Tools: On-Screen Keyboard

If disability makes it hard to use a regular keyboard, or if, like me, you sometimes want to be able to input data just using just your mouse; then an on-screen keyboard is the ticket!

Head over to your Software Manager and search for onboard.

Software Manager, installing Onboard

Software Manager, installing Onboard

There are a number on-screen keyboards in the software repositories, but this one is by far the best.  Once installed, you will find this handy tool by opening  the Menu –> Universal Access –>Onboard

Onboard Keyboard

Onboard Keyboard

Once open, you’ll be presented with an on-screen keyboard. Clicking the lower right-most key, will bring up the Macro function, and to the left of the Macro menu, is a red button you will use to configure the keyboard to your liking.

The Macros, I use all the time for filling in repetitive text. You can use the Macros for about anything you can think of.

Once you click the red Setup icon, you will be presented with all  the available options:

Onboard Setup

Onboard Setup

You can force the keyboard to stay on top of all open windows, or easily move it to any part of your screen. You can also select from 5 different keyboard styles.

So give Onboard a try, you might find it a handy tool, even if you’re a touch typist.