Windows 10 Tip: Split the On-Screen Keyboard in Tablet Mode

If you have a touch-enabled device like the Microsoft Surface or other convertible, here’s a cool trick that will split the on-screen keyboard.

Microsoft has done a much better job in separating the touch and the traditional desktop environments in Windows 10. If you have a hybrid device with touch capability like the Microsoft Surface, you can enter Tablet Mode with a simple press of a button in Action Center.

However, while using your device on the go, you might find that the on-screen keyboard can take some getting used to. Depending on the situation you’re in, knowing how to split the keyboard is a helpful thing to know how to do.

Split Windows 10 On-Screen Keyboard in Tablet Mode

Pull up the on-screen keyboard, then tap the keyboard button at the lower right corner. Then tap the split keyboard button that’s located in the middle.

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The keyboard will separate to each side of the screen. Both have a space bar, but the Enter and Backspace keys are only on the right section of it.

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Split Keyboard Windows 8.1

It’s worth noting that you can do this with Windows 8.1, too. However, the layout is a bit different. To truly get two separate keypads, though, you need to enable the number pad. Also, it blocks a lot of viewing area on your screen. Microsoft has done things much better with Windows 10.

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If you’re in a work environment and carrying your Windows 10 device around and entering data, hopefully, this tip will make typing easier for you.

For more on using the on-screen keyboard, check out our article for more tips on getting started with the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard.

If you’re an iOS device user, check out how to move or split the keyboard on your iPad.

1 Comment

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  1. Talan

    February 12, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Gone after win 10 creators update

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