I run Windows Embedded Standard 7 with a multi touch screen (running on the UPDD driver 4.01.10). The system is running an application in kiosk mode with no need for any other input device.

The On Screen Keyboard is disabled in the Ease of Access center (and is not shown initially), but whenever a user touches the screen, a kind of "On Screen Keyboard Quickstart Button" appears at the left side of the screen, looking like this:

Strange button

The user can use this to slide in the On Screen Keyboard. Is there a way to disable that?

  • I would look in device manager for a HID keyboard you can disable
    – Moab
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 10:19
  • Thanks Moab for the tip. Unfortunately, there is none. Any HID I disable disables the touch interface.
    – Jens
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 10:24
  • Did you look under keyboards?, be sure to show hidden devices also.
    – Moab
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 10:31

3 Answers 3


I've found that one can configure this behaviour at "Control Panel" -> "Tablet PC Settings" -> "Other" -> "Input Panel Settings" -> "Opening".

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    I will, but it won't let me until the day after tomorrow. =)
    – Jens
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 11:33
  • Go to Options (click the Options button on the keyboard)
  • In the window there's the link to enabling/disabling the keyboard at startup.
  • Uncheck Use On-screen Keyboard
  • Reboot computer

I would try deleting (or renaming to be safe) the On Screen Keyboard (osk.exe) file found at c:\windows\system32\osk.exe

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    While this may actually work, you are renaming a Windows file. If it comes with Windows, generally you shouldn't be renaming it. Especially given in situations where the users keyboard may be broken, and they are on the login screen, they can use the OSK to actually log into the machine. Removing functionality for the sake of solving a simple option issue isn't really a good solution.
    – zackrspv
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 19:46

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