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Build your own Customized Alphabet. It seems there are as many keyboard layout preferences as there are users.  So, you are may create your own custom layout.  You can even pick your own choice of Font and chose your own font attributes like Point Size, Bold and Italic.  Note: The two rows of alphabetic keys maximizes available vertical screen space while minimizing mouse movement.  However, for those of you who's brains are hard wired to the QWERTY keyboard, we provide a QWERTY layout designed with the CNTDesigner.  If you'd like the economy of screen space and efficiency of mouse movement that the standard keyboards offer, but also like QWERTY, the following QWERTY approximation has been supplied by a user who found it easier to get used to than the "Normal" or "Speed" compact built-in layouts :
Capital and Small letters option. Some people like a keyboard that displays lowercase letters when the Shift key is up and uppercase letters when Shift is depressed.  To the left is a view of the option.  Notice the lowercase letters on the keyboard with the option checked.
Keyboard with all keys visible. When deciding on your keyboard, Function Key location is often a trade off of convenience and space design  The default method of overlaying two rows of the normal keyboard saves space, at the expense of having to flip them in and out of view with the Function Keys menu item.  You may also choose to put your Function Keys under the normal keys, or completely design your own keyboard with the CNTDesigner.
Automatic switch to Smaller Key Faces allow much Smaller Keyboards. All Click-N-Type keyboard layouts can be resized down to a point where 8-point characters will just barely fit on the keys (click on the link to the left to see this in action). The minimum size exists because smaller keycap characters are impossible to read. Please note, that we cannot fit large, easy to see, characters on a tiny keyboard with keys that are smaller than the characters. 

For larger and easier to see keys, use Click-N-Type keyboard resizing together with your favorite magnifying software. Check our Help file for ways to create larger custom keycaps for even higher magnification. If you have trouble with graphics programs, contact us and we'll help you.
Consideration for Windows 9x and ME systems. (Only!)
Not needed on newer systems.
Screen Shot of Normal Typing into a Word Processor. You type by clicking a key on the Click-N-Type virtual keyboard. Click-N-Type sends that key to the window that is currently accepting keyboard input. Probably over 95% of the time, this will be your normal mode of typing.
All Standard AT keyboard keys are available. All virtual keyboards consume space on your screen.  All those less frequently used keys are made accessible by clicking the F1-F12 button.  The key changes to A-Z so another click returns you back to normal keys.
Screen Shot of a typical Dialog Box. Typing into Dialog Boxes is normally just as simple as typing anywhere else, because the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard sends Keystrokes to the current Foreground Window, not the current Active Application.  However, for those applications that like to play with selected text in Dialog Boxes, we have Buffered Modes described below.
Standard Buffered Mode in an Internet Browser. If you've tried other virtual keyboards you've found, no matter what Internet browser you use, you just can't type a web address (URL) into the "Address:" field.  Well, maybe you can somehow get something on the Clipboard, paste it into that field and then hit the <Enter> key on the Real Keyboard.  But wait! - The <Enter> key is on the Real Keyboard.  Hence, this is not an acceptable sollution! Grin

With the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard it's no problem.  You type the web address into the Buffer including the <Enter>.  Then click the "Address:" field of your Internet browser.  That's it.  The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard minimizes itself while you watch your page form.  You'll probably use the same technique for typing into Email "To:" and "Subject:" fields, depending on which Email client you're using.

Buffered to Clipboard Mode example. The one case I found that absolutely required use of the System Clipboard was renaming a file.  Type the new name into the Buffer and release the Buffer button.  Then right-click the file you want and chose "Rename."  Then while the name text is selected and blinking, right-click it and chose "Paste."  Then click anywhere else to finalize your action.  Notice that at no time did anyone's hand ever touch the Real Keyboard.Grin  This procedure is a fall back for those very infrequent times when all else fails.
Custom Layouts CNTDesigner
A QWERTY Keyboard made with CNTDesigner.

Several ways to Select the Keyboard you need.

The CNTDesigner Keyboard Designer in action.

Starter set of User Designed Keyboard Layouts.
Aside from the standard Normal Keyboard, Speed Keyboard and Custom Alphabet layouts, the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard can support user designed keyboards created using the CNTDesigner Keyboard Designer add-on from Polital Enterprises LLC.  You can download the CNTDesigner Keyboard Designer from the web site.  Even if you don't download the CNTDesigner Keyboard Designer, the QWERTY keyboard layout, to the left, designed with this software is included with the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard for your convenience.  You may also freely share Keyboard Configuration files with others by simply emailing them to each other, and having the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard select your new layout.

As a starter, you may review some keyboards by clicking here.  You may download and install this handy set of layouts and "close the window" to return here.

The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard gives you several convenient ways to select the keyboard you want.  All keyboards are accessible from the "Options | Keyboard" menu.  The User Designed keyboard layout files are also accessible from the "File | Select User Keyboard..." menu.  The 6 most recently accessed keyboards used are also available on the "File" menu.

