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The Chrome OS Virtual Keyboard contains almost all the keys found on the physical Chrome OS keyboard in the last Dev Update.

It means I can reduce the brightness of my screen or toggle the overview mode by tapping on the corresponding system keys on the Virtual Keyboard. All of them are not yet functional though since the chromium team is still working on it.

If you want to play with it, you'll have to enable the chrome://flags/#enable-virtual-keyboard flag first and focus a password field for now like I did below.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/26258003
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Keyboard's feels a bit ugly and asymettrical
 
Could be good for a chrome OS tablet
 
Should be good for those Chromebox users that use a non-ChomeOS keyboard to access those special ChromeOS key.  For example, my Apple keyboard just won't allow me to go full screen no matter what key combo I try.
 
Quite enjoyable to read your posts to know how chromeos is coming to its shape. Great job and best luck! 
 
+James Walker, i hope all this work going into the virtual keyboard is for an upcoming chrome tablet/detachable.  otherwise, it seems kinda silly to put system keys on an onscreen keyboard if there's already an existing physical keyboard.  i have a hard time imagining people are going to poke at a vertical monitor over choosing to use a real keyboard.
 
+Robb Weeks well there is the web kiosk use case, and other embedded solutions, but I hope and think that there is more to this than that.
 
Any idea when the keyboard will only appear if you touch a text field and not click it? (I'm assuming the chromium team is working/planning to work on that)
 
Can you switch to the german Neo2 layout? 
 
This full keyboard is mostly intended as an accessibility feature.
 
I really thought I heard in the last couple weeks that this was abandoned. Guess not.
 
imho the ui for that keyboard is ugly as shit. hope they spiff it up a bit as they continue working on it.
 
I'd also love a Chrome OS tablet, and all the tech is ready for it, but I'm afraid that wouldn't make any sense for Google to push such a direct competition against its own Android.
 
+Johann Dirry  We are working on IME and multi-layout support, so German Neo2 is coming, but not for a little bit. :)
 
+Steve Truong so just the German QWERTZ till then... good to know that its at least planned :) 
 
I wonder if this means there's a smartphone/tablet version of Chrome OS (based on the Android/iOS version of Chrome proper) is in the works...
 
et bien un chrome os pour pc ne serais pas du luxe !
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I just  got a Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook so I could work with a Touch Chromebook and also emulate what a Chrome OS tablet might be like. The existing OSK is a good start; having all the Chrome OS keys for instance, is great, but if the keyboard is going to be anything more than a very secondary input mode then it's going to need to adopt swipeability from Android or some other method of input acceleration. Keying in more than a few keystrokes on the current OSK is downright painful and I'm always reverting to standard notebook mode so I can use the physical keyboard.  The OSK also needs to be able to be set to automatically toggle depending on mode. Going deep into settings every time the OSK needs to be enabled or disabled is very frustrating and leaving it on, where it obliterates half the screen every time you move the cursor into an input field, is sanity-endangering.
 
+Joe Ellett:

The Lenovo Chromebook Yoga 11e should automatically deploy a simplified, touch-friendly on-screen keyboard when you've flipped the screen around.

You shouldn't have to manually turn on the on-screen keyboard described in this article. In fact, that OSK is really meant to be an accessibility tool for users with motor skill impairments.
 
Hmmm, I'm missing something then... no OSK in tent mode. Will go explore further now that I know something should be there.
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