Earlier this year I got aSamsung Ativ Tab running Windows 8 RT. After a couple of weeks I got the HP ElitePad 900 running Windows 8 Pro shipped, only to figur that the on-screen touch keyboard were missing from the desktop, and more frustrating I had to use the on-screen keyboard (the one embedded for years in Windows) to type in Word etc. I knew it were there since I’ve been using it for weeks on my Samsung Ativ, but how do I get it back?

Add keyboard shortcut

One of the fastest way to get it back is simply to rightklick on the start meny –>select Toolbars –> Select Touch keyboard (Berøringstastatur).
This way, you will add the shortcut for using the keyboard while beeing in desktop-mode.

Now the shortcut is in place

Restart service

In my case, it was the TabletInputService that froze and in order to restart this you can do this in two different ways

  • GUI: If you are a GUI kind-of person (like most Windows users are), lookup the services.msc app and run it. Look for the TabletInputService –> right-click and select restart.
    Do make sure that this service starts with Windows, double-click the service, and see that the Startup type is set to automatic
  • Command-line: Most people haven’t really tried out the awesome PowerShell tool launched in 2006 and embedded with both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
    In order to do the enire GUI-process in one-line, simply start PowerShell with administrative privileges and type: stop-service tabletinputservice followed by the start-service tabletinputservice

If it won’t work out for you after restarting the service – do a reboot.


– Alex


1 2 3 6
November 8th, 2019

My slides from THR2037 – Microsoft Ignite 2019

It’s Friday and last day of Microsoft Ignite 2019 – still – a stronghold of geeks attended my last theater […]

November 8th, 2019

My slides from THR3032 – Microsoft Ignite 2019

First of all – a big thank you to all who attended my session on Thursday. As promised, I’m uploading […]

August 21st, 2019

Blocking specific hardware manufacturers from corporate resources

Microsofts Senior Program Manager, Matt Shadbolt, recently confirmed that the company is working to more granular separate what devices and […]

August 2nd, 2019

Updates to AAD and O365 Naming policy

Although it’s been available through PowerShell for quite some time, the option for adding and editing naming policies in Azure AD

May 22nd, 2019

Get my slides from VeeamON Miami

Thank you all!

March 14th, 2019

Get my slides from ExpertsLive Cafe Bergen

It’s amazing to see how many attended the local ExpertsLive Café event in Bergen the 14th of march 2019. As […]

January 1st, 2019

Congratulations 2019 Windows Insider MVP!

In addition to my fifth year as a Microsoft MVP, I’m truly honored to receive the award for Windows Insider […]

October 28th, 2018

Get my script from TechDays Sweden

A big thank you for attending Olav and mine session during TechDays Sweden. As promised (though late), here is the script I demoed

October 18th, 2018

My slides and videos from Cloud Camp Dublin

My slides and videos from Cloud Camp Dublin

September 26th, 2018

Slides and extras from my session @ Ignite 2018

A stunning 1100 Ignite participants had signed up for my session – Windows 10: Stories from the field – Onboarding […]