Free Virtual Keyboard

Free Virtual Keyboard

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 14 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.7
File Size:
204.82KB
Date Added:
March 04, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
490,025
Downloads Last Week:
1,370
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

There are many instances in which a virtual keyboard can come in handy. You might be using a touch screen, typing in a foreign language, or just wanting an emergency backup in case your physical keyboard goes kaput. Free Virtual Keyboard is a simple program that provides an onscreen keyboard in a portable package.

The keyboard's interface is plain and utilitarian, with a standard QWERTY layout. A slider in the bottom right corner adjusts the keyboard's transparency. We had read that the program had a few other features, but it took us a while to figure out how to access them, as the interface doesn't contain any menus. We finally realized that right-clicking on the program's title bar brought up a context menu with a few options. You can enable or disable key repeat and specify whether or not you want the keyboard to fit the width of your screen.

There are also seven different color schemes, all fairly bland, which you can change by selecting the Change Colors option on the menu. This is an awkward way to do this--we'd prefer to be able to select our desired color from a drop-down menu--but it works well enough. There are three keyboard types that are accessed in the same way; one displays the keyboard without the function keys or the arrow keys, one displays the keyboard with the function keys but not the arrow keys, and the third displays both the function keys and the arrow keys on the keyboard. The program doesn't have a Help file, but there is a Web site that offers a little bit of information about its features. Overall, we think that Free Virtual Keyboard is a good choice for anyone who needs a basic, portable virtual keyboard.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4 stars

    "Good App for "Portable""

    March 30, 2013   |   By Raoul_Soibelmann

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    The scenario is this: I took my pen-flash which is loaded with Portable Office, sided with my data. Now, I work in the Far East, and many times that I borrow a PC to use my Flash-Portable, I find that the borrowed computer is in Chinese, or another language.
    OK, in this case I use the Virtual Keyboard.

    Cons

    Infrequent use, it is only a spare wheel.
    But, when required, it may be critical.

    Summary

    In my case I call it indispensable spare wheel.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very good keyboard program"

    October 20, 2012   |   By calderback

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    excellent program.

    Cons

    i have just gotten my desktop back from a repairman. it needed to be rebooted. i soon found out that my computer would have a mini virus if i pressed any button on my keyboard. it took a long time with no keyboard, but i was finally on cnet.com with search results for "keyboard". i found this, pressed download, and the program appeared immediately on my monitor. this is what i call a "one-time install". it does not take up any memory at all! but the only little thing i didn't like about it was since it was a one-time install, if you accidently close it, you have to reinstall it. good program though. i'm typing this through the keyboard program right now!

    Summary

    no summary avalible

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  • 4 stars

    "It's a fine on screen keyboard."

    October 02, 2012   |   By gromet

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    it's free and simple to download and use

    Cons

    It's the same or nearly so, as the on screen keyboard that comes with Windows....start ,programs, accessories, keyboard.

    Summary

    It has the same funtionality as the keyboard that came with Windows

    so I deleted it

    Updated on Oct 2, 2012

    sorry but if you went looking for windows keyboard,my instruction steps left out the last click which is, accessibility.

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  • 5 stars

    "good product being free"

    December 18, 2011   |   By hgiertler

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    works
    works well
    doesn't have the annoyance of self-activating windows as the win7 built-in keyb

    Cons

    none i can see

    Summary

    excellent replacement of win7 built-in keyb

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  • 4 stars

    "Virtual Keyboard portable"

    June 25, 2011   |   By capitanflorius

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    Easy install, fast, usefull if keyboar is blocked

    Cons

    none at this moment

    Summary

    Software for all users

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  • 5 stars

    "good very good"

    April 28, 2011   |   By vamshiv25

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    this is an extraordinary tool ,as if had lost any key function for emergency we can use this software

    Cons

    good very good

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  • 5 stars

    "Small, simply, best virtual keyboard"

    March 05, 2011   |   By millit85

    Version: Free Virtual Keyboard 2.7

    Pros

    Support all layouts installed in system.

    Cons

    Need more keyboard layouts.

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