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Windows 7: How to make a Pop-Up Keyboard?

25 Feb 2014   #1
dkplayaclub

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to make a Pop-Up Keyboard?

I have been reading all over the web today and, though I have found many people with a similar question, I have not seen any that got a direct answer. So let me tell you what I am trying to accomplish.
I am setting up a home theater PC for my living room. I don't want a keyboard and mouse cluttering things up and games will also be a big part of the setup so I am attempting to make the entire setup controllable with an XBOX 360 remote.
I use JoyToKey to control almost everything with my 360 remote and would recommend it to all. The only issue I really have is with text entry. All I want is a keyboard that pops up on screen when I select a text input box, but can't find one that works.
Is this even possible? I can't seem to find anything that helps me.


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25 Feb 2014   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

What about the built-in one?

Control Panel, Ease of Access, Start On-screen Keyboard.

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25 Feb 2014   #3
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dkplayaclub View Post
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All I want is a keyboard that pops up on screen when I select a text input box,
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
What about the built-in one?

Control Panel, Ease of Access, Start On-screen Keyboard.

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That is the sticky part of this request. My guess is that the OP wants the virtual keyboard to automatically appear when needed. Let's hope that I'm wrong :-)

The only thing that I can suggest for the OP is to learn AutoIt. Write some code that loops. Each loop evaluates what has focus. If an editable field is in focus, then start and position the native on-screen keyboard. Wait for that keyboard to exit before continuing the loop. Add enough delay to let the user exit the keyboard and exit the edit field so as not to immediately restart the keyboard.

I know how to have AutoIt detect if a field is in focus.
I know how to have AutoIt detect if a field can be edited.
I don't know how to apply that code to every possible edit field that could come into focus.
:-(
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25 Feb 2014   #4
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I have no idea if this is possible - why 'type it' at all, maybe you can just 'say it'

pjd
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26 Feb 2014   #5
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

I'm not sure if this will get you closer or not: Use an Xbox 360 Controller as a Mouse | Instructables It also uses joytokey (JTK).

If I read it right you would assign the Windows on-screen keyboard to pop-up with JTK, but then I'm not sure how you would type with the controller. There is a configuration file included.

Looking through the comments section I found:
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works like a charm! im using my controller to type this. i just assigned a button on my controller to open up the onscreen keyboard!.....
.......I assigned the onscreen keyboard as a button as well but upon clicking it with my mouse (controller) it stops working altogether and I need to reside back to my mousepad on my laptop, any help?
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