Windows Keyboard Repeat Delay Settings
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How to Change Keyboard Repeat Delay Rate Speed on Windows

Access Keyboard Properties and Change Keyboard Speed on Windows

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

  1. Plutarco Naranjo,
    February 13, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks a lot!!!!

  2. Don S.,
    December 10, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    yes yes yes it worked… THANKS SO MUCH

  3. Kelly,
    December 7, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this.
    I hate Microsoft so much for how they make my life more difficult with their Control Freak attitude.

    Thanks to Microsoft I have discovered the world of Linux and like it much better there.
    If it wasn’t for compatibility with work I would be completely on Linux.

  4. Steve Azaret,
    November 7, 2020 at 1:58 am

    Thank you, thank you! Just got a new laptop and discovered they had removed the setting. What the heck is wrong with these Windows developers? Are they just trying to make our lives miserable? Anyway, this little thing is such a big deal to me, since I am typing on my PC all day for my job. Really appreciate it…

  5. Cathy D,
    October 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    You can also click in the search box, choose Control Panel and then choose Keyboard. Alternately, click the Windows icon, scroll to Windows System, and choose Control Panel from that folder. Good luck!

  6. Kevin,
    October 12, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this guide! Have been searching for this setting for some time now


  7. hw,
    September 4, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    OMG thank you so much! Shame on windows….

  8. phil pantaleo,
    September 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    It brings me to the MS mouse and keyboard page and tells me I do not have a MS device . It does not know my computer exists.

  9. Danilo,
    July 1, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    My God!!!! Saved my life. I’ve been struggling with repeated keys for a long time. Thanks.

  10. 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.

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

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

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

    Thank you!!!!

    Very useful.

    Best regards

  13. 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?


  14. 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!

  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. November 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

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

  17. 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!

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

    main.cpl @1

    Magic! Thx

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

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

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

    Thank you very much :)

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

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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

    Thanks good to find someone who knows something gc

  23. 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

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

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

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

    Much obliged!

  26. 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…)

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

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

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