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I would like to know what software is available for showing key presses on the screen.

I have an online presentation. I would like for the viewers to be able to check the keys I am pressing on my keyboard. A utility similar to Screenkey for Ubuntu would be nice

I have seen this NohBoard [https://github.com/ThoNohT/NohBoard/releases] but I have to put the whole keyboard (or some parts). This is inconvenient for me as, at most I will do 3-4 key presses in a row, .e.g, ctl + Alt + delete.

I would like one software that has a couple of boxes in a corner of the screen for this.

Any suggestions?

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    It would help to know why. My reason is that the keyboard does not have a status for shift lock. May 14, 2023 at 20:17
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    I have an online presentation. I would like for the viewers to be able to check the key's I am pressing on my keyboard. An utility similar to Screenkey for Ubuntu would be nice
    – user83712
    May 14, 2023 at 20:28
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    I think that helps a lot in others trying to answer it. But it's best if you edit your question to add details to it as comments can disappear. May 16, 2023 at 15:18

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These are some softwares to show key-presses on screen available for windows.

KeyPress OSD

  • Support for at least 110 keyboard layouts covering about 55 languages. It recognizes keys with Shift, AltGr and dead keys for each of these layouts
  • Automatic detection of keyboard layouts
  • Typed text history with Page Up/Down. On pressing Enter or Escape, it records the written line and you can get back to it with Page Up
  • Automatic resizing of OSD/HUD or fixed size
  • Customizable size, position and colors
  • The OSD can hide or switch position automatically when the mouse runs over it
  • Customizable visual mouse clicks and mouse halo to indicate its location, and flash mouse cursor after idling
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Portable. No need to install/uninstall. Settings stored in an easy to read INI file
  • Easy to configure with many options in Settings windows to toggle features and customize behavior and look

Carnac

  • A utility to give some insight into how you use your keyboard
  • It has the highest number of Stargazers on GitHub in this list. 3.4k stars

YAKD - Yet Another Key Displayer

  • Capture keyboard and mouse
  • 2 displaying modes are available: display keys in a window or send them to RTSS for display in fullscreen games
  • Ability to change the keys font, size, color and background
  • Auto-save of all styles settings
  • Key Displayer as a window can be captured in OBS (use the chroma key filter to make the window transparent)

KeyCastOW

  • small footprint (one 100kb executable file)
  • green and portable, only depends on windows system dlls
  • plenty of settings for keystroke display
  • hotkey to turn on/off

Kling

  • Visually display keys on Windows screen
  • Detect multiple keys and key holds
  • Allow you to change location of display
  • Allow you to change amount of display time
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  • All of these will work on windows
    – aqwertya
    May 17, 2023 at 4:54
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    KeyPress OSD seems a good option. It is available on the microsoft store and has a 5-day trial
    – user83712
    May 17, 2023 at 10:09
  • There is also a free version of keypress OSD available here but it won't be the latest version and is less optimized.
    – aqwertya
    May 17, 2023 at 13:30
  • Carnac, YAKD, KeyCastOW and Kling are also great options worth checking out.
    – aqwertya
    May 17, 2023 at 14:11
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    So far none. But I will most likely go with the trial version KeyPress OSD since it is available on the microsoft store. That way, I will not have to install programs from outside sources
    – user83712
    May 17, 2023 at 14:40
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KeyPress OSD is a great app. Sadly, there doesn't appear to be any way (or option) to simply restart a display entry; it always appends a previous entry. It can only be cleared manually (via an assigned key)...which is less than ideal.

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