Somehow, I activated the on-screen keyboard (Onboard) in the unlock screen and I can't deactivate it now. I've restarted the computer, but it's still there in the unlock screen.

How can I deactivate the on-screen keyboard in the unlock screen?


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GUI method

Search for Onboard settings from the gnome-shell overview.

Under General tab and Desktop integration heading, uncheck the option Show Onboard when unlocking the screen.

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Command-line method

Thanks to fossfreedom's answer to a similar question

Run the following command in a terminal:

gsettings set apps.onboard xembed-onboard false

If the above is not working, try this one:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver embedded-keyboard-enabled false

worked for me (Ubuntu 12.04).

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    Thanks. This is what I was looking for. I'm not sure how I activated these settings in the first place though.
    – apdnu
    Nov 30, 2011 at 17:02
  • It's also happens to me, and I did a bug report. Please, go to this link bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/986843 and tick in the green text "is this bug affecting you?" to indicate that it also happens to you. Thank you =) Apr 22, 2012 at 13:01
  • Note that this isn't specific to Gnome Shell. I was bitten by this bug in Unity. May 2, 2012 at 8:36
  • Scott Severance: Ok, I take into account in the bug report =) thank you. May 2, 2012 at 17:45

In the Dash, open Onboard Settings.

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Unmark Show Onboard when unlocking the screen.

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On login page of ubuntu, click human icon on top bar then un check onscreen keyboard.

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