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Windows 8 virtual keyboard for pin based unlock

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    codedj

    If you choose to unlock using a pin, Windows 8 displays a keypad. Does anyone know what the bottom left icon is on the pin keypad. It looks like a brightness icon but doesn't do anything.

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    JohnAskew

    http://windo8.blogspot.com/2011/09/windows-8-virtual-keyboard.html

    which layout?

    the button with the ellipse?    (...)

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    kettch

    I don't have a screenshot, but on the pin entry keypad, the button in the lower left corner serves the same purpose as the "Hide keypress" button on the full keyboard. The default behavior when entering a pin or password is to give visible feedback when you tap a key. That extra key toggles the feedback off, so the only indication that you've hit a key is another dot in the password box. I guess it's to cut down the usefullness of looking over somebody's shoulder as they're logging in.

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    spivonious

    , JohnAskew wrote

    the button with the ellipse?    (...)

    ellipsis

    </grammar police>

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    dahat

    @kettch:That option also exists on the full keyboard when entering a password.

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    codedj

    Thanks @kettch. I wasn't paying close attention so didn't see a difference. Your explanation however makes sense.

    @JohnAskew I tried to search for a screenshot but could not find any. It is not shown in the link you have provided. When you choose a pin and use that as your login, you see a virtual keyboard layout that only has numbers. The bottom left corner button has a rectangular bulb like icon that you can toggle. As @kettch said it represents key feedback.

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