# Wednesday, 03 August 2011

One thing which I just realized I missed out in my Windows Tablet PC optimization article is the little quirk of a feature which the Windows Tablet PC Soft Keyboard has, is that when you’re trying to enter a password in a text entry field that PROPERLY identifies itself as a password field to Windows, the soft keyboard WILL NOT show you what key you’ve pressed. This is obviously a security feature to stop people from trying to steal a peek at your passwords when you’re entering them.

It’s also one of those annoying security features more so with a touch screen because there’s literally ZERO FEEDBACK from the keyboard indicating you pressed a key.

Luckily its easy enough to fix. Just head on over to the Options menu on the Input Panel.

options

Then in the Options dialog which opens, select the Advanced tab, then drag the slider to the MEDIUM setting. (By default this should be at medium high)

passwordsetting

This will make the keys on the keyboard flash when you touch them, but still keep the mouse cursor hidden so there’s still some protection from prying eyes. Experiment with the various other settings on the slider to see if there’s any other setting you prefer.

Update : seems like this doesn’t work with the Windows lock screen’s keyboard. Pity..


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