Limitations of the "Auto pop-up keyboard" feature in Windows (Beta version)


Beginning with Windows Streamer v2.3.0.0, a new "Auto pop-up keyboard" feature was made available in the Settings tab of the Streamer dialog box.  Basically, with this feature, the virtual keyboard of the client device should automatically appear when you tap on a standard Windows input field on the remote desktop screen.  Currently only iOS clients (iPads) are supported, but soon Android clients will be supported too.

Please note that this is a Beta version of the feature, and does currently come with the following limitations:

  • The feature is currently supported only in Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista (Service Pack 2), and Windows XP (Service Pack 3); in conjunction with iOS clients.  However, we plan to also implement this feature for the Mac Streamer and Android clients/Windows RT clients in the future.
  • This Beta version of the feature works only in conjunction with the standard Windows editing input fields.  Some examples are illustrated below.  The keyboard automatically popped up when the Text cursor was placed within these input fields:

 Windows Logon screen —



Google Search bar



Microsoft Word document input  (also works for other Office apps like Microsoft Excel) —



Skype Login screen  —




  • Examples of input fields where the virtual keyboard will NOT  pop up are:

◊  The Address bar of the Chrome browser.

◊  Some input fields in some web sites.

◊  All input fields in Win 8 Metro apps.

◊  Input fields in image processing tools.

Here are three sample illustrations of cases wherein the keyboard will NOT pop up:

Google Chrome Address bar



Text Box input field in PhotoShop  —



Bing Search bar  —



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