Recently when streaming games to my Nvidia Shield from my Windows PC the pictured on-screen keyboard has started popping up. It constantly tries to steal focus from the controller, affecting the game to think I suddenly have switched from a controller to a keyboard. Problem is, I have no idea which application is launching the soft keyboard. To make matters worse, I can't interact it with if I try to from my PC (using the keyboard / mouse).

Does anyone recognize this wonderful keyboard application?

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That is the Steam controller keyboard. See this link for a few options how to disable it: https://steamcommunity.com/app/353370/discussions/0/358415738183388695/

Some of the posted suggestions:

  • In your Steam window: View ----> Settings ----> Controller ----> Desktop Configuration. This will open a window that displays your controller. Click the box on the bottom left showing the various Arrow Keys. It will show a few settings. On the right, click on "Show Keyboard" under the "Click Action" setting. This will open up a keyboard and mouse with a bunch of possible bindings. Click the "Remove" button, below the keyboard display. Back out of the settings and click 'OK This will unbind the stupid keyboard from popping up when you press down on the stick.
  • Go into your Steam settings, and under "In-game" uncheck the box that says "Use the Big Picture Mode overlay when using a Steam Controller from the desktop" Then, always launch [your game] from the desktop.
  • If you'd like to get rid of this, go to [your game] in your steam Library, then right click on it and go to properties. At the bottom left you'll see "Set launch options..." open that and then add in -NoKeyboardUI. Press ok and play [your game] as you normally would. This will revert it back to the normal chat box.
  • Thanks! Found the solution myself moments before your post. Didn't suspect Steam as I wasn't play a Steam game ... but guess it decided to launch itself regardless.
    – Index
    Dec 15, 2017 at 19:44

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