On Screen Keyboard

The on screen keyboard allows people who do not wish to use the keyboard to write by clicking on a graphical representation of the keyboard with their mouse, or mouse substitute. You can open the Keyboard window from the 'View' menu in any window.

The on-screen keyboard is normally arranged like a standard British QWERTY keyboard. For example Shift-3 will produce a pound (£) sign. Penfriend XL also has versions for each of the major European languages which are supported, including their accented characters. Use the options on the Language menu to adjust it.

If you wish to write a capital letter, click the mouse on either of the Shift keys in the on-screen keyboard. This will change the labels on all of the other keys to show what they would actually type if clicked on (that is to say, the key labels for letters will become capitals). When you then click on one of the normal keys, the shifted version will be typed into your word processor and the Shift key will switch off. You can see when the Shift key is switched on by both the inverted colour of the Shift keys and the characters on the normal keys.

If you wish to type more than one character with Shift held down, click on the Lock key which is above the left Shift. This is equivalent to holding down Shift until you click on Lock again or one of the Shift keys. It is not a Caps Lock because it affects numbers and punctuation as well as letters. While locked, the Lock and Shift keys will all change colour.

Some languages, including French and Swedish, have accented characters which can be written by clicking on the accent first, and then on the letter that goes under it. In this case, the accent key is shown in a different colour to distinguish it from a punctuation mark or other accent. You can press Shift before the accent and before the letter, to get more combinations such as accented capital letters.

Some languages, again including French and Swedish, have more characters available by pressing ALT first. This key on the on-screen keyboard works like the Shift key, but it cannot be locked down.

You can re-size the on-screen keyboard to suit your vision and the size of your screen. Simply drag any of the edges, as with a normal window. When the window gets particularly small, Penfriend XL will change the font used for the key labels from your chosen font to the Windows icon font. When it is large enough, the keyboard window will use the same font as the prediction window. There is no way to change the colours of the Keyboard window at present.

Some of the keys have the same effect regardless of the Shift key, including Backspace and Return. The Control key currently has no effect. If you have any trouble getting your word processor to recognise a letter being pressed in the on-screen keyboard, please check the notes on the keyboard target window. The most likely fault is that the keyboard window has become the active window, so when you click on a letter it sends a message to itself instead of to your word processor. Please click in your word processor window to activate it.

If you want to type numbers using the onscreen keyboard set selection to function keys and then select the words by clicking on them in the predictor window and use the numbers on the onscreen keyboard.

See Also: Keyboard Target Window