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Windows 10 introduces an on-screen keyboard with predictive text. For those using a desktop PC or laptop, this seems rather useless, but it may come in handy when your hardware malfunctions or fails. We’ll show you what the change means for Windows 10 users and speculate on additional changes to the on-screen keyboard in future builds.

Let’s look at the on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 and predictive text.

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Windows 10 Predictive Text On-Screen Keyboard

The Windows on-screen keyboard fixture has been part of the OS for over a decade now and has gone through very few updates in earlier versions. In Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced predictive text to the on-screen keyboard, which for some, will make using it that much easier.

For some, the on-screen keyboard comes in handy when your keyboard dies or goes haywire, so this feature can have big perks for those who use it in a pinch.

One of the quickest ways to open the on-screen keyboard is to search for it from the Windows 10 Start Menu.

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Once open, you can begin using it right away.

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If you right-click on the on-screen keyboard toolbar, you’ll be able to open the options for it. You’re now given many more ways to customize the keyboard to your liking.

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If you look at the bottom of the options, you want to check the box next to “Use Text Prediction” to begin using the feature.

You can also change how the on-screen keyboard works, having it open automatically when you boot in if you use it often.

While the on-screen keyboard may not be something you use every day, it can come in handy in a jiffy or if you just need some extra functionality. With the use of predictive text, especially for touchscreen users, the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard just boosted its efficiency.

Troubleshooting the Windows 10 On-Screen Keyboard

Some users have reported that the on-screen keyboard freezes up and takes several minutes to catch up when typing relatively fast with it. This appears to be a back-end performance issue, and for now, will most likely be ignored by Microsoft until the final Windows 10 release. When the keyboard freezes up, so does predictive text, so don’t be surprised if this happens.

Conclusion

For the majority of Windows 10 users, they’ll never use the on-screen keyboard, even with predictive text as an option. For those of us who’ve used it before in a jam, this update makes it even more viable to get things done when the hardware version fails us. It is especially useful for touchscreen tablets and computers.

While this may seem like a minor change in the Windows OS, it can be a powerful way to take control of Windows’ built-in tools for usability and functionality.