How to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10

How to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10 – To operate a computer we need a keyboard which is basically a panel of keys. Windows 10 operating system brings you an opportunity to customize your keyboard settings. Well, here in this Windows 10 tips we will show you how to customize keyboard settings on Windows 10.

You can change your keyboard settings as per your choice and can work on it. You can even use the keyboard shortcuts which are meant to be very easy and convenient to carry out a task. There are lots of areas that can be explored in detail to know more about keyboard settings.

The newly arrived Windows 10 presents you two ways to customize keyboard settings. The freshly added Settings app holds an area for Keyboard that serves you with many customization options. The other way is our old hub, Control Panel. So, let us begin our journey and see how to customize keyboard settings on Windows 10.

How to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10

Way 1: Settings app

  • Click on Start and select Settings.
Settings app gear symbol in the Start Menu
  • Choose Ease of Access category.
Ease of Access symbol and category in Settings app
  • Now look at the left pane of Ease of Access and you can see many areas of settings are present. Click Keyboard.
Keyboard segment under Ease of Access category
  • The right side of the Keyboard exhibits many settings with a slider to easily handle them. So, let us see each of them separately!

On-Screen Keyboard

Turns on the On-screen keyboard: If you prefer to use the on-screen keyboard, you can turn on the toggle. When you turn on the on-screen keyboard, wait for a couple of seconds and then you can see the keyboard on your display screen. Take a look at the below screenshot. Switch off the slider and it will go off from the screen.

On-Screen keyboard toggle On-screen keyboard in Windows 10

Sticky Keys

Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts: This feature is favorite among those who love to use keyboard shortcuts for every small activity they do. Usually, to copy a content you use two keyboard keys simultaneously (Ctrl and C). But after you enable this option, click Ctrl key, release it, then click C key and your selected stuff will be copied. There are four modifier keys that become “sticky” when you turn on this feature. They are Shift, Ctrl, Alt, and Windows keys. Turning it on makes your work easy when two keys are far from each other and hitting them simultaneously becomes irritated. See how to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10 in Sticky keys section.

Sticky keys toggle to enable or disable it

After enabling this feature, you see more settings related to it. Let see them one by one.

Sticky keys settings

Turn on Sticky keys when Shift is pressed five times: Instead of turning the sticky key on from the above way, you can enable it by pressing Shift key five times continuously. After doing so, you can see a dialog box waiting for your confirmation to activate the feature.

Lock modifier key when pressed twice in a row: This is the most useful option. By default, it is turned on. When this feature is enabled you can carry out many copy paste works. Just press Ctrl key twice and then use “C” or “V” keys the number of times to copy or paste a number of items.

Turn Off Sticky Keys by releasing a modifier key in combination with another key: To disable the sticky keys you can jointly press a modifier key along with any other key.

Play sound when modifier key is latched, locked and released: You can hear a sound when you press the modifier key when it gets locked and also when it is released. If you don’t prefer to hear the sound, disable this option.

Display the Sticky Keys icon on taskbar: With this feature enabled you can see a Sticky Keys icon on the system tray of the taskbar.

Toggle Keys

Hear a tone when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock: By mistake, you can press caps lock or num lock or scroll lock key and later on, realize it. So to avoid the confusion, you can turn this feature on and hear a beep tone when you press any of these Toggle keys.

Turn on Toggle Keys by holding the NUM lock key for 5 seconds: If this feature is enabled, you can turn on the Toggle Keys by keeping hold on the Num lock key for 5 seconds of time.

Toggle keys slider

Filter Keys

Ignore or slowdown brief or repeated keystrokes and adjust keyboard repeat rates: If you are scared of pressing any keys number of times, enable this feature which ignores the activity. This is really useful when you kids at home and who might press any keys number of times and that might hamper on your work. Go throws the below piece of write up to know how to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10 for filter keys.

Filter keys slider

After you enable it, you can see many features. They are listed below:

Filter key set of settings

Turn on Filter key when Shift is pressed for 8 seconds: Keep hold the Shift key for 8 seconds and you can see Filter Key is turned on.

