How to Enable On Screen Keyboard in Ubuntu 18.04

July 22, 2019

onscreen keyboard

In Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, Gnome’s built-in screen keyboard can be enabled via universal access menu.

However, it only triggers automatically in Gnome Activities and Application menu, nowhere else. See the bug. Though it’s marked as fixed, I still have the problem in my laptop.

For those have the same issue, you can install the previous Ubuntu 16.04’s default onboard screen keyboard utility in Ubuntu 18.04 as a workaround.

Open Ubuntu Software, search for and install onboard as well as onboard settings.

Once installed, launch the utility from Gnome application menu.

In onboard settings, set up auto-show, layout, theme, etc and enjoy!

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3 responses to How to Enable On Screen Keyboard in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. Thank you so much this helped me out quite a bit

  2. Thank you so much

  3. Nanang F. Rozi March 8, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Very helpful. Thanks. Work also in LinuxMint XFCE.