How to use OSK (Onscreen Keyboard) to manage keyboard problems?

Had you ever been in a situation when a few keys on your keyboard stopped functioning, say when you had been drafting an important document or email to send? What do you do to overcome this? Keyboard is a very vital PC peripheral and most cannot work on a PC, without a keyboard.Many expert PC users can survive without a mouse but not without a keyboard.However, it is quite common to suddenly find a few keys not functioning on a PC keyboard.But if you are using Windows OS on your PC,you can still overcome the keyboard failure and manage to send that all important document or email.Here are a few tips to manage your PC keyboard’s problems until you find or buy a new keyboard.

I am sure that many regular PC users would have faced keyboard failures.Either the whole keyboard or certain keys wouldn’t function normally. Often, this happens to the frequently used keys like those representing the vowels. Whenever this happens, first check whether the key is stuck.If so, release it and continue editing your document.If not,what should you do?

Your first priority will obviously be to send out the important document or email.How do you accomplish this?

1. You can use the ASCII equivalent of English characters. to do so, turn the Num lock “On”.Then type the ASCII equivalent of the character, while pressing and holding the alt key down. For example, to print “A” on your document or email, press and hold the “alt” key down and then type 65 (ASCII equivalent of “A”).But make sure that the Num lock is turned “On”.You can find an Alt code reference sheet here.

2. Here is an easier method to accomplish your task.Click “Start” –> “Run” and type OSK. This will open an on-screen keyboard as shown below:


You can then use your mouse to click the characters you want to print on your document or email.If you need to print an upper case character, click “Shift” and then click the alphabet you want to print. Wasn’t that easy?

Note that the default typing mode in OSK is “click to Select”.If you want a different typing mode, go to “Settings” –> “Typing mode” and choose either “Hover to select” or “Joystick or key to select”.

Once you are done sending your document or email,

  • Check whether the cable connecting the keyboard to your PC is loosely inserted. If so, try to insert it properly.See whether it resolves the problem.
  • If not, try restarting your PC. Many times, this will resolve your keyboard problems.
  • Else, shutdown the computer, turn off the power and remove the keyboard cable from the system unit.Check to see if any pins or connectors have been bent or broken.If they are, then the cable or the connector need to be replaced.
  • If all pins and connectors are good, then the keyboard needs a replacement.

Hope these tips would help to troubleshoot and manage your keyboard problems.

2 comments on “How to use OSK (Onscreen Keyboard) to manage keyboard problems?

  1. How would you do ctl-alt-del? Just click the osk keys in order or do a lock first?

  2. Use ctrl+shift+esc instead of ctrl+alt+del to pop up the task manager in XP…you need to press these three and not necessarily in the same sequence…

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