Customizable Word Prediction window. The Word Prediction window (see below) uses 8 point "MS Sans Serif" font by default.  But if you have low vision, you can pick the font, size and style you like best, using the "Prediction | Set Prediction Window Font..." menu command.  The example at the left uses 20 Point Arial Bold.  Since a larger font requires a larger window, you can resize this window, and its size will be remembered each time you run the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard.
Click-N-Type when Minimized to the System Tray. We have found that when you want the keyboard out of your way, you REALLY mean it.  A 16 X16 pixel icon in the System Tray area of the Task Bar is about as unobtrusive as we can get it.Grin  The  keyboard turns into this tiny icon whenever it is minimized rather than appearing as a minimized window on the Task Bar.  And yes, this is an Option that is off by default, if you have difficulty hitting these small targets you need not be concerned.
Set Colors applet. The "Use Custom Key Colors" option to let you set the Background Colors of objects has been added to the "Keyboard Preferences" applet.  Selecting this option brings up the "Set Colors" applet on the left.  Clicking any of these objects brings up a "Color" applet that allows you to assign the color of your choice to that object.
Keyboard Transparency Controls in the Keyboard Preferences applet allow users of Windows-2000 or higher to make the keyboard translucent.  By sliding the control to the left, you increase the transparency of the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard window.  The major advantage is that even though the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard window may be covering something, you can still see through it.
Extended Functionality
AutoClick typing in use.

Setting AutoClick Delay.

More AutoClick features.

Function Keys available.

One of the most meaningful additions to later versions of the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard is its AutoClick feature.  While it is beyond the scope of Click-N-Type to give a disabled person who does not have the ability to perform a physical "Mouse Click" operation full access to Windows, AutoClick does give him or her the ability to at least type.  It's my hope that this may be just the incentive needed to get those creative juices flowing. AutoClick has a user adjustable timer to determine how long the mouse pointer must dwell over a key before a "Mouse Click" is simulated for that key.

When you're in AutoClick mode, a click is simulated when you hover over a key long enough.  The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard gives you a visual cue as you pass the mouse pointer over keys that can AutoClick.  As your pointer passes over such a key, the background color of that key turns yellow.

If you check out the lower right of the keyboard, you'll see a button that changes from Function Keys to Standard Keys.  So when you, as an AutoClick user, makes a mistake several lines back, this feature helps you AutoClick the Function Keys button, use the Arrow Keys to get back to the point in question and make the correction.

You may also want to learn about the new Point-N-Click virtual mouse from Polital Enterprises LLC.

Macro text being generated.

A Macro being defined.

Macros are user defined text strings that may be assigned to any key on the Click-N-Type virtual keyboard.  By using Macros you can type entire words, phrases, or multiple lines of text with only one or two mouse clicks.  One example on the left shows a  Macro being used in a document.  The other shows a Macro being assigned to a key.  By using the items under the Macros menu item, you can define, display, edit and clear Macros.  When you want to use a macro simply depress the <Alt> key and click the key containing the Macro.
Word Prediction and Completion.

Hot Scrolling the Word Prediction window.

Word Prediction and Completion:  As you type each word, the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard can provide you with a list of known words that begin with those characters.  This feature can be very useful to reduce the number of keystrokes you need to type.
  • Type a few letters of a word and the Word Prediction window opens.
  • While the Word Prediction window is visible, find the word you are attempting to type.  Scroll down the alphabetically sorted list if necessary by depressing one of the "Hot Scroll Bars".
  • When you find the word you want, double or single click it.  The remainder of the word will be typed to your current target window.  It's that simple.
If you are in AutoClick mode, Word Completion is also usable.
  • Type a few letters of a word and the Word Prediction window opens.
  • While the Word Prediction window is visible, find the word you are attempting to type.  Scroll through the alphabetically sorted list by hovering over the "Hot Scroll Bars" if necessary.
  • When you find the word you want, hover over it.  The remainder of the word will be typed to your current target window.  It's that simple.
We provide a Word List of some 30,000 English words, as a separate download.  You may add words, remove words, or make your own list entirely from scratch.  Wherever possible, a non-English Word List is provided with each Language Pack.
Space after Completed Word. Setting the Space after Completed Word option, automatically types a space character after you've used word completion.  This can be very handy in that you don't need to click on the <Space> key.  The disadvantages include not being able to continue a completed word like "cabinet" extended to "cabinetmaker".  Also, you need to use the Bksp before typing the period at the end of a sentence.
Sample Sounds
Speak 'A' Speak 'Shift' 'Typing' Sound 'Shift' Sound
Speech Typing
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More than just fun, Typing Sounds provide audible feedback to both Standard Mode and AutoClick users.   You may select one of the "Spoken Keys" options, as well as normal typewriter sounds.  This was requested by Pat De Laere who works with children who are also visually impaired.  The feature "speaks" the keys back to you, letting you know you've hit the correct key.  Documentation on how to create "Spoken Keys" is included with the Click-N-Type help file, so people can create their own.  We have enough trouble with English.Grin  The "Typing Sounds" options are as follows:
  • None - No sound is heard as you type, if you prefer to work in silence.
  • Typewriter - Normal typewriter sounds.  Each time a key is typed you'll hear it.  Each time you depress a Shift, Ctrl or Alt key, you'll hear that too.
  • Speech - Each key is spoken by a human voice as you type.  The "Speech Package" you've installed determines what is said, and who's voice is used.  The default English Speech Package speaks in a male voice.
  • Alternate Speech - Each key is spoken by a different voice.  The Speech Package you have installed determines the voice.  The default (and only so far) English Alternate Speech Package uses a female voice.
  • Speak All Text when sent from strings - Is toggled on or off.  If on, each key that is sent from a Macro, the Buffer or Word Completion is spoken individually.  If this option is not checked, the default sound is heard once.
Typing Sounds Keyboard Preferences.
Download the Click-N-Type Speech Package
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Download the Click-N-Type Alternate Speech Package
(American female voice)
2.28 MB

