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Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard has always been a favourite feature with our customers, particularly those who use an alternative mouse such as a trackerball. With features such as ‘hover to click’ the on-screen keyboard has been greatly improved offering increased accessibility and usability to our customers.

Additionally we’ve also added an option which allows individual letters and function keys on the on-screen keyboard to be echoed or read back to the user. This is a very useful feature for individuals who are leaning to type such as early years or even those new to a computer. Speech feedback on the on-screen keyboard is also very beneficial to those who are struggling with literacy and require audio feedback to help scaffold their learning.

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If you have a motor difficulty or a disability that prevents you from using a physical keyboard, then Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard could be just the solution you’re looking for.

With so many custom features to choose from you can use Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard to type up letters, emails, write documents just as you would with a physical keyboard.

As you choose the letter you want to write Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard predicts words according to the key you’ve pressed. For example if you press the letter ‘d’ followed by ‘o’ on the on-screen keyboard, then Penfriend will predict words related to those letters, ie, ‘document’, ‘documentation’ and so on. You can either click on the predicted word in the prediction window or change the preferences to predict your chosen  word with the corresponding number on the on-screen keyboard.

Penfriend's on-screen keyboard

Use Penfriend's on-screen keyboard to type with a mouse.

This can be done using your mouse to click the word. Alternatively if you find a standard mouse difficult to use you can also use a trackerball or another alternative mouse

such as a finger mouse, joystick or verrtical mouse to identify, select and click the letters and words you want to type.

A selection of alternative mice

Type with Penfriend's on-screen keyboard using an alternative mouse.

With Penfriend’s innovative word prediction you can start typing faster and more accurately – with just a mouse!

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