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Continued: Alexander: She can text from an iPad, but only to a limited audience

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 19, 2013 - 4:52 PM

A: There are a couple of adjustments to try.

Make sure you haven’t accidentally activated a special Windows program for people with disabilities. Called “slow keys,” it allows the user to specify how long a key must be depressed before it registers on the screen. It can be set for as long as two seconds. Go to Start, then Control Panel, then click on “Ease of Access Center.” Click on “Make the keyboard easier to use.” Make sure the box next to “Turn on filter keys” is unchecked. Click OK.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, try adjusting Windows control for the rate at which keystrokes, particularly duplicate keystrokes, show up on the PC screen. Go to Start, then click on Control Panel and choose Keyboard. Under the Speed tab, you’ll find two slider controls, one for repeat delay (move it to the right for a shorter delay when you hit the same key twice in a row) and repeat rate (slide it to the right to speed up the rate at which the next character in a sequence appears on the screen.)

 

E-mail tech questions to steve.j.alexander@gmail.com or write to Tech Q&A, 425 ­Portland Av. S., ­Minneapolis, MN 55488. Include name, city and telephone number.

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