Install Virtual Keyboard on RasPadΒΆ

When you use a touch panel such as RasPad, you can connect an external keyboard to help you do a text input operation, but it is best to install a virtual keyboard.

Install the required software with the following command.

sudo apt install onboard
sudo apt install at-spi2-core

In order to make the virtual keyboard have a better effect, you need to do further settings.

Click the Raspberry Pi icon in the upper left corner and select Preferences -> Onboard Settings.

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In the General option, check the following 2 items. When you check Automatically display when editing text, you will be prompted to reboot, you can reboot after all settings are complete.

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In the Window option, check Dock to screen edge.

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And in Auto-show option, check Auto-show when editing text again.

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The next 2 items are optional, the ones checked in the picture are recommended by us, you can also check other ones.

In Layout option, Small is recommanded.

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In Theme option, DarkRoom is recommanded.

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After the setting is complete, restart RasPad. Every time you restart RasPad, you need to click General Access -> Onboard to enable the virtual keyboard.

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Now you can use this keyboard to edit your files or codes.

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