Ever since I upgraded to Snow Leopard on my Mac, it insists on showing me the soft keyboard when it asks for a password.

It wouldn't be too bad if it dissappeared afterward, but no. It stays there taking half my screen real estate.

I can't seem to find anything in preferences, I have looked under keyboards, security, universal access.

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In the System Preferences » Language & Text » Input Sources search for any language that is enabled but still seems deactivated (grayed out). Deselect and select to fix that. You may also need to ensure U.S. is selected.

  • This does nothing regarding the Keyboard Viewer. Even if the checkbox is deselected the keyboard appears on screen when a password is required or an AppleScript is run that has a shortcut assigned. Feb 29, 2012 at 10:33
  • Too bad it didn't work for you, @Rafael, but it surely did for me a long time ago. And given the "accepted" answer I assume it worked for the OP too. Did you see any active-but-non-selected language in that list on your Mac? And did enabling U.S. change anything? (I currently have US, Dutch and Unicode activated, but am no longer on Snow Leopard though.)
    – Arjan
    Feb 29, 2012 at 22:30
  • Thanks for the follow-up, but your suggestions didn’t change anything. I instead restarted the Mac and the Keyboard Viewer stop to automatically appear. Mar 7, 2012 at 15:02

Take a look under Language & Text -> Input Sources -> Keyboard and Character Viewer.

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