How to Resize On-Screen Keyboard

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  1. SAM 2013

    SAM 2013 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The gigantic On-Screen keyboard covers up half of the screen
    and program window on my Surface Pro 3. using Windows 8.1
    I have been using the M.S. Accessibility keyboard as you can resize it, but it
    has the huge sidebars, etc. and you can not write out text input.

    A friend showed me a Registry hack that resizes the OnScreen Keyboard.
    (As always, back up your registry, use at your own risk)

    1) Go to RUN--
    Type :
    regedit

    2) Browse to:
    HKLM(Local Machine)>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer

    3) Once at Explorer> Rt Click on Explorer folder and Add New Key
    Type:
    Scaling
    (This adds a new folder titled 'Scaling' under Explorer)

    4) Rt Click on Scaling folder:
    Add-- New String Value
    Type:
    Monitorsize

    5) Double Click on MoniterSize:
    Enter String Value "25"
    (For a half screen-width keyboard)

    6) Restart or Shut down/Restart
    Keyboard will now pop up much smaller


    Smaller numbers results in larger keyboard.
    20=2/3 screen width
    Experiment for your desired size.

    So far I have not experienced any abnormalities, in other programs
    I use Internet Explorer for web browsing.

    I understand it also works in Windows 10,
    but I don't have Windows 10 to test it.
     
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  2. Yoyo

    Yoyo Pen Pal - Newbie

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    This has been an annoyance for years. Now to work up the nerve to root around in there...

    Thank you for posting!
     
  3. dbrn

    dbrn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Nice hack for what is definitely an irritation. What I've done since I got my SP3 is use Hot Virtual Keyboard instead. It's free to download (just google it), totally customizable and scalable, and 99% reliable.
     
  4. WillAdams

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    Tried this.

    At a setting of 26, Disabled the corner keyboard and symbol keyboard on a 1280x800 screen

    18 restored the corner keyboard

    17 seemed a good size
     
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  5. SAM 2013

    SAM 2013 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Glad this helped you.
    What is a "Corner keyboard?"
     
  6. SAM 2013

    SAM 2013 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    It looks neat. But I do not see a TIP input,
    unless it is something you have to add.

    I wonder why Microsoft took out the resizing option,
    doe not make sense?
     
  7. dbrn

    dbrn Scribbler - Standard Member

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    That's right, no TIP. But if you leave the native OSK in the system tray too, you can easily access both. That comes in handy sometimes because Windows will only push screen real-estate up when you use the native OSK, not when you use HVK. But I find that's an infrequent irritation, and well worth it in order to have a normal-sized OSK that doesn't eat up half the screen. I also like being able to choose which keys are/aren't there, and where they sit.

    Does anyone else find the TIP on the Surface line really lacking? I've never even figured out what to do when I run out of space in the TIP mid-sentence - how do you clear the TIP window and keep going? My old EP121 was way better, adding space until you tapped a button to shift your text onto the screen, and clearing the TIP.
     
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    I use space or enter to clear the tip window.
     
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  9. dbrn

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    Okay, thanks, that helps. Guess I should have thought of that, but it seems weird to have to do something to clear the TIP.
     
  10. WillAdams

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    The corner keyboard is the one divided in two so one can use one’s thumbs.

    Managed to get it back at larger sizes, but once it was back, things were too large.
     
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