Time and Language Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when No Keyboard Attached in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show the touch keyboard when there's no keyboard attached 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.

You can turn on or off to automatically show the touch keyboard when there's no keyboard attached. If turned on, just tap where you’d like to enter text and the touch keyboard will pop up.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22621.1928, Microsoft is trying out a new touch keyboard setting that replaces the “Show the touch keyboard when there’s no keyboard attached” checkbox with a new dropdown menu with 3 options to control whether tapping an edit control should launch the touch keyboard:
  • Never suppresses the touch keyboard even when no hardware keyboard is attached.
  • When no keyboard attached will show the touch keyboard only when the device is used as a tablet without the hardware keyboard.
  • Always will show the touch keyboard even when the hardware keyboard is attached.
Reference:


Show the touch keyboard when there's no keyboard attached is turned on by default for tablet devices.

Show the touch keyboard when there's no keyboard attached is turned off by default for desktop and laptop devices.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when There's No Keyboard Attached in Settings
  • Option Two: (Below build 22621.1928) Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when There's No Keyboard Attached using REG file
  • Option Three: (Build 22621.1928+) Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when There's No Keyboard Attached using REG file


EXAMPLE: Touch Keyboard

Touch_Keyboard.png





Option One

Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when There's No Keyboard Attached in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Time & language on the left side, and click/tap on Typing on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Typing_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Touch keyboard to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Perform one of the following actions depending on which Windows 11 build you have installed: (see screenshots below)
  • If you have a build below Windows 11 build 22621.1926, check (on) or uncheck (off) Show the touch keyboard when there's no keyboard attached for what you want.
  • If you have Windows 11 build 22621.1926 and higher, select Never (default), When no keyboard attached, or Always for what you want in the Show the touch keyboard drop menu.
Typing_Settings-2.png
Typing_Settings-3.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

(Below build 22621.1928) Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when There's No Keyboard Attached using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On Show Touch Keyboard when No Keyboard Attached

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

Turn_ON_show_touch_keyboard_when_no_keyboard_attached.reg


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

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

3 Turn Off Show Touch Keyboard when No Keyboard Attached

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

Turn_OFF_show_touch_keyboard_when_no_keyboard_attached.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7]
"EnableDesktopModeAutoInvoke"=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.




Option Three

(Below 22621.1928+) Turn On or Off Show Touch Keyboard when There's No Keyboard Attached using REG file


1 Do step 2 (never), step 3 (no keyboard), or step 4 (always), below for what you want.


 2. Never Show Touch Keyboard

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Never_Show_the_touch_keyboard.reg


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

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


 3. Show Touch Keyboard when No Keyboard Attached

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Show_the_touch_keyboard_when_no_keyboard_attached.reg


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

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


 4. Always Show Touch Keyboard

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Always_Show_the_touch_keyboard.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\TabletTip\1.7]
"TouchKeyboardTapInvoke"=dword:00000002

5 Save the REG file to your desktop.

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

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

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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I'm not seeing this options in settings after trying all 3 methods. I'm using a desktop and really want these options. Please help
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win 11
I'm not seeing this options in settings after trying all 3 methods. I'm using a desktop and really want these options. Please help

Hello El Capitan, and welcome. :-)

Does your device support touch?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Thanks! Don't think so. It's a desktop setup.

But I don't plan on using touch. I plan on just using a mouse

Ah, no worries then. You shouldn't be bothered by it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Ah, no worries then. You shouldn't be bothered by it.
But I am bothered. I need these settings bc I don't plan on using a keyboard. Only a virtual keyboard.

Currently I use macros on my mouse to pop-up the keyboard, but it would be so much easier if I didn't have to do that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win 11
But I am bothered. I need these settings bc I don't plan on using a keyboard. Only a virtual keyboard.

Currently I use macros on my mouse to pop-up the keyboard, but it would be so much easier if I didn't have to do that.

If wanted, you could have the Touch Keyboard icon show on the taskbar corner area to help make it easier to open and use as needed.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
If wanted, you could have the Touch Keyboard icon show on the taskbar corner area to help make it easier to open and use as needed.

Thanks but that's not the solution I'm looking for. Maybe a driver or a script...but I'm not computer savvy. Oh well, the search continues
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win 11
Unfortunately, this did not work for me with build 22621. So, to try a newer version I joined the insider program and enabled beta releases. Build version is now 22624. Now, registry edit is working - it is indeed disabling touch keyboard! But the insider program requires one to enable optional diagnostic data being sent to Microsoft... which includes browsing activity. Not great to say the least.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11
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