How To Change The Settings So That The Keyboard Is More Accessible Or Can Be Used On-Screen.
There are a number of ways you can adapt your computer to make it easier to use the keyboard. These guides explain how to customise your operating system (Windows or Mac ), so that you can use the keyboard with one hand, for instance, or minimise accidental keystrokes. You can also set up the on-screen keyboard and learn shortcuts and other tricks to reduce the amount of typing you need to do.
There are a number of ways to do this…
- Change the keyboard settings on your computer
Change the settings in your operating system to control the pace of repeated keystrokes and avoid accidental keystrokes.
- Windows 7
- Mac OS X
How To Change The Keyboard Settings In Windows 7
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.
Note: The ‘Ease of Access Center’ has replaced ‘Accessibility Options’ (which was used in earlier versions of Windows) in the ‘Control Panel’ of Windows 7.
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 customise your settings, click on ‘Set up Filter Keys‘, or press Alt + L, to open the ‘Set up Filter Keys’ window (Fig 1).
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 accidentally 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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