I changed to El Capitan and I cannot find anymore the virtual keyboard about testing keyboard's keys visually. It is normally in the right hand corner under the keyboard switcher icon. I need the tool to review specific characters of OS X Keyboards, since I am typing many of them.

How can you have the virtual keyboard in OS X El Capitan?


System Prefs > Keyboard > Keyboard > Show Keyboard, Emoji & Symbol viewers in menu bar.

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  • Thank you! I wonder why they added the word Emoji in El Capitan because it confused me. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 Feb 16 '16 at 11:23
  • I'd make grand sweeping comments about Apple becoming a "lifestyle product for the type-with-your-thumbs generation" & forgetting its old user-base… but someone would complain ;) – Tetsujin Feb 16 '16 at 11:28

in my case when i checked "show keyboard- and character bla bla" nothing happens what so ever. No onscreen-keyboard?? I also run El Capitan...

ah never mind, my mistake. It's Yosemite i do run, not El Capitan. but still there's no keyboard Viewer showing?

SOLUTION 4 SHOWING THE ONSCREEN-KEYBOARD: move mouse to upper part of the screen and right-click the language flag icon to actually show the onscreen-keyboard.

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    Like it says in the original question: “It is normally in the right hand corner under the keyboard switcher icon.”. Maybe you should just delete this to avoid confusion, since you didn’t really have the problem asked about. – Tom Gewecke Jan 23 '19 at 23:12
  • Actually this answer helped me, it's more clear. – Eran Or Mar 7 at 18:17

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