Asus Transformer tablet provides a dock with a hardware keyboard. I can not find information on showing the virtual (on-screen) keyboard while being docked. Is it possible? It is Android 3.2.1.

  • Out of curiosity, what's your use case for this? It seems like it wouldn't really provide any benefit (irrespective of whether or not it's even possible). Feb 2, 2012 at 16:56
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    Believe it or not, but Connectbot ssh client does not provide a way to press '@' or '$' from the physical keyboard! At the same time, the virtual keyboard does not provide arrows. Both arrows and dollars are needed for a lot of console work. Feb 3, 2012 at 17:39
  • Interesting. It seems rather odd for those characters to be unavailable with the hardware keyboard. Feb 3, 2012 at 17:46
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    Actually, regarding your second comment about the virtual keyboard lacking arrows: have you tried Hacker's Keyboard? It's not an answer to this question, but it could be a reasonable stopgap for you perhaps (don't know how it interacts with Connectbot specifically, though). Feb 3, 2012 at 18:21
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    There is a modified version of connectbot that fixes the shift-number problem and some others: github.com/lorantkurthy/connectbot
    – Chris J
    Feb 3, 2012 at 18:45

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It's simple: when the hardware keyboard is attached, the tray (lower right of screen) has a keyboard icon. Click it and the top option is use hardware keyboard on/off.

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