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How to Enable On-Screen Keyboard in Linux Mint 21

The keyboard is one of the primary devices that is used to interact with the system. Isn’t it irritating when you are doing your work on the Linux system and suddenly your keyboard stops working? Or it starts connecting and disconnecting automatically, in this scenario the on-screen keyboard can save you. Looking for a way to enable the Keyboard in Linux Mint? We have got you covered.

How to Enable On-Screen Keyboard in Linux Mint 21

In Linux Mint, the on-screen keyboard is the same as in tablets and mobile phones which allows you to type easily. There are different ways to enable the On-screen keyboard on Linux Mint:

1: How to Enable the On-Screen Keyboard Through System Settings in Linux Mint

Changing any settings or performing any task from the GUI in Linux Mint is always a user-friendly approach. You just have to follow a few steps to enable the on-screen keyboard:

Step 1: Open the Linux Mint menu and choose Accessibility:

Step 2: Click on the Keyboard tab and turn the toggle on to Enable the On-screen keyboard:

The on-screen keyboard is now enabled, you can adjust and modify the settings according to your preferences:

2: How to Enable the On-Screen Keyboard Through Terminal in Linux Mint

The other way of enabling the on-screen Keyboard in Linux Mint is through the terminal. First, you need to install the onboard utility via the terminal. In most of the Linux distributions including Linux Mint it comes pre-install, but if it is not installed on your system then open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command:

sudo apt install onboard

Launch the on-screen keyboard by executing the below command:


How to Change the Language of Keyboard in Linux Mint

There are different reasons why someone wants to change the language of the keyboard. You might want to type something in a different language. It is easy to change the language of the keyboard in Linux. Follow the below steps to change the settings:

Step 1: Go to the System Settings from the Linux Mint application menu:

Step 2: Scroll down and look for the Keyboard option:

Step 3: Within the keyboard, click on the Layouts tab and tap on plus sign present at the end of the open window:

Step 4: Change the language of the keyboard by simply selecting the desired language from the appeared menu. After choosing the language click on the Add button, the keyboard language now should be changed:

You can access the Keyboard languages from the left bottom of the screen as show in below image:

Bottom Line

Most Linux distributions including Linux Mint have built-in accessibility keyboards that can be enabled from the settings of the system. You can also download the third-party utility like onboard through the terminal. The above section of guide will help you to enable the on-screen keyboard on your Linux Mint.

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