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Snow Leopards new Keyboard Viewer hints at tablet OS

Cult of Mac's Leander Khaney is all excited about a new discovery in Snow Leopard. The new Keyboard Viewer app appears to be tailor made for a touchscreen operating system and could be the basis for an iPhone-like virtual keyboard -- on the Mac.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor on

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Cult of Mac's Leander Khaney is all excited about a new discovery in Snow Leopard. The new Keyboard Viewer app appears to be tailor made for a touchscreen operating system and could be the basis for an iPhone-like virtual keyboard -- on the Mac. At least that's how the theory goes.

Here's how to invoke it:

  • Go to System Preferences > Keyboard
  • Click the box “Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar”
  • Go to the menu bar at top right and click “Show Keyboard Viewer”

When I did it, I got the extended virtual keyboard (below) presumably because I had an Apple extended keyboard connected to my MacBook Pro at the time.

Good stuff. But then again, I love a good conspiracy.

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