First of all, I want to give you an example to describe you the problem: All the time I want to use the Voicemessage option from Markcortbass' App 'WebWhatsapp', the OnScreen keyboard appears on the screen and I can't record. In this case Ubuntu Touch seems to recognize the text field on the left side and switches into the typing mode. To avoid this, I must connect a physical keyboard to my device. That's annoying. That might not be a bug from Markcortbass because the code of the Whatsapp Web is owned by Whatsapp itself and not manipulatable. However, now to my general question: Is there a way to temporaryly disable the OnScreen keyboard when there's no physical keyboard connected? E.g. a launcher or a small app running in background and suppressing the OnScreen keyboard? Thanks in advice!

  • Is dragging the on-screen keyboard down the screen not useful? – pomsky Aug 3 '16 at 16:58
  • No, sorry. It comes again and again. :( – Bjarne Roß Aug 3 '16 at 18:01

Bjarne, I found this bug description, where Michael Zanetti suggests this command for analyzing of one situation:

gsettings get com.canonical.keyboard.maliit stay-hidden

so, I think this should work:

gsettings set com.canonical.keyboard.maliit stay-hidden true
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  • Very nice, thanks! I should create a launcher for switching this property. – Bjarne Roß Nov 5 '16 at 10:49
  • I've tested this method from ssh terminal, it works for me. Do you know how to do such launcher? – Vladimir Nov 5 '16 at 11:41
  • I already created one toggling between true and false. It's primitive, but it's working. – Bjarne Roß Nov 5 '16 at 11:45

Create a bash file and paste this:



STATUS=$(gsettings get ${SCHEMA} ${KEY})

if [ ${STATUS} == true ]; then
    gsettings set ${SCHEMA} ${KEY} false
    gsettings set ${SCHEMA} ${KEY} true

Important: Make the bash file executable (chmod +x)! Then create a launcher (.desktop file) in ~/.local/share/applications and paste this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=OnScreen Keyboard Toggle

The launcher appears on the App scope of your Ubuntu Touch Device. When you tab on it, it opens for a few seconds and gets closed. In this time the maliit keyboard has been toggled. Tab again to toggle back.

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