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How would one go about customising the on screen keyboard on a Microsoft Surface Pro? I've noticed that it doesn't have an alt or Esc key and I can't think of any good reason why those keys, among others, should not be there. In particular I want to use keys such as [ and ]. Also there are no up and down arrow keys.

I already have a type cover but sometimes I'd like to use those keys without having the type cover attached.

Ideally I'd like a way to enable those missing keys and perhaps to remove the ones that I don't want, such as the emoticon key.

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1.Go to your home screen

2.Open the Charms Menu, Tap “Settings”, choose “Change PC Settings”

3.Scroll down to “Ease of Access” and you’ll notice an option that says “Pressing Windows + Volume Up will turn on”

4.From the drop down menu select “On-Screen Keyboard”.

5.Now try enabling it by pressing the capacitive Windows Button on your Surface and the Physical Volume Up Key on the left side of your device at the same time.

http://www.winrtsource.com/2013/03/21/tips-and-tricks-for-microsoft-surface-on-screen-keyboard/

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That's the type of keyboard that I need. But it's not quite what I'm after though. In the taskbar there's a small keyboard icon that when pressed causes a keyboard to appear at the bottom of the screen, I want to get the more fully featured keyboard to appear instead of the gimped version, is there a way to do that? –  xxx Jun 29 '13 at 15:04
    
I'll look into it more, not that experienced with tablets/windows 8. –  user88311 Jun 29 '13 at 15:08

Windows 8 has several different views of the keyboard. Sounds like you just need to change to a different one. Here's the MS site for touch keyboards that I'll be explaining about.

In the bottom-right corner of the standard OSK (on-screen keyboard), there is an icon that looks like a keyboard for changing the style of keyboard. Notice the slightly different icon in the bottom-right corner of the second example OSK enter image description here.

(My apologies if MS decides to change the link locations.)

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