Computer settings

computer settings iconModifying the keyboard response

The way the keyboard behaves can be changed by using the options available in your operating system (Windows, Linux or Mac OS X).

The options that are available are:

information iconStickyKeys
This allows users to operate the modifier keys (Shift, Ctrl and Alt) using only one finger. The modifier key is treated by the computer as being ‘held down’ until the next key is pressed. So to type ‘The’, you would press Shift + t + h + e.


This allows you to alter the length of time a key needs to be held down before it initially appears or repeats on the screen.


This allows the mouse pointer to be moved around using the keys on the numeric keypad.


BBC My Web My Way explain how to set your computer so the keyboard and mouse are easier to use: