How to Activate the Onscreen Keyboard in OS X Leopard


You can gain easy access to the Mac OX on-screen keyboard feature. The on-screen keyboard is especially handy for finding and using odd, foreign and not often used symbols and glyphs. In this lesson you will learn how to activate the on-screen keyboard on Mac OS X Leopard.

The Apple On-Screen Keyboard
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Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X
Step 1

In the Finder, click on the Apple Menu in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and select "System Preferences."

Select "System Preferences" from the Apple Menu
Step 2

In the open "System Preferences" menu, select the "International" Preference Pane and click the Preference Pane to open it.

Select the "International" Preference Pane
Step 3

Once the "International" Preference Pane is open, select the "Input Menu" button at the top of the Pane and then click the "International" check-box on the left hand side of the "Preference Pane." Close the "Preference Panel" window.

Click the "International" check-box in the "International" Preference Pane
Step 4

In the menu bar at the top of the Finder, you will now notice a flag icon. Click on the flag icon and select "Show Keyboard Viewer" to open the on-screen keyboard

Click on the flag icon and select "Show Keyboard Viewer."

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Tips & Warnings

  • The on-screen keyboard is re-sizable using the green minimize and maximize window button.
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