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The keyboard repeat rate can be configured in the Control Panel, but it usually can't be turned off there. I'll show you where to turn off keyboard repeat.
I recently introduced my 86-year-old father to computing. He uses Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. He keeps asking me to turn the keyboard repeat off. I have set it to the slowest setting possible. Still, with arthritic hands, he keeps getting repeat letters where he doesn't want them and has a hard time editing his mail. Is there a feasible way to TURN OFF KEYBOARD REPEAT COMPLETELY? Your help is really appreciated as all of the computer 'experts' that I have asked do not have a solution and I haven't been able to find an answer on the internet.
This took a little head-scratching on my part.
In fact, I'd almost written it off completely as not being possible and had written up a response to that effect.
Then, a word popped into my head that sent me looking in a much more productive place.
That word? "Accessibility".
Over the years, Windows has improved what's termed its "accessibility" - meaning the ability of Windows to support people with various impairments.
The most common that we might think of is impaired eyesight or blindness. But the accessibility features cover a wide range of settings and devices that can be of use for many different types of impairments.
Or accessibility features can be used simply as a convenience for those who might prefer that Windows do things a little differently.
Like have the ability to turn off keyboard repeat.
I'm going to take you through the steps to directly turn off the keyboard repeat function, but I'd encourage you to explore a little either during or after the somewhat lengthy step-by-step procedure. As I said, there are a host of settings here that might make your computer easier to use.
And "ease of use" is exactly where this journey begins.
Click the Start button/orb, then All Programs, Accessories, and then Ease of Access:
That'll expose the Ease of Access Center link; click that:
Which brings up the Ease of Access Center:
Scroll down to find the Make the keyboard easier to use link and click that:
Near the bottom of the resulting dialog, click Set up Filter Keys:
Near the bottom of that, click Setup Repeat Keys and Slow Keys:
Finally, the dialog with the settings that we want appears:
There are two settings that I would change here.
First, the obvious: make sure Ignore all repeated keystrokes is selected:
This turns the keyboard repeat off.
One more setting seems to come with this that I'll recommend that you also change:
The Avoid accidental keystrokes setting apparently defaults to something other than zero, which adds a delay before a key press is even recognized. Setting this to zero makes the net effect of what we've done to turn off keyboard repeat and only turn off keyboard repeat.
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