The Keyboard tool offers three tabs that govern its behavior:

Speed tab

On a PC, every key repeats if you press it long enough, making it easy to type XXXXX or Yippeeeee! You control this behavior like this:

  • Repeat delay. Determines how long a key has to be held down before it starts repeating. The difference between the Long and Short settings is about a second.

  • Repeat rate. Determines how fast a key repeats once it starts. Click the practice area to test this and the delay setting.

  • Cursor blink rate. This slider governs the blinking rate of the insertion point when you're editing text. A blink rate that's too slow makes it more difficult to find your insertion point in a window filled with data. A blink rate that's too fast can be distracting. The blinking cursor on the left demonstrates the setting.

Input Locales

The symbols you use when you're typing Swedish aren't the same as when you're typing English. Microsoft solved this problem by creating different keyboard layouts, one for each language. Each keyboard layout rearranges the letters that appear when you press the keys. For example, when you use the Swedish layout and press the semicolon key, you don't get a semicolon (;)—you get an ö.

As shown in Figure 8-14, you use this tab to add new layouts if you frequently type in different languages or use different keyboards. A special icon—a blue square bearing a two-letter country code—will appear on your Taskbar tray, a useful reminder as to why your typing is producing ...

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