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The application displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen, so that you can type using a pointing device or touchscreen.

 

Keyboard type

You can select a keyboard type. Each keyboard can have its own arrangement of keys. A special style has been defined for some keyboards. To edit any keyboard, select it and click the Edit... button. The keyboard layout changes depending on the current input language. You don’t have to create your own keyboard for each language.

 

Type characters when keys are released

If this checkbox is checked, characters will be typed when you raise your finger from the surface of a touchscreen or release the mouse button. Otherwise characters will be typed as you touch or click a key, just like with a regular keyboard. This option is especially useful in combination with the settings below.

Note: This feature doesn't work if the Enable key repeat option is on.

 

Enable key repeat

When a key is pressed and held, the keyboard types and continues to type the appropriate symbol at regular intervals until the key is released. This is the common behavior for a hardware keyboard. So you can use the on-screen keyboard for playing games on your mobile PC with a touch-screen.

If you turn it on, the Gestures and Type characters when keys are released features will not work.

 

Show a tip over a pressed character key

If this checkbox is checked, pressing a key will cause a small window with an enlarged version of the corresponding character to pop up. This option is especially useful in combination with the previous option.

 

Show alternate characters or symbols

With this option on, Comfort On-Screen Keyboard will show alternate characters when you press and hold a key. The selected character will be entered when you release the key.

You can edit the list of alternate characters by editing the AlternateSymbols.txt file in the Data subfolder.

Note: This feature doesn't work if the Enable key repeat option is on.

 

Appearance delay (msec)

The delay between the pressing of a key and the appearing of the list of alternate characters.

 

Expert Settings

 

Show while holding down the key

Check this checkbox to show the keyboard when you hold down one of the selected keys: Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or Win.

 

Appearance delay (msec)

The delay between the pressing of a control key and the appearing of the on-screen keyboard.

 

Repeat delay (msec)

The amount of time that elapses before a character repeats when you hold down a key.

 

Repeat rate (characters per second)

The speed at which a character is repeated when you hold down a key.

 

Mouse pointer

There are three mouse pointer types that you can use: Standard (Arrow), Hand, or Invisible.

 

Show key characters in the UPPER CASE

If this option is on, key characters will be displayed in the upper case regardless of the state of the Shift and CapsLock keys.

 

 

Note: You can use a keyboard shortcut to open the on-screen keyboard for a brief text entry. First, set the appearance options for the keyboard to hide it automatically when you don’t need it. Second, turn on the Show while holding down the key option.

 

 

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