How to Change Keyboard Repeat Delay Rate Speed on Windows 10

Access keyboard properties and change keyboard speed on Windows 10

If this is what you’re looking for, you might have wondered… where the heck is it on the Windows 10 settings?

Keyboard Speed Windows

As you might have realized, Windows 10 settings doesn’t show this settings dialogue anymore. Instead, you have bunch of other useless things under settings all around keyboard settings—but none of them will help you to increase or decrease your Cursor Blink Rate, the Character Repeat such as the Repeat Delay or the Repeat Rate. And even though you type “keyboard properties” to the search console of the settings, Windows will tell you that it doesn’t know nothing about nothing:

Keyboard Properties Search in Windows

Alright, let’s solve this.

The Keyboard Properties are still there. And Windows developers made it as difficult as possible to find it. And why would they make your life miserable? Because Microsoft can!

Open the commander. To do so, Press CTRL+X and click “run”. On the run field, type cmd:

Windows Commander

 

And then, on the command window, type these magic words:

main.cpl @1

This is how it should look like:

Windows Commander Keyboard Properties

And by saying these words, the magical Keyboard Properties will appear!

I hope that helped. And if it did, don’t be shy. I appreciate any comment below.

Thank you!

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20 comments for “How to Change Keyboard Repeat Delay Rate Speed on Windows 10

  1. Oggi,
    July 6, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks so much for this, reinstalled Windows 10 today and was about to go berserk because I couldn’t find this option no longer.
    God Microsoft, get your shit together!

  2. Alvin,
    September 3, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks man! its driving me crazy after i reinstalled my win10. its one of the basic things i start tweaking after a fresh install. wasted like 15 mins hunting it down within win10 itself.

    Great share! cheers mate!

  3. Yunus,
    September 24, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Wasted 2 days for this! You are great! Thanks. You saved my day!!

  4. Neil,
    October 17, 2018 at 1:14 am

    main.cpl @1 solved my problem.

    Microsoft seems to want to take as much away from our control as possible. They have a word for that.

    Thanks. (Not the word…)

  5. Bud,
    April 25, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Much obliged!

  6. Angel,
    April 25, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Thanks, was doing my head in trying to find that setting panel. Cheers!

  7. Matti,
    June 24, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Hiding these properties from users is really annoying.
    Your advice worked like a miracle!
    Just had to enter two spaces between cpl and @1

  8. gavin coneybeer,
    July 5, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Thanks good to find someone who knows something gc

  9. Bob,
    July 6, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  10. Marek,
    July 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Thank you very much :)

  11. CyPuck,
    August 15, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Is this a permanent setting or only active during a logged in session?

  12. Anonymous,
    September 5, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    main.cpl @1

    Magic! Thx

  13. Larry,
    November 14, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you! I am only testing W10 Pro to see what has changed in the past few years, and it appears that MS has aimed W10 for most everyone except keyboard users. To even hide keyboard hardware settings from the Settings menu?? LOL! That’s crazy!

  14. November 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you. I’m fascinated by (but too lazy to research) the reason that this works.

  15. Michael Y.,
    December 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    GREAT! Thank you so much. My first few days on Win 10, have been incredibly frustrating. It is so hard to make things work as efficiently as Win 7. Microsoft seems to be trying to make every good thing they ever did be difficult in the next version.

  16. Mike M.,
    December 24, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I join the chorus of praise for this very simple, extremely effective fix. Now if we can just get the poor soulless bastards at Microsoft to let us control the color of the text highlighter…

    Thank you!

  17. Ayal,
    January 19, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you very much for your very helpful tip.

    2 things I wander:
    1. How do you know that?
    2. What the hell was Microsoft thinking?

    Regards.

  18. Tomas P.,
    April 9, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Thank you!!!!

    Very useful.

    Best regards

  19. Jerry,
    May 15, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    The command brings up the mouse properties, but nothing about the keyboard.

  20. B.,
    May 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    First time Windows 10 user here. – Thank you so much for this hint.

    Am completely baffled that Microsoft does not have these detailed ‘delay’ and ‘repeat’ settings in their new “Settings”, but only a checkbox.

    Apparently also ‘control.exe keyboard’ will work.

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