How to Enable or Disable Repeat Keys in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to disable or enable Repeat Keys in Ubuntu Linux.

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

If you cannot lift your fingers off the keyboard quickly enough, this can result in unintentionally repeated characters. Repeat Keys lets you adjust the repeat rate or disable it altogether.

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

Below is how to adjust repeat key rate or disable it in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn on or off repeat key in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, RepeatKeys lets you adjust the repeat rate or disable it altogether if you cannot lift your fingers off the keyboard quickly enough.

Below is how to manage or disable it in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

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In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Typing, select Repeat Keys highlighted below.

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On the Repeat Keys window, toggle the Repeat Keys button to the On position to enable.

To disable, simply toggle the button to the Off position.

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

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That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable repeat keys in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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