Change keyboard settings

There are a few different ways to make the keyboard easier to use. Using keyboard shortcuts is quick and convenient. For more info, see Keyboard shortcuts. If you have a touch PC you can type without an external keyboard. For more info, see How to use the touch keyboard. Another way to customize your experience is through keyboard settings.

To change the keyboard settings

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
  • In the search box, enter Change how your keyboard works, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Change how your keyboard works.
  • Select the options that you want to use:
  • Turn on Mouse Keys. If using a mouse is awkward or hard to use, you can turn on Mouse Keys so you don’t need to use the mouse. Instead, you can use the numeric keypad or the arrow keys on your keyboard to move the pointer. For more info, see Use the numeric keypad to move the mouse pointer.
  • Turn on Sticky Keys. With Sticky Keys turned on, you won’t have to press complicated key combos. For example, instead of pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time, you can press keys one at a time.
  • Turn on Toggle Keys. Toggle Keys play a notification each time you press the Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock keys. These notifications can help prevent the frustration of inadvertently pressing a key and not realizing it.
  • Turn on Filter Keys. When you turn on Filter Keys, Windows ignores when you press the same key rapidly or when you press keys for several seconds unintentionally.
  • Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys. This option highlights the access keys for the controls in dialog boxes so you can move around quickly. For more info, see Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen. With this option, you can prevent windows from being automatically resized or docked.


  • To change the width of the blinking cursor, click Search, Settings, type "Change the width of the blinking cursor."
  • If you prefer to use your PC without using a keyboard, try using On-Screen Keyboard, a tool that lets you enter text by selecting characters on the screen. For more info, see Use the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) to type.
  • If you're looking for new ways to use a mouse and keyboard, see Mouse and keyboard: What’s new in Windows.
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