Touch keyboard sample

Shows both the default display behavior of the touch keyboard and how that behavior can be customized in a UWP app.

Note: This sample is part of a large collection of UWP feature samples. You can download this sample as a standalone ZIP file from, or you can download the entire collection as a single ZIP file, but be sure to unzip everything to access shared dependencies. For more info on working with the ZIP file, the samples collection, and GitHub, see Get the UWP samples from GitHub. For more samples, see the Samples portal on the Windows Dev Center.

Specifically, this sample shows how:

  • XAML text controls (such as TextBox, RichTextBox, and PaswordBox) display the touch keyboard by default.
  • Controls derived from XAML text controls display the touch keyboard by default.
  • Apps can subscribe to events indicating when the touch keyboard is shown and hidden.
  • Apps can request that the touch keyboard be shown or hidden.
  • Apps can request that the touch keyboard be shown with a particular view.

Note The touch keyboard does not automatically display if a hardware keyboard is connected, or the device is in Desktop mode and "Show the touch keyboard when not in tablet mode and there's no keyboard attached" is set to "Off" in Settings -> Devices -> Typing.

Note The Windows universal samples require Visual Studio to build and Windows 10 to execute.

Note Custom text edit control sample shows how to manage the visibility of the touch keyboard programatically.

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System requirements

Client: Windows 10

Server: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Build the sample

  1. Start Microsoft Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
  2. Go to the directory to which you unzipped the sample. Then go to the subdirectory containing the sample in the language you desire - either C++, C#, or JavaScript. Double-click the Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+B, or select Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

The next steps depend on whether you just want to deploy the sample or you want to both deploy and run it.

Deploying the sample

  • Select Build > Deploy Solution.

Deploying and running the sample

  • To debug the sample and then run it, press F5 or select Debug > Start Debugging. To run the sample without debugging, press Ctrl+F5 or select Debug > Start Without Debugging.