8 Best Ways to Fix Keyboard Lag on Windows 10
Most of us spend our days typing, especially writers, coders, translators, and other professionals. The keyboard is an essential accessory for computer users, and a lag on Windows computers can be detrimental.
Typing fast but not seeing the text appear on the screen in real-time can be frustrating. A delay, even just for a split second, can disrupt your train of thought and cause annoyance. Let’s explore some solutions to this issue.
1. Reboot and Reconnect
Using an external keyboard? Try rebooting after saving your work and reconnecting. This simple trick worked for me. Won’t take more than a few moments. Same advice for wireless keyboard users. Also, check batteries.
2. Different Keyboard
Try a different keyboard if you have a spare one to check if there is a problem with the one you are using. You can also use the current keyboard on a different computer to determine if it is a software or hardware issue.
3. Turn Off Filter Keys
Step 1: Open Filter keys in the Start menu or Settings.
Step 2: Turn off Filter keys.
4. Character Repeat Rate
Some users found success by maxing out the character repeat rate. Here’s how to do it. Press Windows key+R to open Run dialog box and type control keyboard before hitting Enter. Set the Repeat rate bar to the max and save settings.
Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter that can help with common errors and bugs. To use it, press the Windows key+I shortcut to open Settings and search for “Find and fix keyboard problems.”
Step 2: Apply repairs automatically by selecting it in the pop-up window and clicking Next. Then, follow the on-screen instructions.
There used to be another option in the troubleshooting menu for ‘hardware and devices,’ but Microsoft has removed it. You can still access it from the Command Prompt.
Step 1: Search for and open the Command Prompt from the Start menu with admin rights by clicking Run as administrator.
Step 2: Give the command below to view a pop-up similar to the one we saw above.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
Step 3: Follow the instructions on your screen and check for keyboard lag on your Windows 10 computer.
6. Check Drivers
There are three things you can check: rolling back drivers to an older version, updating drivers to the latest version, and reinstalling them. We have already written a detailed guide on Windows drivers for you.
7. New User Profile
Creating a new Windows user profile can help. If you already have a different profile, switch to it from the Start menu to check if the keyboard still lags on your computer. You can also quickly create a new one.
Step 1: Press Windows key+I to open Settings and go to Accounts > Family & other users. Click on ‘Add someone else to this PC’.
Step 2: Click on ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information’.
Step 3: Click ‘Add a user without a Microsoft account’ and follow the on-screen instructions.
You’ve created a guest account. It’s easy to turn it into an admin account later. Check if you still experience lag while using the keyboard.
8. Run DISM Command
The DISM command is used to mount and service a Windows image. It can fix various errors and bugs.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt again from the Start menu with admin rights.
Step 2: Give the commands below one at a time. Wait a few moments in between.
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Keys on the Board
The keyboard is a crucial accessory. We often overlook its importance until it malfunctions and we realize how much we depend on it. While an on-screen keyboard is an option, it operates slowly and is mainly suitable for touch screen devices such as tablets or laptops.
Let us know in the comments if we were able to help resolve the issue. If you have another solution, please share it with us to assist other readers.
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