How to access and change computer keyboard settings

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Computer users can change some settings and features, including programmable keys or keyboard shortcuts, on a computer keyboard through the Windows or macOS. The number of settings and features that can be changed depend on the type of keyboard used.

To access keyboard settings for your computer keyboard, follow the steps for the type of operating system on your computer.

Microsoft Windows

To access keyboard settings in Windows, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Find and click, or double-click, the Keyboard icon. If you're not viewing the Control Panel as icons, change the View by to Large or Small icons in the top-right corner of the Control Panel.

Once the Keyboard Properties window is open you can change some basic settings for your keyboard as shown in the example below.

Windows Keyboard Properties window

If you have a multimedia or programmable keyboard, additional settings and features can be changed through software from the keyboard manufacturer. The keyboard software may have come with the keyboard or the computer, or you can download it from the keyboard manufacturer's website.

Once installed, the keyboard software can be accessed and additional settings and features for your keyboard can be modified. The specific settings and features available are different for each keyboard. If you have a Microsoft keyboard, you can adjust additional settings through the Mouse and Keyboard Center.

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Apple macOS

To access keyboard settings in macOS, follow the steps below.

  1. Click the Apple menu icon in the upper-left corner.
  2. Select the System Preferences option in the menu.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click the Keyboard icon.

The Keyboard window opens and allow you to change some basic settings for your keyboard, and configure keyboard shortcuts.

If you have a multimedia or programmable keyboard, additional settings and features can be changed through software from the keyboard manufacturer. The keyboard software may have come with the keyboard or the computer, or you can download it from the keyboard manufacturer's website.

Once installed, the keyboard software can be accessed and additional settings and features for your keyboard can be modified. The specific settings and features available are different for each keyboard.

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