How to Adjust the Speed of Repeating Characters on a Windows 11 Keyboard

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This article provides a guide on changing the keyboard character repeat rate in Windows 11, which can be done through the Control Panel or the Windows Registry Editor. The repeat rate, the speed of key repetition, can be adjusted or disabled. The Registry Editor method involves creating a ‘KeyboardSpeed’ string, with values between 0 (slow)…

This article explains how to change the keyboard character Repeat rate in Windows 11.

Most keyboards allow you to repeat a key just by holding it down. For example, when you hold down a key on your Keyboard, the letter or symbol will be repeated until you release the key.

The Repeat rate is the speed at which it repeats. Repeat rate settings let you adjust the repeat rate or disable it altogether.

Alternatively, adjust the Repeat delay slider to control how long you have to hold a key down to begin repeating it and adjust the Repeat rate slider to control how quickly the key presses repeat.

Adjust the keyboard character repeat rate via Control Panel

As described above, Windows lets you adjust or change the repeat rate for characters using the keyboard settings.

Here’s how to do that.

First, launch the Control Panel app in Windows 11.

When the Control Panel app opens, select View by: Icons to list individual icons for each setting, on the list, select Keyboard as highlighted below.

Windows Control Panel icon view keyboard
Windows Control Panel icon view keyboard

On the Speed tab in the Keyboard Properties window, under Character repeat, select the Repeat rate slider to adjust the keyboard character repeat rate.

Move the slider to the left to slow the speed and to the right to increase the speed.

Windows keyboard repeat key settings
Windows keyboard repeat key settings

Click OK to apply.

Change keyboard character repeat rate via Windows Registry Editor

Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry editor to change the keyboard character repeat rate in Windows 11.

To do that, first, 0pen the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard

If you don’t see the Keyboard folder key, right-click on the Control Panel parent key, then create the subkey (Keyboard) folder.

Windows keyboard repeat key settings change via registry
Windows keyboard repeat key settings change via registry

On the right pane of the Keyboard folder key, right-click and select New -> String Value. Type a new key named KeyboardSpeed.

Double-click the new value name (KeyboardSpeed) and enter the Value data in a number between 0 (slow) and 31 (fast).

Windows keyboard repeat key settings change via registry value data
Windows keyboard repeat key settings change via registry value data

That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the keyboard character rate in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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