How to Turn Off the Pop-Up Keyboard on Windows Mobile

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How to Turn Off the Pop-Up Keyboard on Windows Mobile
Disable the virtual keyboard and regain valuable screen real estate. (smart phone image by Jon Le-Bon from

The Windows Mobile virtual keyboard allows for text entry using an onscreen touch keyboard. This software input panel (SIP) often becomes both a useful tool and a nuisance. Browsing web pages on a tiny screen is hard enough without a keyboard popping up and blocking part of the view. You can permanently disable the keyboard for all applications using a third-party registry editor, or simply turn off the keyboard in Internet Explorer by changing one option setting.

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  1. 1

    Download and install a registry editor compatible with your Windows Mobile device. Always download from a reputable source. Mobile Registry Editor v1.11 and Kilmist Registry Editor 2.5 are available for free.

  2. 2

    Use the registry editor to locate the following registry key: "HKEY_Current_User\ControlPanel\Sip\AllowChange."

  3. 3

    Right-click the registry key and click "Modify."

  4. 4

    Change the value to "0" from "1" in the "Value Data" text box. The "0" indicates the keyboard has been disabled, whereas a value of "1" indicates the keyboard is on.

  5. 5

    Save and close the registry editor.

  6. 6

    Perform a device soft reset by following device manufacturer's instructions.

  1. 1

    Click "Start," followed "Control Panel" and then "Internet Options."

  2. 2

    Click the "Select" tab.

  3. 3

    Scroll to the "Browsing" section and check "Disable Automatic SIP."

Tips and warnings

  • Always use caution when performing a registry edit. Incorrect modifications may harm the device.

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