The Uninstall applet. Before you can upgrade to a new version of Click-N-Type, you are advised to first Uninstall the old version.  You may also want to remove Click-N-Type from your system entirely, although I have no idea why anyone would want to do such a thing.Grin  Although you may use Window's "Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs", many people find this intimidating.  The Uninstall applet was introduced starting with Version 1.04, you will find it easier to smoothly remove Click-N-Type from your system by using it.  This gives you complete control over the uninstall process, yet also allows you to simply answer the first question and everything will be removed correctly and automatically.  The exact method of removal varies slightly with different versions of Click-N-Type.  Please see the Removal Page for more details.
Scan Mode.

Scan Mode Settings applet.

Scanning Mode -  Scan Mode is designed for anyone who lacks the ability to move the mouse pointer with any pointing device. You may use the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard to type, if you have access to at least one mouse, or trackball, button or a switch wired to be in parallel with a mouse or trackball button.  You use a single switch to activate a key when it's in the cross hairs.  See the Help file for detailed explanation, and an explanation of the "Scan Mode Settings" applet.

You may use any keyboard layout of your choice, however he have included the "Scanning.cfg" keyboard that is statistically designed to be optimized for speed when typing it English, using Scan Mode.  You are encouraged to size the keyboard to the smallest size comfortable to work with.  This makes the scanning take less time without increasing the Scanning Speed.  Also, as with anything new, you are strongly encouraged to practice.

Selecting an Application to Run at Startup. People frequently want to run a Word Processor, Email client, or edit a particular document whenever they start the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard.  The "Launch an Application at Startup" option in the "Program Preferences" applet, allows you to specify such an application.  A dialog box allows you to find program shortcuts starting at your "Start" button's folder.  More sophisticated users may change from "Program Shortcuts" to "All Files", and navigate to the actual executable or document file to start.  Whenever the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard starts, it will attempt to open this choice.
[X] Button Minimizes the keyboard option. Some people like to "Close" the keyboard window but have it ready to be re-launched from the System Tray.  The "[X] Button Minimizes the keyboard" in conjunction with the "In System Tray when Minimized" option in the "Program Preferences" applet, accomplish this goal.  Note: When this option is set, the only way to actually close the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard is by using the "File | Exit" menu command.
Set Colors applet. The "Use Custom Key Colors" option to let you set the Background Colors of objects has been added to the "Keyboard Preferences" applet.  Selecting this option brings up the "Set Colors" applet on the left.  Clicking any of these objects brings up a "Color" applet that allows you to assign the color of your choice to that object.
Macro Snapshots. The "Macros | Load Macros..." and "Macros | Save Macros As..." menu commands allow you to load and save User Macro Snapshot files.  These are named files containing all macros currently defined.  There is also a quick list of the last 4, most recent, Macro Snapshot files loaded or saved on the "Macros" menu.
Meta Key Example. Non-Printing Character Strings Allowed -
This Keyboard Preferences option allows you to insert non-printing keys into the Buffer and Macros, in the form of Meta Keys.  You can insert non-printing keys in the Buffer and Macros.  See the Click-N-Type Help system for a full explanation.
Use System Hooks default option for newer systems. Low Level Hooks -
As many of you are painfully aware, there are several applications around that seem to play with the insertion pointer or selected text every time they gain or lose focus.  The worst offender is Internet Explorer's Address Field, but there are others.   Until now, the only way to enter text into these fields was to use Buffered Mode.  If you are running on NT4(Sp3), 2000, XP or newer, the "Use System Hooks" preference will be set by default.  You now may  type directly almost anywhere without the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard changing focus.  This means you don't have to worry about Buffered Mode. Just type normally.
Drop and Hide when not in use Drop and Hide when not in use -
The "Drop and Hide when not in use" option may be set.  When this option is set, the keyboard will always hide at the bottom of the screen whenever the mouse leaves the keyboard for a while.  When on, there is no need for the Minimize menu items.  Please note that the keyboard will never "Drop and Hide" when in Scan Mode.

