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Configuring the Keyboard

A keyboard should just work with no adjustments; but you can use Control Panel’s Keyboard utility to change some settings.

To configure the keyboard:

1.
In Control Panel, choose Printers and Other Hardware > Keyboard.

2.
On the Speed tab (Figure 4.37), update the following settings:

Figure 4.37. If you type rapidly, drag the Character Repeat sliders to the right to make your keyboard more responsive.


Repeat Delay controls the amount of time that elapses before a character begins to repeat when you hold down a key.

Repeat Rate adjusts how quickly a character repeats when you hold down a key.

Cursor Blink Rate controls the blink rate of the text cursor. To stop it from blinking, set this to None.

3.
Click OK (or Apply).

Tips

  • Fancy keyboards with dedicated buttons and controls include their own driver software. Installing these drivers adds new options and may modify some keyboard defaults.

  • The Hardware tab (Figure 4.38) provides access to the Properties dialog box, which is the same as the one in Device Manager.

    Figure 4.38. Keyboard malfunctions are rare, but the keyboard has its own Troubleshoot button to connect to Help and Support Center.

  • To adjust the keyboard for mobility impairments, see “Accommodating Disabled Users” later in this chapter.

  • For an international keyboard layout, see “Localizing Your System” later in this chapter.


To access the keyboard’s device driver:

1.
In Control Panel, choose Performance and Maintenance > System > Hardware tab > Device Manager.

2.
Double-click Keyboards; then double-click the name of the keyboard (Figure 4.39).

Figure 4.39. The keyboard installs a driver and claims system resources, like any other device.


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