Adjust the character repeat rate

If you'd like to adjust the speed that characters repeat on your keyboard, you can change both the repeat delay (amount of time that elapses before a character repeats when you hold down a key), and the repeat rate (the speed at which a character repeats when you hold down a key).

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To adjust character repeat rate using your mouse

  1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, click Switch to Classic View in the left pane of Control Panel.

  3. Click Keyboard to open the Keyboard Properties dialog box. On the Speed tab, go to the Character Repeat box. Select Repeat delay and Repeat rate values by moving the slider arrow right or left.

  4. Click OK, and then click the Close button to close Control Panel.

To adjust character repeat rate using your keyboard

  1. Display the Start menu by pressing Ctrl+Esc (or the Windows logo key). Then open Control Panel by pressing C.

  2. In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, go to the left pane of Control Panel and open Switch to Classic View by pressing Tab and then Enter. Press the arrow keys to move to Keyboard, and then press Enter.

  3. In the Keyboard Properties dialog box, on the Speed tab, you'll find the Character Repeat box. Move to the Repeat delay slider by pressing D. Select the speed you want by moving the slider arrow with the Right Arrow and Left Arrow keys. Move to the Repeat rate slider by pressing R. Select the speed you want by moving the slider arrow with the Right Arrow and Left Arrow keys. Then press Enter.

  4. Close Control Panel by pressing Alt+F, C.