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Chapter 4. Keys & the Keyboard > Keyboard Repeat Rate

Keyboard Repeat Rate

You can control a couple of features on your keyboad through the Keyboard system preferences. To get the “pane” shown below, click once on the System Preferences icon (shown to the left) that you’ll find in the Dock. Then click once on the Keyboard icon (also shown to the left).


In the Dock, click once on this icon to open System Preferences.



In the System Preferences pane, click once on this icon.


Every key on the Macintosh keyboard will repeat, meaning if you hold the key down it will continue typing that character across the page. In the Keyboard pane, shown below, the Key Repeat Rate lets you control just how fast that key repeats across the page—drag the marker left or right.

The Delay Until Repeat options, either “Off” or between “Long” and “Short,” give you control over how long you can hold your finger on a key before it starts to repeat. This is wonderful if you’re heavy on the keys—set it for a long delay so even if your fingers plod along on the keys, you won’t end up with extra characters all over the page. If you drag over to “Off,” the keys will not repeat at all, no matter how long you hold them down.


Use this pane to see how your settings affect your typing—just type and it will replace the text in “Type here to test settings.”


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