Personalization Turn On or Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing the key background on the touch keyboard for your account in Windows 11.

Windows 11 includes a touch keyboard you can click/tap on to enter text. This can be handy if you have a PC with a touchscreen without a physical keyboard.

The key background on the touch keyboard outlines and highlights the individual keys to make them standout more on the touch keyboard.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard using REG file


EXAMPLE: Key background on and off for touch keyboard

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Touch_keyboard_key_background-off.png





Option One

Turn On or Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Touch keyboard or Text input on the right side. (see screenshots below)


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3 Under Keyboard theme, turn On (default) or Off Key background for what you want. (see screenshots below)

In Windows 11 build 22504 and higher, you will need to click/tap on Touch keyboard to expand it open first, then check (on) or uncheck (off) Key background.


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Text_input-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.

2 Turn On Key Background for Touch Keyboard

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_key_background_for_touch_keyboard.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7]
"IsKeyBackgroundEnabled"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off Key Background for Touch Keyboard

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_key_background_for_touch_keyboard.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7]
"IsKeyBackgroundEnabled"=dword:00000000

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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