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Friday, March 30th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

Are you just starting to learn how to type? Or, how about this: Do you ever run into any difficulty when you’re typing? For instance, do you ever accidentally hold a key down for too long and suddenly, end up with a line of the same letter? (You know, something like mmmmmmm, etc). This kind of thing happens all the time, but luckily, there is a way to fix it. Want to know how? If so, read on!

To change the way Windows handles any repeated keystrokes on your keyboard, you’ll need to use the FilterKeys feature. You can find this by following the same path taken in the article entitled Caps Lock Alarm. In XP, once you’ve reached the Accessibility Options dialog box, check the box that says Use FilterKeys to activate it. Then click on the Settings button to add your own preferences to it.

In Vista and Windows 7, once you’ve arrived in the in Make the keyboard easier to use dialog box, scroll to the Make it easier to type section and click the Set up Filter Keys link to access Filter Keys settings.

In XP, you can either set the FilterKeys to Ignore repeated keystrokes or you can have it Ignore quick keystrokes and slow down the repeat rate. I personally like the first choice, but choose the one that’s going to work the best for you. Click OK twice when you’re done. In Vista and Windows 7, the choices are easy to understand, but slightly different. Now, I want you to keep in mind that the FilterKeys option may not be good for everyone, but if you’re just beginning to type, it will be a good starting point for you. When you’re more comfortable with the keyboard, you can then go in and turn it off, if that’s what you prefer. It’s all about you!

~ Erin

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