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There are several different kinds of keyboards for PCs. The most common type is a physical, external keyboard that plugs into your PC. But you can use a virtual keyboard with Linux instead of a physical keyboard.
There’s no need for a touchscreen monitor. The software displays a visual keyboard with all the standard keys, so you can use a mouse or another pointing device to select keys, or use a physical single key or group of keys to cycle through the keys on the screen.
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Let’s explore the 8 on-screen keyboard tools. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources.
|Florence||Extensible scalable virtual keyboard|
|Onboard||Onscreen keyboard useful for tablet PC users and for mobility impaired users|
|qtvkbd||Fork of kvkbd with all KDE4 dependencies replaced with Qt components|
|eekboard||Easy to use virtual keyboard toolkit|
|QVKbd||Virtual keyboard written in C++ and QML|
|Maliit||Virtual keyboard implemented as a plug-in for Maliit Framework|
|xvkbd||Virtual (graphical) keyboard program|
|squeekboard||Keyboard-shaped input method supporting Wayland|
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