How to Set Up Keyboard Repeat Rates on Your Computer

By Nancy C. Muir

You can set up keyboard repeat rates on your computer. Adjusting keyboard settings might make it easier for people with dexterity challenges to type. Just follow these simple steps.

  1. To see keyboard options, enter Keyboard settings in Cortana’s search field and then press Enter.
  2. In the Keyboard Properties dialog box that appears, click the Speed tab and drag the sliders to adjust the two Character Repeat settings, which do the following:
    • Repeat Delay: Affects the amount of time it takes before a typed character is typed again when you hold down a key.
    • Repeat Rate: Adjusts how quickly a character repeats when you hold down a key after the first repeat character appears.

      If you want to see how the Character Repeat settings work in action, click in the text box below the two settings and hold down a key to see a demonstration.

  3. Drag the slider in the Cursor Blink Rate section.

    This affects cursors, such as the insertion line that appears in text.

  4. Click OK to save and apply changes and close the dialog box.

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If you have trouble with motion (for example, because of arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome), you might find that you can adjust these settings to make it easier for you to get your work done. For example, if you can’t pick up your finger quickly from a key, a slower repeat rate might save you from typing more instances of a character than you’d intended.