The keyboard has a laggy, jerky feel that makes you uncomfortable, especially when you’re doing important work and the keyboard refuses to cooperate. If you are a writer, web developer, programmer or professional who spends hours pressing keys, this problem can slow down your work.
Before proceeding with the troubleshooting, make sure that the correct keyboard is causing the problem. Sometimes, you may accidentally do things that slow down your Windows PC , which can also be the reason for keyboard lag. However, if that’s not the case, here are some easy fixes you can try to get rid of annoying keyboard input lag.
1. Turnoff Filter Keys
Filter Keys is an accessibility feature that instructs Windows to ignore short or repeated key presses. This could be one reason why your keyboard is lagging. You can fix this by disabling Filter Keys from the keyboard settings.
Open Settings by searching for “settings” in the Start menu . Select Ease of Access and scroll down to the Keyboard section from the right. Click on Keyboard and find Use Filter Keys .
Turnoff Filter Keys
Under this heading you will find a toggle switch. If this switch is on, turn it off and close the Settings app .
Then try typing something into a text editor and see if it still slows down.
2. Update or reinstall the keyboard driver
The system driver tells the PC how to handle external hardware like the keyboard. If the keyboard driver is out of date, the computer will have difficulty communicating with the hardware. Therefore, outdated drivers are a possible cause of keyboard input lag.
Update or reinstall the keyboard driver
There are several ways to find and replace outdated Windows drivers. Refer: 5 basic ways to update and update drivers for your computer for more details.
3. Change keyboard properties
Changing a few keyboard properties can help with input lag. Start by pressing Win + R , type “control keyboard” and press Enter. This will open the keyboard properties window, where you will see the option to adjust the Repeat delay and Repeat rate .
Repeat delay allows you to set the delay time when pressing and holding a key, as well as when initiating the repeated output of the key. Repeat rate allows you to adjust this output repeat rate.
Adjust Repeat delay and Repeat rate
Shorten Repeat delay and increase Repeat rate to eliminate input delay. This may require some testing before you find the right tuning, but there’s a nifty test box built right into the Keyboard properties window to help you find the right balance. Once you have found the ideal Repeat delay and Repeat rate , press OK at the bottom to save and exit.
4. Chạy Keyboard Troubleshooter
Fortunately, Windows comes with a number of built-in troubleshooting tools. Whether you are experiencing input lag or the keyboard is not working, the keyboard troubleshooter can provide you with a solution.
Open the Settings app to use the Keyboard Troubleshooter. Next, navigate to Update & Security > Troubleshoot and you’ll see a list of suggested troubleshooters. If not, just click Additional troubleshooters and look for Keyboard . Click on it and select Run the troubleshooter .
Run Keyboard Troubleshooter
The troubleshooter will look for potential problems. If you find something that needs fixing, go ahead and follow the directions. When you’re done, see if the problem is resolved.
5. Use the DISM . command line tool
DISM is an administrative-level command-line tool that you can use to repair the Windows image of your system. This tool can help with keyboard input lag, if the error is caused by a Windows image that System File Checker cannot repair.
Start by running Command Prompt or PowerShell with admin rights . Then run the following commands in this order:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Let the process finish, then verify if this trick solves keyboard input lag.
6. Fixes for wireless keyboards
The above problems apply to keyboards in general. However, there are some specific problems with wireless keyboards. If your keyboard is wireless, try the following fixes.
Start by ruling out the possibility of lag due to a drained battery. To do this, replace the battery or fully charge the keyboard. If this doesn’t fix the problem, try the next solution.
Start by trying to sync the keyboard with the USB receiver again. If that doesn’t work, plug the USB receiver into another USB port on the computer. Try placing the keyboard closer to the USB receiver if possible.
Eliminate interference from wireless devices
If you have placed other WiFi devices such as routers or mobile phones near your computer, move that device away and see if that eliminates input lag.
7. Replace the keyboard with a new one
If none of these solutions work, it could be a sign of hardware damage. However, before you start shopping for one of the best keyboards , try plugging in the keyboard on another computer to confirm that the cause is hardware damage.
Good luck with your troubleshooting!