Customizing your keyboard settings helps you work better and more efficiently. By customizing the settings, you can determine how long you must press a key before the keyboard character starts repeating, the speed at which keyboard characters repeat, and the rate at which the cursor blinks.

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To change the delay before keyboard characters repeat

  1. Open Keyboard Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type keyboard, and then click Keyboard.

  2. Under Character repeat, move the Repeat delay slider to the left or right to increase or decrease how long you must hold down a key before the keyboard character repeats, and then click OK.

To change the speed at which keyboard characters repeat

  1. Open Keyboard Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type keyboard, and then click Keyboard.

  2. Under Character repeat, move the Repeat rate slider to the left to make keyboard characters repeat more slowly, or move it to the right to make them repeat more quickly, and then click OK.

To change the cursor blink rate

  1. Open Keyboard Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type keyboard, and then click Keyboard.

  2. Move the Cursor blink rate slider to the right or left to increase or decrease the cursor blink speed, and then click OK. If you move the slider all the way to the left, the cursor will stop blinking.