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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 14 votes out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,405,091
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 23, 2018
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    263.78KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,661
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

Free Virtual Keyboard is a simple Windows program that provides an onscreen keyboard in a portable package. 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.

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1
  • New "Settings" window has been added.
  • New keyboard layout "Compact + Arrows" has been added.
  • New styles have been added: "Windows 10" and "Android". Order of styles has been changed.
  • New "Language preferences" button has been added.
  • Now the keyboard shows the state of Caps Lock key.
  • Fixed problems when typing using a stylus in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Version 1709).
General
Publisher Comfort Software
Publisher web site http://www.comfort-software.com/
Release Date January 23, 2018
Date Added January 23, 2018
Version 4.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Portable Applications
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 263.78KB
File Name FreeVK.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,405,091
Downloads Last Week 1,661
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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