For Seniors: Adjust a Laptop's Keyboard Repeat Rates
Laptop keyboards are often difficult to type on. Windows 7 lets you modify how you interact with your keyboard, making it easier to avoid problems such as accidental or multiple keypresses. If you have trouble with dexterity because of arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, you might find that adjusting the keyboard settings makes it easier for you to get your work done.
To fine tune how keypresses are reacted to, turn on the Filter Keys option through the Ease of Access Center.
If you can’t pick up your finger quickly from a key, for example, a slower repeat rate might save you from typing more instances of a character than you’d intended. This is especially helpful for laptops with smaller keyboards, such as netbooks. Also, if needed, you can also adjust the blink rate of the text cursor, making it a bit easier to locate it within a bunch of text.
Choose Start→Control Panel→Keyboard.
The Keyboard Properties dialog box appears.
To affect the amount of time it takes before a typed character is typed again when you hold down a key, drag the Repeat Delay slider.
To adjust how quickly a character repeats when you hold down a key after the first repeat character appears, drag the Repeat Rate slider.
If you want to see how the Character Repeat rate settings work in action, click in the text box below the two settings and hold down a key to see a demonstration.
To make the blinking text cursor easier to locate onscreen, drag the Cursor Blink Rate slider.
Click OK to save and apply changes and close the dialog box.
Click the Close button to close the Control Panel window.