How to Get the Full Layout in Windows 10's Touch Keyboard

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Microsoft designed the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 with tablet users in mind. The large keys are easy to tap, autocorrect and text suggestion are built in and there's an emoji button. However, the default keyboard is missing special keys, such as function keys and a number row. If you prefer a full keyboard layout or just need to use it once in a while, here's how to access it.

To switch to the full keyboard layout, you have to turn the option on in Settings.

1. Open the Settings app. You can do this from the Start menu.

windows10 settings2. Click or tap Devices.

windows10 devices

3. Click or tap Typing.

windows10 devices typing4. Toggle on "Add the standard keyboard layout as a touch keyboard option."

windows10 devices typing standard5. Now click or tap the keyboard icon in the taskbar.

touch keyboard taskbarIf you don't see that icon, right-click or long-press on the taskbar and select "Show touch keyboard button."

touch keyboard taskbar show

6. Click or tap the keyboard button at the bottom right of the on-screen keyboard.

touch keyboard button7. Select the standard keyboard icon. It's the right-most icon.

touch keyboard button2

Now you'll have access to the Alt, function, tab, and other keys missing from the default touch keyboard. To switch back, head to that keyboard button again to change the layout.

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  • Marie A Ybarra Says:

    would like on screen keyboard to NOT stay on top

  • JohnCB Says:

    As Shawn commented, there is also the on-screen keyboard which includes the home, end keys and other goodies. This is also available through the start screen in the long menu on the left, under Windows Ease of Access.

  • BigMat Says:

    the instructions do work but this is a standard keyboard. it's missing the numeric keypad and the other important keys (Print, Home, End NumLock...)

  • Billy Says:

    Initially the right-most keyboard was greyed out for me. Then I double-checked that I was in Settings->Devices->Typing. I realize that's what you suggested, but I had clicked language settings and was looking around like an idiot.

  • Brian Says:

    The far right option is there, but unavailable for use (you can't click it - it's just a picture) I just upgraded to Windows 10 Anniversary so I don't know if they changed that or not in this update.

  • vivek Says:

    worked. really helpful. thanks.

  • angela Says:

    Great directions. Thank you so much!!

  • flavia Says:

    Great!!! it worked as I followed the steps shown in this tutorial. Not always do I have the same result.

  • adrian morris Says:

    sorry did i miss something,there is no alt key in the picture you show or any other keyboard options?

  • Shawn Says:

    The "on-screen keyboard" is much better than the touch keyboard for pc use. It is used to log-in to Windows 10. I found it by searching "keyboard" in the file explorer and adding a shortcut to windows. I like being able to minimize it in the tray, the same way other windows are minimized.

  • mike lieven Says:

    this so called "full" layout is nowhere near a full keyboard layout aside from still missing the number pad it doesn't even have buttons like home, end, page up/down print screen, or pause/break

    "full" layout just as useless as the tablet layout.

  • Eyosiyas Bisrat Says:

    The touch key board is too useful so that I like it very much

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