Windows 10 touch keyboard not popping up? Fix it!

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I posted an article previously that shows you how to disable the Windows 10 touch keyboard on a tablet or laptop (you can find that here). That was because it annoyed users when they did not intend to use it. For example, when I am using my Wacom pen tablet, every time I touch a text field, the on-screen keyboard pops up even though it is disabled in the main settings.

This can be extremely irritating if you do not use handwriting recognition (I obviously don’t on my desktop or laptop).

And I also noticed that people have been coming to that article looking for ways to turn ON the touch keyboard. Well, what goes around comes around. 🙂
So in this article, I outline the process of enabling the Windows 10 touch keyboard or handwriting recognition again.

How to make the Windows 10 touch keyboard pop up automatically:

  • Press WinKey + R to pop up the “Run” menu and enter services.msc

open services windows 10 touch keyboard

  • Hit OK and you will reach the Services panel. There in the list, find Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service.
  • Right click and select Properties. In the General tab, change the Startup Type to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed Start). Either of those will do.
  • Now check if the keyboard pops up when you try to enter text.
  • If it does not, restart your computer and see if it works.
  • If it still does not, again go to the Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service and open properties. This time, open the Dependencies tab and you will find a list of processes quoted as “The service depends on the following components”.
  • Now close the properties window and check the list of Services and make sure that the services mentioned above are either “Running” or in “Automatic” mode. If they are disabled, you should enable them.
  • Now again find the Touch Keyboard service and enable it as Automatic.
  • See if this works for you!

It worked fine on my Dell Venue 8 Pro and also on my Dell Inspiron i7 3537 laptop. If you are still having issues, drop me a message or leave a comment below.
Have a great day!