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Change the Keyboard Preferences (All Windows)

These settings allow you to configure the repeat rate, blink rate and repeat delay of your keyboard.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

To set the keyboard delay create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "KeyboardDelay" and set it to either 1, 2, 3 or 4 where 0 = ¼ second , 1 = ¾ second, 2 = 1¼ seconds, 3 = 2 second delay.

To change the number of keys inserted during a repeat operation create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "KeyboardSpeed" and set it a number between 0 and 31 with 31 being the fastest repeat.

Restart Windows for the changes to take effect.

Note: People who experience seizures in response to flashing lights or patterns may have problems with the blink rate of the insertion point if it is set at a frequency above 3 to 5 times per second.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard]
Value Name: KeyboardDelay, KeyboardSpeed, CursorBlinkRate
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: September 11, 2002