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      CommentAuthorLucas
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2014 edited
     
    Hi there:

    Last year I developed a TouchGesture application based on the NTKSkin+NTKTouch librairies.
    This is a very basic program: only one Toolbar, a main Browse and a Get (TextBox for searching purposes).
    Works very nicely on my Asus MT101 under Windows 7. But recently I bought a brand new Win 8.1 tablet
    and I notice that unlike Win7, the floating icon representing the virtual keyboard doesn't appear anymore when I click inside the TextBox. Now, each time I need to enter data in a Get, I have to click on the tiny tiny keyboard icon in the TaskBar, which is very annoying and difficult to reach with the finger. :sad: :sad:

    N.B.
    This is not a specific issue due to NTK. This also occurs with the FireFox browser,
    and in general with all Win32 'Destkop' applications.


    So my question:
    Does anybody know a way to make the Touch Keyboard automatically popup when you tap on an entry field? (Like it does within Metro applications)

    TIA
    Lucas
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      CommentAuthorAbbougaga
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2014 edited
     
    Hi Lucas,
    I've also experimented this problem few months ago.
    Indeed Win7 had the tap-tip feature which would show a keyboard icon next to wherever
    you tapped in a text field - and tapping the icon allowed us to easily open the OSK.
    Now, in Win8 (for unknown reasons)touch operations are excluded from accessing tab-tip.

    Fortunately, you can try a couple workarounds to solve your issue:
    1 - Auto Popup Keyboard (Portable, Freeware)
    http://www.greatis.com/auto-popup-keyboard-desktop-windows/index.html
    2 - TapTip on demand (Installer, Professional)
    http://chessware.ch/tabtipod/

    Personally, I'm very happy with the first utility which even allows to chose between the std OSK keyboard or the Metro Touch keyboard.
    Hope this helps.
    Ab
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      CommentAuthorLucas
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2014 edited
     
    Ab: Thanks for sharing your experience.

    > Try this:
    > http://www.greatis.com/auto-popup-keyboard-desktop-windows/index.html

    First work-around works a treat. :smile:
    However, the 'Run at Windows startup' option seems to always be disabled so i have to run it manually each time i reeboot my device. Any idea on how to bypass this limitation?
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      CommentAuthorAbbougaga
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2014
     
    Easy, just send a shortcut of the AutoPopupKeybord.exe onto your desktop; then cut & paste it into the Windows Startup Folder. In this manner the program will be launched automatically at Windows startup.

    Hope this helps.
    Ab
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      CommentAuthorGuest
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2014
     
    cool article :) I will have a look to these two utilities cause I need extactly this. thx for sharing
    AlexM.
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      CommentAuthorLucas
    • CommentTimeDec 24th 2014
     
    Morning Ab:

    Thanks for the tip, but cannot find any trace of the startup folder in my Win8.1 :sad:
    Does it still have a start folder? or Am I missing something?

    TIA
    Lucas
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      CommentAuthorAbbougaga
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2014
     
    Hi Lucas,
    Indeed, unlike Win7 where one can easily open Startup Folder from All Programs link (accessible from Start Menu), Win8.x is a little bit different:

    1 - From the desktop, use the Win+R hotkey combination (with the touch keyboard) to run the execute command. Or - from the Win8 Start Screen, type the word Execute into the search textbox, then click the Execute Icon in the proposed results;
    2 - Type SHELL:STARTUP into the Open Textbox, and click OK to display the Windows Startup Folder;
    3 - Drag and drop the AutoPopupKeyboard shortcut from your desktop to the Startup Folder.

    Hope this helps.
    Ab
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      CommentAuthorLucas
    • CommentTimeDec 26th 2014
     
    Ab:
    Thanks a million. Works perfectly fine now. :bigsmile: :bigsmile:

    Lucas.
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      CommentAuthorccarrignon
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2014 edited
     

    N.B.
    This is not a specific issue due to NTK. This also occurs with the FireFox browser,
    and in general with all Win32 'Destkop' applications.




    IMO, certainly not a negligence from MS, but rather a deliberate policy. However, looking back one might conclude to a strategic miscalculation!



    Well...not sure it helps a lot right now but if i've correctly understood the following excerpt,
    it should be fixed in the future windows 10.




    In addition, McAkins Online has found some improvements in the touch-based features of Windows 10 >in this new build. One of them allows the touch keyboard to appear when text boxes are tapped in the desktop.




    Read the full article:
    http://www.windowscentral.com/more-new-features-discovered-new-windows-10-preview-build




    • Chris.


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