Has anyone figured this out yet? We bought this mac today with the assurances that an on screen keyboard came with it. My son is disabled, and needs the on-screen keyboard to function fully in order to do his schoolwork. It would be difficult without the shift key for capital letters and question marks. Actually, they appear to work if no application is running.
Shift and Caps Lock dont work with the onscreen keyboard. Another Solution by Colin Pye. This will cause an Ink icon to appear on your menu bar. You can use the drop down menu to access Ink Preferences and turn Ink on. This is a little window with modifier keys that stick once or lock down by double-clicking. Combine this with the regular onscreen keyboard and you have a mouse-only solution for all your text input needs. Why Apple failed to include sticky keys by default I will never forgive. Please, If anyone knows a good place to post this info where it will be most helpful, let me know or go ahead and do it.
PS this also works great if you want to use a touchscreen-only setup. I put this in my local utilities folder, paste a nice icon and I just open the application whenever I need it. Note that this breaks with major releases, since Apple moves things around. So expect a different path in This is a great tip.
Thank you. The new instructions for Snow Leopard, the only version to have Capitals Lock and Shift keys enabled are: Go to System Preferences. Click on Keyboard. Now the Keyboard Viewer is in the menubar. Regards, Alex, That is great news for folks who have upgraded their hardware. Kimberly J. Hi, All, I think that since the On-Screen keyboard is part of the input menu, it is available at Login if you check the box that enables the input menu at login.
Hi Is there any way of getting the on screen keyboard at the log in screen? Hope you all get a response for this annoying issue. Regards, Alex,.
Sorry for the bad typos. I was typing while tired. On the whole their accessibility response in enourmous. Good day! Your prompt response is much appreciated.
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Thank you! Also, my on-screen keyboard does not have the number pad as in the pic above. Any help? In I know it works in both Tiger and Leopard.
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition by David Pogue
Ctrl key. Mac keyboard shortcuts are listed at the right side of each open menu, just as in Windows. Alt key. This is the closest thing the Mac offers to the Windows Alt key. In many situations, keyboard shortcuts that involve the Alt key in Windows use the Option key on the Mac.
For example, when you hold down the Option key as you click the Close or Minimize button on a Macintosh window, you close or minimize all open desktop windows. See Input Sources to find out how you can see which letters turn into which symbols when pressed with Option. As you probably could have guessed, there is no Windows-logo key on the Macintosh. Backspace and Delete.
The Delete key in Windows technically, the forward delete key, because it deletes the character to the right of the insertion point is a different story. On small Mac keyboards like laptop and wireless keyboards , this key is missing. You can still perform a forward delete, however, by pressing the regular Delete key while pressing the Fn key in the corner of the keyboard.
Most full-size Windows keyboards have two Enter keys: On the Mac, the big key on the number pad still says Enter, but the key on the alphabet keyboard is labeled Return. The older, plastic desktop keyboards , or the white or black plastic laptop ones. What it does , though, is quite clear: It changes the purpose of certain keys. For example, Fn turns the key into a Page Up key, which scrolls upward by one screenful.
On most Mac keyboards, the Fn key is in the lower-left corner. The exception is the full-size Apple desktop keyboard the one with a numeric keypad ; there, the Fn key is in the little block of keys between the letter keys and the number pad. On the top row of aluminum Mac keyboards, the F-keys have dual functions. Pressing the Fn key in the corner changes their personalities, though.
Numeric keypad. The number-pad keys do exactly the same thing as the numbers at the top of the keyboard.
Apple has been quietly eliminating the numeric keypad from most of its keyboards, but you can still find it on some models. These keys control the brightness of your screen. Tap the key to open Dashboard, the archipelago of tiny, single-purpose widgets like Weather, Stocks, and Movies. On recent Macs, the F4 key bears a logo instead. Tapping it opens Launchpad, which is described on Launchpad. Tap either or to skip to the previous or next track or chapter.
Hold one down to rewind or fast-forward. These three keys control your speaker volume. The key means Mute; tap it once to cut off the sound completely and again to restore its previous level.
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Tap the repeatedly to make the sound level lower, the key to make it louder. If you hold down the Shift and Option keys, then tapping the volume keys adjusts the volume by smaller increments, just as with the brightness keys. This is the Eject key. Home, End.