Adjust long delay in keystrokes appearing due to Windows FilterKeys

Symptoms

When you try to quickly press a sequence of keys on a Microsoft wireless keyboard that is connected to a Microsoft Windows-based computer, you may experience a one to two second delay before the keystrokes appear.

Cause

This issue occurs if the Use FilterKeys check box is selected in the Accessibility Options item in Control Panel.

When you click to select the Use FilterKeys check box, your keyboard ignores brief or repeated keystrokes.

You can also adjust the keyboard repeat rate. The keyboard repeat rate is the rate at which a key repeats when you hold it down.

Resolution

To resolve this issue, click to clear the Use FilterKeys check box.

To do this on a Windows Vista-based or Windows 7-based computer, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then select Ease of Access Center.
  2. Select Change how your Keyboard works or Make the keyboard easier to use.
  3. Click to clear Turn on Filter Keys, or adjust the settings to a quicker rate.
  4. Close the Window.

    For more information about Using the Ease of Access Center, please visit the following Microsoft Web Site Choose your version of Windows, and review the Ease of Access Center training.
To do this on a Windows XP-based computer, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type access.cpl in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. On the Keyboard tab in the Accessibility Options dialog box, click to clear the Use Filter keys check box, and then click OK.

More Information

FilterKeys is a keyboard feature that instructs the keyboard to ignore brief or repeated keystrokes. When you use the FilterKeys feature, you can slow the rate at which a key repeats when you hold it down.
Properties

Article ID: 894040 - Last Review: 29 Sep 2011 - Revision: 1

Feedback