The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard may be retrieved, at any time by simply moving the mouse pointer to the small sliver that can still be seen at the bottom of the screen.  Or, if you prefer, you may click its icon in the System Tray.

QWERTY101-Long layout.

QWERTY101-Long at Minimum size.

The Full Set of Physical Keys -
Even though the intrinsic keyboards that are built into Click-N-Type contain all the normally useful keys, people using our CNTDesigner have asked "Why can't I have two Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys like my real keyboard?", "Why can't I have a Number-pad like my real keyboard?", Where are the Scroll Lock, Pause, Caps Lock and Num Lock keys?", "My real keyboard has two <Win> keys and an <App> key - why can't I have these too?".  The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard now makes all these keys available to users of the CNTDesigner.  You may now add keys until you run out of screen space.  The pre-designed QWERTY101-Short and the QWERTY101-Long (shown at left) layouts are include with the standard installation.  Similar non-English 101 and 102 layouts are included with language packs as are suitable.
New Macro key. New Macro key -
A new <Macro> key may now be placed on User Defined layouts. When visible on a User Designed Keyboard, it replaces the <Alt> to generate Macros.  This frees up <Alt>+<any-key> to perform normal functions.  A portion of the QWERTY101-Short layout, containing the <Macro> key, is shown at the left.
Recapture Mouse menu. Scan Mode Enhancements -
On Windows NT4(Sp3), 2000, XP or newer, any key on the main keyboard may be substituted for the left mouse button, and any key to the right of the <Enter> key, including the <Enter> key, may be used in place of the right mouse button.  Hence, you may use the mouse button switches or simply "slap" the keyboard to trigger Scan Mode events.  See the description of Scan Mode or read it's Help file section for more detailed information.

There is now a much easier way to correct a mistake in Scan Mode.  A Right-Double-Click, in Scan Made, sends a <Backspace>.

Some Scan Mode users like to hold down the Left-Mouse button for  more than 6 seconds while waiting to release it, but this used to trigger Escape Mouse Trapped mode.  In this version holding down the Right-Mouse button for 6 seconds escapes this mode.

After freeing the mouse to perform system tasks you now have a more convenient way to recapture the mouse.  Use the "Options | Scan mode | Recapture Mouse" menu command as an alternative to clicking the keyboard followed by the <Esc> key or holding down the right mouse button for 6 seconds.

Allow Sending Keys to Desktop Talk to your Desktop -
Normally, random clicks on the Desktop or items on your Taskbar are ignored and do not affect the current Target being typed to.  However, more sophisticated users frequently want to type keystrokes to the Desktop and Taskbar.  The "Allow Sending Keys to Desktop" Keyboard Preference has been added as an option. When set, the "Program Manager" and Taskbar are valid targets.
Macro Cues Macro Cues -
Under normal conditions, text of a Macro is displayed as a cue whenever you have the <Alt> or <Macro> key down and hold the mouse pointer over a key containing a Macro.  Many times it is much more helpful to see a meaningful title for this text rather than the text itself.  Using the "Store Macro Cue" command you can assign a custom "Cue" to be displayed rather than the text of the macro.  See the example to the left.
More AutoClick Control. More AutoClick Control -
Some people want AutoClicked keys to repeat faster, some slower and some want no repeat.  The AutoClick Delay applet now has two more sliders.  Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate.  Each is adjustable in seconds from 0.30 to 5.00 to 64.88 to Infinity.
Administrative Control
CNT-Administration Screen Shots.

Download the CNT-Administration Package.
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The CNT-Administration package installs to a completely different Program Group and different Folder from the Click-N-Type virtual keyboard.  CNT-Administration may be protected from access by users, or completely removed from a system after you have set things up the way you like.

CNTAdmin -
Allows an Administrator to selectively turn features on or off for the Click-N-Type virtual keyboard.  This program allows you to set which menu items and/or options are available.  You may setup the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard with everything the way you want it.  Then run CNTAdmin to prevent the user from changing any features you don't want changed.

By default, CNTAdmin displays all items in English.  If you have other Language Packs installed, select your language from the "Language:" drop-down list.

CNTClone -
Allows you to duplicate the current Click-N-Type and CNTAdmin configuration on other systems.  This program "Exports" the registry info to a file.  You may then copy that file to another system and "Import" the Click-N-Type registry settings. It must be run once on each PC that will be using Click-N-Type, if you are imposing CNTAdmin restrictions.  This does not apply to CNTPortable since the the portable device, or folder, can simply be moved to another system.

Right-Click to Shift.

Middle-Click generates a Macro.

Click-N-Type contains many useful shortcuts to make your typing easier, including typing single uppercase characters by simply Right-Clicking the key to type that key shifted.

If you have a Middle Mouse button or a wheel mouse, you don't need to depress the <Alt> or <Macro> key, to generate a Macro, if you don't want to.  You can generate Macros by simply Middle-Clicking on the key containing the Macro text  Note that clicking the Scroll Wheel of a wheel mouse is the same as Middle-Clicking a 3 button mouse.

