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Archived - Mac OS X: How to set keyboard key repeat rate

You can set the key repeat rate if characters are typed too fast or too slow when you press their keys on the keyboard.
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If you hold down a character key briefly, the character begins to repeat. You can set how long you must hold down the key before the character starts repeating and how fast it repeats once it starts.

To set how fast characters repeat, open System Preferences and click Keyboard, then click the Repeat Rate tab. You can press a key to see how the settings work.
Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
  • Last Modified: Feb 19, 2012
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