The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4 doesn't show the keyboard (empty grey screen) or the keys are blank (not labeled).

For example: no keyboard visible

How can this be fixed?

  • This is a very old and outdated software, dating from 2007.
    – harrymc
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 20:12
  • @harrymc It's quite old but as far as I know not outdated, it's fully functional. According to the blog post, the problem described here is the only major known one. I'm not aware of better alternative software. If you are, let me know.
    – root
    Commented Nov 26, 2019 at 20:44

2 Answers 2


The solution is to "futz with the per-application and overall DPI settings" (note the "and"!). Source: this archived blog post by a developer of MSKLC.

In other words, try at least one of the following:

  • "Control Panel" → "Display" → "Set custom text size (DPI)" → change the value a little bit
  • Right click on MSKLC.exe → "Compatibility" → modify DPI settings

I got it working by resetting my advanced scaling options to 100%.

In Settings go to Display and select Advanced Scaling Options (highlighted in red):

Windows display settings

Set scaling to 100%:

Advanced scaling options

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