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Configuring the Keyboard

A keyboard should just work after you plug it in, with no adjustments in software. You can use Control Panel’s Keyboard utility to change some settings after installation.

To configure the keyboard

1.
Choose Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Keyboard.

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

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 (insertion point). To stop the cursor from blinking, set the blink rate to None.

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


3.
Click OK (or Apply).

✓ Tips

  • Fancy keyboards with buttons for CD players and web browsers come with their own driver software. Installing these drivers adds new options and can change some default keyboard settings.

  • 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.

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


To access the keyboard’s device driver

1.
Choose Start > Control Panel > 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. See also “Managing Device Drivers” in Chapter 8.


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