Helpdesk challenge – How to speed up or slow down a keyboard

If your keyboard responds too slowly, or even too quickly, it can turn the simplest of typing tasks into a misery. Fortunately, it’s easy to adjust the response speed of your keyboard.

When you’re tapping away at a keyboard you’d hope to see the words on your screen appearing at a steady speed. But it’s not uncommon for keyboard response times to lag behind the typing skills of faster writers, or to outpace those needing more time to adjust to learning a new keyboard.

Which? Computing reader Euan Allen contacted our Computing Helpdesk after buying a new keyboard which he found much faster than the older one he was used to.

Our Helpdesk was happy to respond with a simple solution that can also be used by anyone finding their keyboard too sluggish.

How to change your keyboard speed

Follow this file path to adjust your keyboard speed

Start >

Control Panel >

Hardware >

Keyboard Properties

Under Keyboard Properties you will find values for Repeat delay and Repeat wait. If your keyboard is too fast, modify these to long and slow. If it’s too quick, modify these towards short and fast.

How to adjust your keyboard's speed

The keyboard properties setting adjusts your keyboard’s speed

More on this…

  • Which? Computing get your free trial and get free access to the dedicated problem solving team on the Which? Computing Helpdesk.
  • Which? Local has thousands of recommendations for tried-and-tested local computer repair services
  • Which? laptop reviews help you find Best Buy laptops for all budgets

9 replies

  1. well lets see if the keyboard can keep up after the changes, yep it is doing very well I just bought this new laptop and had to get deep into the control system to adjust the response time on key strokes. it gets very annoying to have a better response in my old computer than the new ones. but it worked.

Create account

You can leave a reply without having a WordPress account, but if you do register you can upload an avatar. A WordPress account is not connected to your Which? login and cannot be used to login to or any other Which? services.

Sign up