Having characters appearing on the screen seconds after you press them on the keyboard can slow you down and reduce your productivity. Input on Windows devices is out of sync due to many factors. A slow computer, bad USB ports, outdated keyboard drivers, and misconfigured keyboard settings are some of the causes of keyboard lag.
Let’s examine ten troubleshooting steps that can fix keyboard lag when typing. p>
Close unused apps
Your keyboard response time may be slower if your computer is running slowly. More specifically, when the core system resources (CPU and / or RAM) are running low. Close unused applications and see if this improves keyboard input speed.
You can also use this guide to speed up Windows to learn why your PC is slowing down and how to fix performance issues.
Troubleshooting keyboard connection
If you are using a cable If you are using an external keyboard, make sure the cable is securely connected to the USB port on your PC. Pull the plug out of the socket and plug it back into the port or switch the keyboard to another USB port. You can also use the keyboard on another computer. If the typing delay persists, the keyboard is likely to be defective.
Other USB accessories can also interfere with your keyboard connection and cause delays. Unplug other USB devices connected to your PC and see if that fixes write speed delays.
For wireless keyboards, make sure the USB receiver / dongle is properly connected to your computer. If you plugged it into a USB hub, plug it directly into your computer. Also, check that the keyboard battery is not low. Otherwise, plug the keyboard into a power source or replace the batteries.
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Also, make sure the keyboard is close to the dongle / receiver or your computer. This also applies to bluetooth keyboards. Using a wireless keyboard several meters away from your PC may introduce an entry delay.
Deactivate filter buttons
Do you often press a key several times before your PC receives input? Does your computer not register keystrokes when you press a key briefly? You may have accidentally activated “Filter Key”. Holding down the right shift key for 8 seconds activates the feature. Filter keys prevent unwanted keystrokes by reducing the keystroke speed.
Microsoft developed the filter key feature to make it easier for users with neurological disabilities such as hand tremors or stiffness to type. If Filter Keys are active on your computer, turn it off and see if this normalizes the keyboard’s responsiveness.
- Open the Windows Settings menu and select Easy Access.
- Scroll the sidebar and select Keyboard.
- Switch off filterkeys in the keyboard settingsmenu and deactivate “Allow the key combination to start filter keys”.
Uncheck the Enable Filter Key option and click OK to save and then change it.
Run Windows Hardware Troubleshooter
Windows can sometimes fix itself depending on the nature of the problem. Windows 10 comes with a built-in troubleshooting tool that can diagnose and fix delays in typing with your PC’s keyboard. Use this tool to troubleshoot issues with a specific key or the entire keyboard.
Go to Settings & gt; Update & amp; Security & gt; Troubleshooting & gt; Keyboard and select the Troubleshoot button .
Wait for the troubleshooter to scan your computer – this may take about 1 to 5 minutes – and then follow the instructions on the next page. If the troubleshooter doesn’t find a problem with your keyboard, try the next recommendation.
Restart your computer
Close all apps and documents (so you don’t lose any unsaved changes) and restart your computer. If you’re using an external or wireless keyboard, disconnect it from your PC before restarting. Plug or reconnect the keyboard when your PC turns back on and see if that fixes the typing lag.
Update keyboard driver
Device drivers determine how the internal and external hardware components of your PC (e.g. display, keyboard, speakers, hard drives, etc.) communicate with Windows. A device can malfunction if its driver is out of date.
If your keyboard is delaying keystrokes as you type, go to Windows Device Manager and see if the keyboard driver has been updated.
<p> 1. Right-click the Start menu icon (or press Windows Key + X ) and select Device Manager .
- Expandthe Keyboards category, right-click the keyboard driver and select Update Device .
- Select Automatically check for updated driver software.
Connect your PC to the internet for the best result. Wait for Windows to finish checking and install any available driver updates. If Windows says you have the latest version of the driver, please uninstall the driver (see steps below) and try again.
Reinstall the keyboard driver
Typing can be delayed if your PC’s keyboard driver is damaged or incompatible with the keyboard. Fix this by uninstalling the driver. Windows then installs a new copy.
- Start the Device Manager, right-click the keyboard driver and select Uninstall a device.
- At the confirmation prompt, select Uninstallto continue.
- To reinstall the keyboard driver, select Actionin the Device Manager menu bar and then Scan for hardware changes.
Restarting your PC will also reinstall the keyboard driver.
Change the keyboard properties
One good thing about Windows is that it has extensive customization options. If the delay occurs when you hold down a key or press it multiple times, follow these steps to adjust the character repeat settings on your keyboard.
- Press Windows Key+ Rto launch the Windows Execution Box.
- Type or paste control keyboardin the dialog box and click OK.
- Adjust the Repeat Delay or Repetition Rate slider to correct the typing delay. Before you do that, both options mean the following:
- Repeat Delay:Describes how long you need to hold down a key before Windows repeats what you type on your screen.
- Repetition Rate:This option describes the speed at which Windows should repeat typing keyboard input when you hold down a key.
To fix the keyboard lag when typing, increase the “Repeat Rate” (from slow to fast) and shorten the “Repeat Delay” (from long to short). Note that a fast repetition rate and short repetition delay can also result in inadvertent duplication of keystrokes. Experiment with these options until you find the perfect balance.
- Click and hold any key in the blank dialog box to test the keyboard repeat rate before closing the window. Select OKto save the changes.
Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Interference
Typing on a wireless keyboard may lag behind when your wireless router is near your computer. This is because the signal from your router may interfere with the signal from the bluetooth keyboard. To prevent this from happening, you can either turn off Wi-Fi or remove your PC from the router. This fixed the problem for some Windows 10 users.
Perform a clean reboot
Several system applications (and third party providers) start automatically when you start your computer. While some of these services help your PC work, sometimes they can slow down your PC and other apps.
A clean restart will only load Windows with important apps, drivers, and programs. This can resolve the conflict and help you determine whether an app or service is responsible for the delay in typing. For more information, see this guide on How to Run a Clean Startup in Windows 10.
Check for dirt and hardware damage
In the case of dirt, dust and or other foreign material stuck under the keys. The problem could also be due to physical damage to your PC’s keyboard or memory module.
Clean the keyboard. If possible, remove your PC’s memory module and reconnect it properly. We recommend taking your computer to an authorized service center to have this done. Do not try to do this yourself, otherwise you will further damage the keyboard and other device components.
Enjoy instant input
If the keyboard lag persists, try resetting the keyboard settings to the factory defaults. You can also try performing a System Restore if the problem started after installing a new driver, operating system update, or third-party software.