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4.2 Enabling and Customizing the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard

In Oracle Linux 6, the default on-screen keyboard is the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard (GOK). You can use GOK to select windows and input text without using a physical keyboard.


The following is a known issue for the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard in Oracle Linux 6: Help menu for the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard is inaccessible. (Bug ID 28679895)

To enable the on-screen keyboard from the top bar of the GNOME desktop:

  1. Starting from the System menu, select Preferences, and then select Assistive Technologies to open the Assistive Technologies Preferences tool.

  2. Under the Assistive Technologies section, ensure that the Enable assistive technologies check box is selected.

  3. Click Preferred Applications to open the Preferred Applications preferences tool.

  4. From the Accessibility tabbed section, ensure that GNOME OnScreen Keyboard is the application that is selected for the Mobility category.

  5. (Optional) To specify that the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard is enabled automatically when you log in to the system, select the Run at start check box.

  6. Click Close to save the changes.

  7. Continue configuring preferences by using the Assistive Technologies Preferences tool, or click Close to exit the tool.

  8. (Optional) Add an application launcher for the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard so that you can launch the application directly from the desktop.

    For instructions, see Section 1.4, “Adding an Application Launcher to the GNOME Desktop”, where for Step 3, you would enter the following required information for the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard:

    • Type: Application (Default setting)

    • Name: GNOME OnScreen Keyboard

    • Command: /usr/bin/gok

    • Comment: (Optional field)

    You can also start the GNOME OnScreen Keyboard by typing the following command:

    $ gok