How to Display the Keys on My HP Computer

by Chelle Handley
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HP computers running the Windows 7 operating system have the ability to display an onscreen keyboard on the computer's monitor. The onscreen keyboard enables users who find physical keyboards difficult to use an alternative way to move around the screen.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button. Then select Control Panel from the right side of the Start menu.

Step 2

Click Classic View. Locate and double-click the Ease of Access icon.

Step 3

Click "Start On-Screen Keyboard." The virtual keyboard will appear on the screen.

Step 4

Click the Ease of Access window to bring it to the foreground. Under "Explore all settings," click "Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard."

Click "Use On-Screen Keyboard" to launch the virtual keyboard every time the computer starts. Click "Apply," then "Save." Close the window.


  • Press the letter "U" and the Windows logo key at the same time to access the Ease of Access Center.
  • After clicking "Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard," you have the choice of using a mouse or the included speech recognition software with the virtual keyboard.
  • To disable the virtual keyboard, go back into the Ease of Access Center, click "Use the computer without a mouse or keyboard" and uncheck "Use On-Screen Keyboard." Click "Apply," then "Save." Close the window.


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About the Author

Chelle Handley has been writing professionally since 2000, covering travel, tourism and information technology. She has contributed to the "Destination Los Angeles" and "Meeting & Travel Planners Guide," which promotes Los Angeles and its environments to the public. Handley is pursuing a master's degree in informatics at Northwestern University.

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