Changing keyboard settings

Step-by-step instructions on how to change repeat and delay rates on your keyboard and use Slow Keys

Instructions

The keyboard control panel

The Mac OS keyboard control panel can be used to set the ' Key Repeat Rate ' and the ' Delay Until Repeat ' settings.

  1. Click on the ' Apple ' menu (no keyboard shortcut).
  2. From the ' Control Panels ' sub menu click on ' Keyboard ' which brings up the window as shown in see Fig 1 (no keyboard shortcut).

Keyboard Control Panel
Fig 1

  1. In the ' Key Repeat ' section adjust the ' Key Repeat Rate ' and ' Delay Until Repeat ' sliders by clicking on them with the mouse (no keyboard shortcut).
  2. Close the ' Keyboard ' control panel by clicking on the 'close' button with the mouse or press ' Apple ' + ' W '.

Note: The ' Delay Until Repeat ' setting adjusts the delay before a key starts repeating when it is held down. The ' Key Repeat Rate ' setting adjusts the rate at which a key repeats when it is held down.

The Easy Access control panel

The optional Mac OS Easy Access control panel can be used to turn ' Slow Keys ' on or off.

If it is not installed on your computer it can be found on the Mac OS CD-Rom: at CD Extras: Universal Access: Easy Access or download from the web

If you do not have access to the Mac OS CD-Rom it is available on the web at:
Apple Macintosh Software Toolkit

Slow Keys

' Slow Keys ' enables you to tune the amount of time the computer waits, whilst you are holding a key down, before it accepts it. This means that you can press hundreds of keys by accident without the computer processing a single one, until it is held down for a specific length of time. To adjust the setting for ' Slow Keys ' :

  1. Click on the ' Apple ' menu (no keyboard shortcut).
  2. From the ' Control Panels ' sub menu click on ' Easy Access ' which brings up the window as shown in Fig 2 (no keyboard shortcut).
  3. Turn ' Slow Keys ' on in the ' Easy Access ' control panel by clicking the ' On' radio button next to Slow Keys: ' or press and hold down the ' Enter' key until you hear a soft beep, keep it held down until you hear an ascending (turning on) or descending (turning off) sound.
  4. you can adjust the ' Acceptance delay ' by clicking on one of five radio buttons next ' Acceptance delay: ' to as shown in Fig 2 (no keyboard shortcut).

Mouse Slow Keys option in the Easy Access panel
Fig 2

  1. To hear a sound when a key is pressed click the checkbox next to ' Use key click sound ' (no keyboard shortcut).

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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