Beep when keys are pressed or accepted: You can hear a beep sound when a key is pressed and accepted by the system.

Display the Filter Key icon on Taskbar: To know if the Filter Keys are on, enable this toggle to On and see its icon on Taskbar.

Filter key icon taskbar

Enable Slow Keys: Turn this feature on if you want a delay between hitting a key and the action taking place on your computer. After you turn it on, you can see a drop-down menu with different time slots. Choose a time after whose expiration the computer will accept your keystroke.

Set time of slow keys

Enable Repeat Keys: Turn this feature on if you want to have the repeated keys. This again provides you two different time slot drop-down menus. First is to select the time for the computer to wait for the first repeated keystroke and the second one is to how long the computer will wait for the subsequently repeated keystrokes.

Enable repeat keys toggle

Other Settings

Enable Shortcut underlines: To underline the hotkeys by default, you can enable this feature.

Disable a warning message when turning a setting on with a shortcut: When you turn on a setting with the help of a shortcut keys, you get a warning message.

Make a sound when turning a setting on or off with a shortcut: You can hear a sound when you enable any setting using a keyboard shortcut.

Other settings section of Keyboard
  • That’s it!!!

Way 2: Control Panel

  • Take yourself to the Control Panel.
  • Select the option which reads as Ease of Access Center.
ease of access option on control panel
  • Scroll down the Ease of Access Center page and select Make the keyboard easier to use link.
  • Below mentioned are the available options that you can change –

Control Mouse with the Keyboard

Turn on Mouse Keys – If you select this option, you will be enabled to use the numeric keys to circulate the mouse around the screen. You can opt for this option when you feel that using a mouse is a tired and boring thing. You can set the numeric or arrow keys to operate the mouse as per your preference. Read underneath how to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10 in Control mouse with keyboard section.

How to Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10

Make it easier to type

Turn on Sticky Keys – This option will really thrill you. Opting this choice will make you get rid of typing combo keys (Shortcut keys). You don’t have kept hold of one key till you press another key. After going with this option, you can type one key at a time instead of typing two three keys at a time.

Turn on Toggle Keys – The toggle keys act as a notification. It produces a sound when you hit Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock keys. When you select this option, you will be able to hear a sound indicating you that you have pressed either of the keys.

Turn on Filter Keys – This will be really helpful if you have naughty kids at home who might randomly press your keyboard keys. When you agree with this option then the system will ignore the repeated keystrokes.

Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts

Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys – This course of action will spotlight the controls access keys in a dialog box. You can go through it for your convenience.

Make it easier to manage Windows

Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen – This option when selected will prevent windows from being naturally resized or docked.

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Topics:  Windows 10
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

  1. Trying to find how to change keyboard layout from English – US to English – US International. No help from Microsoft’s pages, though.

  2. Hello, Peter. Follow the path to fix your issue – Settings => Update & security => Troubleshoot => Keyboard and finally run the troubleshooter. Once the issues are gone, Customize Keyboard Settings on Windows 10 as per your need.

  3. Peter Coverdale


    So I asked a simple question your 10 page reply has nothing to do with customising the keyboard! So how to I change what a key produces when I press it? I am Australian. Not American. I do not want to change my entire computer language hence forever fight against poor English/spelling to be able to have my keyboard produce the character attached to the key as stated on the key that it in fact should produce when I press it, ie @ and ” are associated with the wrong symbol on the key. They are indeed opposite!!!! This appears to be a very commonly held complaint against Windows 10 and the subject of the link I followed to get here to your fix, which does not answer the question. Please, this used to be really, really easy by just going to keyboard and then the customise your keyboard setting. It appears that Windows no longer has these options. Due to Trumps new immigration visa stance I am unlikely to become American anytime soon.

  4. John Ellerman


    I replaced my keyboard with one that looks different in that the \ key is next to the left shift key which is much smaller than on the old keyboard. Now, when I want to reverse tab by holding down the shift key and pressing the tab key, the cursor still moves one tab to the right instead of one tab to the left as it did on my old keyboard. How do I make the tab key go backwards?