Fix keyboard delay when entering text on Windows

Having characters appear on the screen a few seconds after you enter them from the keyboard can be frustrating and reduce your productivity. Many factors make typing feel out of sync across Windows devices. Slow computer, faulty USB ports, outdated keyboard drivers, and misconfigured keyboard settings are a few causes of keyboard lag.

Let’s explore ten ways to fix the problem keyboard delay when entering text on Windows.

Close unused apps to fix keyboard delay

Keyboard response times can start to slow down when your computer slows down. More precisely when it is running low on core system resources (CPU and RAM). Close unused apps and check if that improves keyboard input speed.

Fix keyboard connection problems

If you’re using a wired external keyboard, make sure the cable is securely plugged into your PC’s USB port. Unplug the keyboard 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 there is a delay in spelling, the keyboard may be faulty.

Other USB-connected devices can also interfere with the keyboard connection and cause the computer keyboard to slow down. Unplug other USB devices connected to the PC and check if that fixes the input speed delay.

Fix keyboard connection problems

For the wireless keyboard, make sure that the USB receiver is correctly plugged into the computer. If you have it connected to a USB hub, plug it directly into your computer. Check if the battery of the keyboard is low. If necessary, plug the keyboard into a power source or replace the battery immediately.

Also, make sure the keyboard is near the USB receiver or the computer. This also applies to Bluetooth enabled keyboards. Using the wireless keyboard at a distance from the PC can result in input lag that makes the keyboard slow to respond.

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Turn off Filter Keys

Filter Keys: helps to adjust keyboard response when repetitive keystrokes are limited. Filter Keys prevents unwanted keystrokes by reducing the keyboard’s typing speed. This widget appears when you hold down the Shift key for 8 seconds.

Microsoft designed the Filter Keys function to make it easier for people with neurological disabilities such as tremors or stiff hands to type. If Filter Keys is active on your computer, turn it off and check if that normalizes the keyboard response speed.

1. Open the Windows Settings menu, select Ease of Access.

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2. Select Keyboard from the menu on the left.

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3. In the keyboard settings menu, turn off Filter Keys and uncheck “Allow the shortcut key to start Filter Keys”.

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Alternatively, go to Control Panel, select Ease of Access Center and choose Make the computer easier to use.

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Uncheck the option Turn on Filter Keys and press OK to save changes.

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Fix keyboard lag by running the 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 slow computer keyboard problems. Use this tool to resolve issues with a specific key or the entire keyboard.

Go Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Keyboard and select the button Run the troubleshooter.

Run the Windows Hardware Troubleshooter

Wait for the troubleshooting to scan your computer – it can take about 1-5 minutes – and follow the instructions given. Try the next suggestion if the troubleshooter didn’t detect any problems with your keyboard.

Restart the computer

Close all applications and documents (so you don’t lose unsaved changes) and restart your computer. If you are using an external or wireless keyboard, disconnect it from your PC before restarting. Plug in or reconnect the keyboard when the PC comes back up and see if that resolves the typing lag.

Update Keyboard Driver

Device drivers determine how the PC’s internal and external hardware components (e.g. display, keyboard, speakers, drives, etc.) communicate with Windows. A device can misbehave if its driver is out of date.

If the keyboard is delayed when typing, go to Windows Device Manager and check if the keyboard driver is up to date.

1. Right-click the Start menu icon (or press the . key) Windows + X ) and select Device Manager.

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2. Expand the Keyboards category, right-click the keyboard driver and select Update device.

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3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.

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Connect your PC to the Internet for best results. Wait until Windows finishes checking and installing the latest driver updates. If Windows says you’re using the latest driver, remove the driver (see below) and try installing it again.

Reinstall the driver when the keyboard is delayed

The computer keyboard is slow if the PC’s keyboard driver is damaged or incompatible with the keyboard. Fix this by uninstalling the driver; Windows will install a new one after that.

1. Launch Device Manager, right click on the keyboard driver and select Uninstall device.

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2. Select Uninstall to continue.

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3. To reinstall the keyboard driver, select Action on the Device Manager menu bar and select Scan for hardware changes.

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Then restart the PC to update the change.

Change keyboard properties

Windows offers many customization options. If the delay occurs when you hold or press the key repeatedly, follow the steps below to adjust the delay on the keyboard.

1. Press the key Windows + CHEAP to launch Windows Run.

2. Type or paste control keyboard into the dialog box and click OK.

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3. Adjust the “Repeat delay” or “Repeat rate” slider to fix keyboard input delay. Before you do so, here’s what both options mean:

  • Repeat delay: Meaning that when you overpress a certain letter after the first character appears, it will take a while to show the next character.
  • Repeat rate (repeat sensitivity): Now when holding that key, the characters after the first character will continuously run out.
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To fix keyboard delay, increase “Repeat rate” (from Slow to Fast) and shorten “Repeat delay” (from Long to Short). Note that fast repeat sensitivity and short repeat delay can also lead to unintentional duplication of keystrokes. Experiment with these options until you find the perfect balance.

4. Click the empty dialog box and hold down any key to test the keyboard’s repetition rate before closing the window. Choose OK to save the changes.

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Fix Wi-Fi interference causing keyboard delay

You may experience a delay when typing on the wireless keyboard if the Wi-Fi router is located near the computer. That’s because the signal from the router can interfere with the Bluetooth keyboard’s signal. To avoid this, you can turn off Wi-Fi or move your PC away from the router. That fixed the problem for some Windows 10 users.

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Perform Clean Reboot

Some system (third-party) applications and services start automatically when you start your computer. While some of these services keep your PC running, they can sometimes slow down your PC and other applications.

Clean Boot loads Windows only with the necessary applications, drivers, and programs. That can resolve conflicts and help you determine if an application or service is causing the keyboard to delay typing.

Check for dirt and hardware damage

Your keyboard may not be able to enter characters if dirt or foreign matter is trapped under the keys. The problem can also be caused by physical damage to the PC’s keyboard or memory module.

Clean the keyboard and, if possible, remove the PC’s memory modules and re-plug them properly. We recommend that you take your computer to an authorized service center to do these things. Do not try to do it yourself so as not to damage the keyboard and other components of the device.

Enjoy typing without delay

If the keyboard delay persists, try resetting the keyboard’s settings to 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.


With this article, hope you know the reason why the keyboard is delayed when entering text and how to fix it. Doing the above steps correctly will definitely help you solve this situation as quickly as possible. Good luck to you and see you in the next posts.


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