Steam Deck: How To Get Keyboard In Desktop Mode

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Steam Deck: How To Get Keyboard In Desktop Mode

Struggling to get the Steam Deck keyboard in Desktop Mode? We've got you covered!

Valve's portable Steam Deck console is designed to play PC games wherever you are without having to carry all your peripherals around. The touchpads eliminate the need for a mouse, but what about the keyboard? At some point, you're going to need to type something.


Well, there is a keyboard on Steam Deck but not everyone knows how to summon it. So today, we will show you how to bring up the keyboard in Steam Deck Desktop Mode.

How To Get The Keyboard On The Steam Deck In Desktop Mode

Steam Deck has a virtual on-screen keyboard which can be accessed by pressing STEAM + X keys. When you are done typing, you can close it by pressing the same keys (i.e. STEAM + X).

The keyboard works in both the standard SteamOS layout and in Desktop Mode. However, it works in Desktop Mode only if Steam is running. That means if you are offline or the Steam servers are down, the keyboard will not work.


It is a bit disappointing that you cannot access the keyboard without Steam running. We can hope that in the future Valve will add the ability to use the virtual keyboard without having to run the Steam client.

Steam Deck Desktop Mode Keyboard Not Working?

As we mentioned in the previous section, the Steam Deck keyboard works in Desktop Mode only if the Steam app is running. If the Steam Deck desktop mode keyboard is not working for you, it is probably because your device is not connected to the Steam server via the Steam app.


To resolve the issue, first, make sure you are connected to the Internet. If you are online, then check whether the Steam servers are up and running. In case the steam servers are done, you may need to plug in a physical keyboard to do your thing.

Before you leave, have a look at how to fix the Steam Deck controller not working issue and how to change the Steam Deck controller order.