from this list:

And move the keyboard with Windows Message WM_CSKEYBOARDMOVE:

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