Release Shift Keys after one keystroke. In most cases, Right-Click Shift and Middle-Click Macros are the fastest and easiest way to generate a single uppercase character or a single Macro.  However, if your are an AutoClick user, or you're using another program like Point-N-Click to generate the actual clicks for you, you may find that changing from one kind of click to another is just as cumbersome as simply releasing the Shift key.  For this reason, we've added the option  you see at the left.

If this option is selected, the Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys stay down when depressed.  It is frequently convenient to do things like capitalize only the first letter of a sentence, without going back to release the Shift key.  Also, you may only want the Alt key down long enough to expand one Macro.  When this option is cleared, the Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys only stay down until the next key is struck.

Right-Click Alt = AltGr Where's the AltGr key?
Those of you who are used to international keyboards, probably miss the Right-Alt or AltGr key.  This key is the same as depressing the Alt and Ctrl key simultaneously.  Depressing both keys and releasing them again can be laborious.  You may simply Right-Click on the Alt key to accomplish the same functionality.  Both Alt and Ctrl will be depressed or released.  Hence, to accomplish an <AltGr>+"Q", simply Right-Click the Alt button followed by clicking the "Q".
Extra characters on predefined Macros. Several European keyboards have one more key than we have room for.  If you examine the German Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard closely, you'll find the key containing the "<", ">" and "|" missing.  All Language Packs for these keyboards now come prepackaged with any missing characters predefined as macros.  For example, the German keyboard, to the left, has "<" on Macro-1, ">" on Macro-2 and "|" on Macro-3.
Resetting Word Prediction. Right clicking the Word Prediction list may be used to clear and restart word prediction.  Suggested by Bernhard G. Keller.
Right-Click to Learn New Word. To make new words easier to add to your Word Prediction list, the "Prediction > Copy words to Buffer" option is now the default.  As you type a break character, the previous set of Word characters are stored in the buffer ready to be learned as a new word.  There is also a "Right-Click on Buffer Button" shortcut to the "Learn Word from Buffer" menu command.  See the illustrations on the left.
Multilingual Capabilities
Language Packs.

Download the Language Development Kit.

Different Languages and Keyboards:
The task of customizing the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard for various languages and/or installed keyboards other than the standard English (United States 101) keyboard varies considerably, based on the requirements of the language.  Depending on the language and physically installed keyboard, one or more of the following steps will be required to create a Language Pack.

In most cases, the only thing we need from a foreign language translator is the translation itself.  However, for the more adventurous who have a good understanding of computer graphics and/or those who would like to play with keyboard mappings, we offer the Language Development Kit.

Customizing Key-Caps - is a manual procedure that is mentioned below and explained fully in the Click-N-Type Help file.  This is the process of creating pictures of keys that resemble those on your physical keyboard.

Translating Menus and Messages - involves modifying a template file that contains all the text seen by a user of Click-N-Type.  This procedure is discussed below and explained fully in the Click-N-Type Help file.  You may also download the latest Messages-English.txt template file here.
Customizing Key Codes - is the process of associating physical keys that exist on your real keyboard with the keys on your Click-N-Type virtual keyboard.  The MakeUKeys2 program as part of the Language Development Kit will assist you in the process of creating the UKeys.txt file.
Mapping the Keyboard - defines all possible ways your physical keyboard can generate characters.  The KbdMap program as part of the Language Development Kit helps you create the required Strokes.kmp file to do this.  Without this process, the following functions will have problems.

  • Typing 2 stroke characters from the Buffer.
  • Typing 2 stroke characters from Macros.
  • Completing Words from the Word Prediction list that contain 2 stroke characters.
  • Recognizing non-English characters as belonging to words for Word Prediction.
In-Word Characters - are all those characters that are allowed to be a part of words in your language.  The InWord program as part of the Language Development Kit helps you create the InWord.txt file that contains all these characters.  Without this file, only characters of the English alphabet, 0-9, <‘> and <-> are recognized as valid inside a word.  The InWord.txt file makes it possible for European words like this to work.
Bitmaps as Key-Caps for a Chinese Click-N-Type keyboard.

Download Internal Key-Caps Template files.

Customizable Key-Caps:
The unmodified Click-N-Type virtual keyboard is a standard IBM AT compatible keyboard, and as such will send the same ANSI key codes as an English (United States 101) keyboard.  However, there are applications as in some languages like Chinese, where it is desirable to place nonstandard characters and/or symbols on some or all the Key Faces.  You may wish to download a set of Key-Caps that resemble those used internally by the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard from  You can use these as a starting point by modifying the ones you want to change and deleting the rest.  This feature together with the Language Development Kit and the ability to Translate Menus and Messages comprise the multilingual capability of Click-N-Type.  To create these pictures you'll need to create the Bitmap files, with a graphics program, and put them into the Click-N-Type folder.
Example of some menu items translated into German.

Download the Messages-English.txt Template for Translators.

