How to set the Keyboard Repeat Rate and Repeat Delay in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to set the Keyboard Repeat Rate and Repeat Delay. These terms are inter-related. When you make active, any text field or an editor and, press and hold a single character key, it will immediately type the character for the first time and will show delay until the second & later characters show-up. This is called as Keyboard Repeat Delay. The rate at which the later character show up is called the Keyboard Repeat Rate.

Change Keyboard Repeat Rate & Repeat Delay

There are two major methods to set the Keyboard Repeat Rate and Repeat Delay on Windows 10. They are as follows:

  1. Using the Keyboard Properties.
  2. Using the Registry Editor.

1] Using the Keyboard Properties

Open the Keyboard Properties by typing in control keyboard in the Run box (Win+R) and hit Enter.

Set Keyboard Repeat Rate & Repeat Delay

You can now use the slider to make the respective options of Repeat Delay and Repeat rate longer or shorter as per your preferences.

There is also a text field in the mini window to test out your preferences.

Select Apply and then select OK to save the changes.

2] Using the Registry Editor

Open the Windows 10 Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\Keyboard Response

You can now set your own values for AutoRepeatDelay and AutoRepeatRate to set the Keyboard Repeat Rate and Repeat Delay on Windows 10.

Due to obvious reasons, you cannot test out your configurations when you make use of this method.

In order to test these out, you will have to reboot your computer. After rebooting your computer, the changes that you have made will take effect.

I hope this guide helped you in order to set the Keyboard Repeat Rate and Repeat Delay on Windows 10.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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