Although it’s not a common problem in general, but when it arises, either some or all of the keys on keyboard doesn’t respond even you hit hard. This kind of problem can be due to low battery, physical damage, driver and software issues, and firmware issues.

Problems due to Faulty Keyboard

Now suppose you are in middle of your work like writing an important email and it’s late night and suddenly you find that some of the important keys like Spacebar, Shift etc. of your keyboard are not responding. The work you are doing is really important and needs to be done at that instant. How will you complete it? Will you be able to finish it?

On-Screen Keyboard : Keyboard Alternative Utility in Windows

In such type of critical situations there is a provision of On-Screen Keyboard, which is available in all types of Windows. You can use it to complete your unfinished work.

On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 7

On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 7


To access the virtual keyboard, type osk in the Run dialog and hit enter. You can now easily complete that email message by typing with the mouse pointer.

What if O, S, K and Enter Keys are also not working?

But what if O, S, K and Enter keys are also not working? In that case you’ll simply not be able to access On-Screen Keyboard by using Run dialog. There is an another way to access On-Screen Keyboard in this case, just go to : Start – Programs – Accessories – Accessibility and click the On Screen Keyboard icon.

osk.exe (On-Screen Keyboard Utility) in Windows - System32 Folder

osk.exe (On-Screen Keyboard Utility) in Windows - System32 Folder


Alternatively, you can also open C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder in Windows Explorer and double click osk.exe. That’s it.