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Change the Keyboard Settings on Your Computer

This page explains step-by-step how to change the keyboard settings in Windows 7. Filter Keys provides you with the ability to control the pace of repeated keystrokes and to slow down the acceptance of keystrokes (if required), helping you to avoid accidental keystrokes.


Set up Filter Keys

Step 1: Turn on Filter Keys

Open the "Ease of Access Center" window by pressing the Windows key+U, or by clicking the "Start" button, followed by "Control Panel," then "Ease of Access," then "Ease of Access Center."

Under the "Explore all settings" header, click on "Make the keyboard easier to use" or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter.

Under the "Make it easier to type" header, tick the box next to "Turn on Filter Keys" by clicking on it or by pressing Alt+I.

Step 2: Customize Filter Keys

To customize your settings, click on "Set up Filter Keys," or press Alt+L, to open the "Set up Filter Keys" window (fig. 1).

fig. 1

filter-keys

The box next to "Turn on Filter Keys" should be ticked. If it is not, click on it or press Alt+L to tick it.

To use the keyboard shortcut to turn Filter Keys on and off, tick the box next to "Turn on Filter Keys when right SHIFT is held down for 8 seconds" or press Alt+K to tick the box.

If you want the additional features listed, tick the box next to "Display a warning message when turning a setting on" or press Alt+M. Then tick the box next to "Make a sound when turning a setting on or off" or press Alt+A.

Step 3: Turn on Bounce Keys

Bounce Keys prevents a keystroke being recorded should your finger accidently repeatedly touch a key on the keyboard. To turn this function on, click the radio button next to "Turn on Bounce Keys" or press Alt+B, as shown in fig. 2.

You can set the time that a key has to be held down before it is recorded by clicking on the drop-down button and selecting a time limit or pressing Tab until it is highlighted and using the up and down arrow keys.

fig. 2

bounce-keys

Step 4: Turn on Repeat Keys and Slow Keys

To prevent brief keystrokes from being recorded, click the radio button next to "Turn on Repeat Keys and Slow Keys," or press Alt+R.

fig. 3

repeat-keys

Step 5: Further options

If you want to hear a sound when keystrokes are accepted, tick the box next to "Beep when keys are pressed or accepted," shown in fig. 4, or press Alt+W to tick it.

fig. 4

other-settings

If you want a reminder that Filter Keys is on, tick the box next to "Display the Filter Key icon on the taskbar," or press Alt+I to tick it.

Click the "OK" button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to save your changes.