Translate Menus and Messages:
The unmodified Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard emulates a standard IBM AT keyboard and was designed for a decidedly English speaking user community.  Use in other languages is made possible by using one or more of the following features:  Customize Key-Caps, modify the keyboard characteristics with the above Language Development Kit and the ability to change the displayed text of Menus and Messages.  Translating all the text displayed by the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard is beyond the capability of Lake Software.  This task should also not be left for the end user, but rather undertaken by a "Translator."  Once the Translator has completed his/her job, a single resource file may be placed in the Click-N-Type Install Folder, and the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard will "speak" the new language.  Translators should read and follow the Help file instructions to translate the Messages-English.txt template provided here.
Help wanted! We encourage anyone using the above features to make a non-English or special needs version, to donate the files they've worked on so others may benefit from an edition of the Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard that functions properly for them.  Translators!  Even if you find the more technical aspects intimidating, but can translate from English, contact us.  We probably can work together to prepare a version in your language.
Additional features in Version 3.01
More CNTAdmin Options. More Administrative control -
Two CNTAdmin options have been added.  One option can prevent the keyboard from being resized.  The other removes the Title Bar and thus prevents the user from moving the keyboard.
Drop and Hide Details. Adjustable Drop and Hide options -
When the "Drop and Hide" option is set, you may set the Delay Time before we Drop and Hide.  You may also set the Sliver Height that will still show while the keyboard is hiding.  We no longer adjust this delay based on AutoClick Mode or the existence of a visible Word Prediction window.
Commonly Used Words List.

Right-Click to Learn New Word.

Commonly Used Word Prediction -
The Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard now maintains a list of commonly used words you use, by default.  A word is entered into this list and it's use count incremented each time it is selected from the Word Prediction list.  Up to the first 10 most used words, matching the letters you've typed, are listed at the top of the Word Prediction list.  The words you select most will appear at the top of the list where they are easiest to find.

The "Prediction > Learn Commonly completed words" option allows you to stop collecting information on Common Words.  This stops the Word Prediction list from changing based on your favorite words.  The "Prediction > Empty Commonly used words list..." lets you start from scratch, clearing all information collected about commonly used words.

To make new words easier to add to your Word Prediction list, the "Prediction > Copy words to Buffer" option is now the default.  As you type a break character, the previous set of In-Word characters are stored in the buffer ready to be learned as a new word.  There is also a "Right-Click on Buffer Button" shortcut to the "Learn Word from Buffer" menu command.  See the illustrations on the left.

Typing into the Windows Logon Screen.
Instructions for a System Administrator to setup Click-N-Type to be used to type into the Logon Screen at boot-up, when needed in a non-secure environment.  This will not make Click-N-Type available after Logout if the machine is not rebooted.  Also note: Windows will not allow Click-N-Type to send Ctrl+Alt+Del to change the logon, or bring up the Task Manager.
Note: The procedures below are recommended because they provide the simplest, safest and least intrusive way to allow someone who cannot use the physical keyboard, to gain access to Windows at system Boot-Up.  If you live or work an an environment where you need to Logoff when away and/or use a Password protected Screen-Saver to protect yourself from malicious individuals, in physical proximity to your machine, you may be forced to attempt more drastic measures.   Please see the CNTgina section (in white), at the bottom of this cell for the pros and cons of this alternative procedure.

If security is not really a problem, we still recommend eliminating the request for Password, by setting Automatic Logon using TweakUI available from Microsoft.

For those who really need to use Click-N-Type for Secure Network Logon, we will lead your System Administrator through the necessary steps.  Unfortunately, this is not a job for a novice.  We strongly recommend that you contact your System Administrator with the following information.

For 2000 Pro & XP Pro users.  The procedure involves using the Group Policy Editor to run a copy of Click-N-Type at Logon time.  To set this up, download or from this site.  Extract it's files to any temporary folder, double click CNT-Startup.hlp and follow the instructions.  It has the form of a tutorial and leads you through the procedure step-by-step.

For Windows 95 / 98 / ME users.  Click-N-Type can be set up to run as a service by creating a RunServices entry in the system registry. THIS SHOULD NOT BE DONE WITHOUT FIRST SAVING THE REGISTRY!  It would be best to have this done by someone experienced in modifying the registry.

The following Registry Patch file would add the necessary key and value if Click-N-Type is installed in it's default location: 
"CNT"="\"C:\\Program Files\\Click-N-Type\\Click-N-Type.exe\""

CNTgina - A ginastub dll front-end to the Winlogon process.

