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Windows 10 tablet and on-screen keyboard (OSK) frustration

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If you're struggling with Firefox's on-again, off-again romance with WIndows 10's on-screen keyboard (OSK), especially with the Microsoft Surface, there's simple workaround. Since each iteration of Firefox brings its own quirks with regards to when the OSK appears in Firefox, you can add the keyboard to the system tray by the clock in the lower right of your screen for easy and instant access to the OSK.

To do so: click on the Windows 10 Start button (looks like a window in the lower-left of your screen) then on the Settings button (looks like a gear on the left hand-side of the Start menu that popped up when you clicked the Start button). When the Windows Settings window opens, click on the 'Personalization' icon (looks like a paintbrush drawing a line on a monitor) then on 'Taskbar' on the left hand-side of the screen. Now on the right hand side, scroll down and click on the link that says 'Turn system icons on or off' and slide the 'Touch Keyboard' slider to the On position (it will be filled with color when it's on). Now, whenever Firefox decides it doesn't need to open the keyboard, you can simply click the keyboard icon down by the WIndows system clock in the lower-right of your screen and up it will pop.