  • Allows the Click-N-Type virtual keyboard to be used to access Logon dialogs whenever a user is not Logged-on or the computer is Locked.  Not only at Boot-up time.
  • Works on XP-Pro, XP-Home and Win-2000 systems.
  • Intrinsic danger of modifying the Winlogon process. - We have made every effort to design this procedure to make a Click-N-Type failure not inhibit Winlogon from functioning normally.  Our ginastub simply runs the Click-N-Type virtual keyboard, on the correct Windows Desktop, rather than making the virtual keyboard an integral part of the Winlogon process.  Hence, if Click-N-Type should fail, for any reason, it will not affect the Logon process itself.  Nevertheless, modifying the Windows Logon process should not be taken lightly.  If installation procedures are not followed exactly, followed out of order, or if any steps are skipped, you could make your system unusable.
  • If you have already modified your Logon process by adding a gina or ginastub, you will not be able to use this feature.  Out installation procedure shows you how to check for this.
  • This ginastub is a modified version of the sample ginastub, provided by the Windows SDK.  It has been tested on several XP and Win-2000 systems.  However, we cannot take responsibility for any errors inherited from Microsoft code.  Use at your own risk if you trust Microsoft.
  • The familiar XP Welcome screen and Log-off buttons will be replaced with the traditional Win-2000 look and feel.
  • Some "Please wait for..." reassurance boxes may not be displayed while booting and/or shutting-down.
  • The XP Fast User Switching feature will not be available.
  • Windows will still not allow a Virtual Keyboard to send Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  • Click-N-Type must be installed in its default (English) "C:\Program Files\Click-N-Type" folder.  If you've installed it elsewhere or your country's Windows system installed it elsewhere, you must uninstall and reinstall, forcing it to this folder.
  • If you need to apply any CNTAdmin restrictions to the Click-N-Type that runs with Logon, you'll have to additionally use or to get CNTAdmin started at boot-up.  You may then disable it from the Group Policy Editor, or not.  Your choice.  The two methods can coexist.
  • If you uninstall Click-N-Type, you should apply the CNTgina-off.reg registry patch (see below), and then delete the "...\System32\CNTgina.dll" file in that order.
Installation instructions:
  • Make sure Click-N-Type V3.03.374 or newer is installed.
  • Download the archive.
  • Extract it's contents.
  • Double-click InstallGINA.bat and follow the instructions in the Command (DOS) Window.  Type the <Spacebar> to continue after reading each step.
  • Reboot when done.
  • If you ever need to disable this feature, apply the CNTgina-off.reg registry patch.  Never delete "...\System32\CNTgina.dll" before doing so.
Other Additions and Changes in V3.01
  • Picture Key Color - We have keys with Text and keys with pictures of several characters.  The pictures of characters are Black to match the normal 3D Object Text Color for normal Windows Color Schemes.  If however, you used a non-Black Text Color, our keys looked funny.  Some Black and some not.  This version now converts all Black pixels of the bitmaps to the current Text Color.
  • Extended Desktop Support -With the advent of Extended Desktops (Multiple Monitors), users expect to have CNT start in the same place, on the same monitor it was closed on, if possible.  Information and Dialog windows should be centered on the current monitor we're on.  All form placement must be relative to the current monitor, not the Primary Monitor.  Furthermore, every time an attempt is made to move or place a form, we need to ask if the monitors of the Desktop have changed and what monitor the main form is considered to be on.  This version makes every attempt to take logical action for Extended Desktops.  The "correct" action is not necessarily always well defined.
  • Don't remove Click-N-Type from Taskbar when we Drop and Hide if "In System Tray when Minimized" is not set.
  • New Installer - Click-N-Type, CNT-Administration and LC-Configure now use Installer2Go to call the latest 32-bit "Windows Installer" technology.
  • Minimize when not in use - For people who don't care if Focus changes or not, and would rather click on a minimized keyboard, to get it out of hiding, we now have the "Minimize when not in use" option.
Additional features in Version 3.02
Target displayed in Title Bar Current Target displayed -
The window caption of the current target, if one exists, is displayed as part of our title, showing where keystrokes are being sent.
Rollup to Title Bar only Rollup feature -
The "Only Title Bar shows when not in use" option can make only the Title Bar visible when not in use.
Other Additions and Changes in V3.02
  • The keyboard now remembers its previous position if closed, or Windows is shut-down, while we're hiding out of sight.
  • Added the "/NoTaskbarOnRollup" command-line switch for expert only use to keep our button off the Task Bar when the Rollup feature being used.
  • Fixed two very unlikely, and never reported, timing and hiding related problems
  • Multiple Instances - You may now have multiple instances of Click-N-Type with different layouts and possibly different Language Configurations.  There can be only one installed Click-N-Type, and one set of registry keys, so we've made a /IX:n (n = 1 to 9) command-line switch you may add to separate shortcuts.  If a Click-N-Type is already running for a given /IX:n, that instance is activated.  If not, we start an instance of Click-N-Type with a title that begins with the title "Click-N-Type[n]".  All settings are independent of the non-indexed Click-N-Type shortcut or any other shortcuts with other indices.
  • Shift affects Mouse Buttons - The Click-N-Type <Shift>, <Ctrl> and <Alt> keys may now also be used to modify mouse clicks.  This makes multiple selections, using the mouse, much easier.
  • For easier visibility, the <Shift>, <Ctrl>, <Alt> and <AltGr> keys display in the "Active Color", when depressed, whenever keys are being highlighted as the mouse pointer passes over them.
  • Added the /CFGRS command-line switch to Remember the Size the keyboard was last closed as even if the /CFG switch is used. Without the /CFGRS switch, the keyboard will continue to open at its default size as before.
  • More Macros - Double the number of Macros available with Shiftable Macros. This allows different Text and Macro Cues to be stored on <Macro><Key> and <Macro><Shift><Key>. This also allows any character from a character set, to be stored on a <Macro><Key> and its uppercase equivalent to be stored on <Macro><Shift><Key>.
    • Note however, this can present some backward compatibility problems if the user is accustomed to using macros while <Shift> is down. So, even if <Shift> is down, we expand the "Normal" macro if there's nothing on the Shifted Macro key.
    • "S-*-ms.wav" files may now be created to speak Shiftable Macros.
  • Some people don't have a Middle-Mouse-Button or a Wheel Mouse. Made Left+Right Mouse also expand macros, the same as Middle-Mouse-Click.
Additional features in Version 3.03.412
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Now Vista and Windows 7 compatible!

  • Installation is Vista Friendly - No special actions or any form of Compatibility Mode are required for Click-N-Type, or any of its Add-ons, to be installed on Vista.  They will automatically requestShieldElevated Permission to be Installed or uninstalled.
  • Click-N-Type is designed to run on Vista from "Standard User" or "Administrator" accounts. - No form of Compatibility Mode is ever required.  No special privileges are required to use Click-N-Type.
  • No folder ever needs to be modified to give any user special access to it.
  • ShieldAdministrative utilities that affect the "Click-N-Type experience" of other users, will ask the Vista User Account Control (UAC) to request Elevation of Privileges automatically.
  • HTML Help - Starting with Vista, Windows no longer comes packaged with WinHelp.  Click-N-Type now uses a new Help system that eliminates the need for you to download and install the separate Vista WinHelp package from Microsoft.
  • Stays On-Top of Vista Sidebar - Click-N-Type cannot be hidden by the Vista Sidebar if "Always On Top" is set.
  • See our Special Vista and Windows 7 Considerations page for more details.
  • Installing add-ons no longer cause Windows 7 to warn you with a bogus "Possible Installation problem" message.
  • Our Portable version is now Windows 7 compatible.
  • Corrective methods to correct known Windows 7 issues when heavily loaded.
  • Now starts without focus.  This allows you to run Click-N-Type, with full privileges on Windows 7 at Logon.  See Click-N-Type with Privileges at Logon for instructions.
Windows 7
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More V3.03 enhancements

  • Users no longer need to be Administrators. - Once installed, any User account may now run Click-N-Type and use its Add-ons with full access to all functionality.
  • Each User maintains his/her own Word Prediction list, and Commonly Used Word list. - The basic Word List is still installed by anyone with enough Privileges.  From then on, users maintain their personal copies.  People upgrading from V3.02 will start with their current Word Prediction list and then each user will build from, or delete from, that list.
  • Each User maintains his/her personal preference of Language Pack Configurations. - One user may choose to type using a German keyboard configuration, while another works in French.
  • Each user has his/her own Macro Snapshot files. - Macro Snapshot sets, that are saved and reloaded by the Click-N-Type user, are now specific to each user and not visible to anyone else.
  • Highlighted Macro Keys - Some people found it difficult to remember what keys they put Macros on.  Now, keys that contain macro text are highlighted (green by default) whenever the "Identify keys..." option is set and the [Macro] button is depressed.
  • The <Windows> keys available on our QWERTY-long layout, and User Designed keyboards is now sticky. - Both <Windows> keys are now handled the same as <Shift>, <Ctrl> and <Alt>.  They will stay down, so you can type useful things like <Win>+<E> to start Explorer, <Win>+<D> to show your Desktop, etc..
  • Click-N-Type may now be started every time a User needs validation as well as at Boot-up.
  • A Portable version that runs Stand-alone and Stealth on a Portable Drive.
  • Compatible with more sophisticated Word Prediction applications.
  • Allows Auto-Hiding on the left edge, right edge or top of the monitor as well as the bottom.
  • Makes the Title Bar translucent when Rolled-Up and not in use.
  • Able to handle Languages with more than 102 key keyboards, like Brazilian ABNT.
  • More attempts to work around SmartNav shortcomings.
  • Allow the taskbar to be covered if the /CoverTaskbar command-line switch is used..
  • Added a new "Automatically restore when needed" check box to the "Set Hiding Details" applet, to cause the keyboard to come out of hiding when the mouse pointer passes over the currently active Text Insertion Pointer.
  • Made some annoying tutorial messages stop displaying after 3 times. "Options > Reset all Messages" brings them back.
  • Make Scan Line width variable in single switch Scan Mode.
  • 3D keys look prettier as Flat keys if a non-default keycap background color is chosen.
  • More support for the <Windows-Logo> and <Application> Meta Keys.
  • Allow an AutoClick user to Restore the keyboard from a Minimized or hidden state by simple passing over the Tray icon.

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