Chapter 11. Using Preference Tools

Configuring Keyboard Preferences

Use the Keyboard preference tool to modify the autorepeat preferences for your keyboard, and to configure typing break settings.

You can set the preferences for the Keyboard preference tool in the following functional areas:

  • Keyboard

  • Typing Break

  • Layouts

  • Layout Options

Keyboard Preferences

Use the Keyboard tabbed section to set general keyboard preferences. To start the Keyboard accessibility preference tool, that is, AccessX, click on the Accessibility button.

Table 11.10, “Keyboard Preferences” lists the keyboard preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.10. Keyboard Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Key presses repeat when key is held down

Select this option to enable keyboard repeat. If keyboard repeat is enabled, when you press-and-hold a key, the action associated with the key is performed repeatedly. For example, if you press-and-hold a character key, the character is typed repeatedly.

Delay

Select the delay from the time you press a key to the time that the action repeats.

Speed

Select the speed at which the action is repeated.

Cursor blinks in text boxes and fields

Select this option to enable the cursor to blink in fields and text boxes.

Speed

Use the slider to specify the speed at which the cursor blinks in fields and text boxes.

Type to test settings

The test area is an interactive interface so you can see how the keyboard settings affect the display as you type. Type text in the test area to test the effect of your settings.

Typing Break Preferences

Use the Typing Break tabbed section to set typing break preferences. To start the Keyboard accessibility preference tool, that is, AccessX, click on the Accessibility button.

Table 11.11, “Typing Break Preferences” lists the typing break preferences that you can modify.

Table 11.11. Typing Break Preferences

Dialog Element

Description

Lock screen to enforce typing break

Select this option to lock the screen when you are due a typing break.

Work interval lasts

Use the spin box to specify how long you can work before a typing break occurs.

Break interval lasts

Use the spin box to specify the length of your typing breaks.

Allow postponing of breaks

Select this option if you want to be able to postpone typing breaks.

Keyboard Layout

Use the Layouts tabbed section to set your keyboard layout. Select your keyboard model from the drop-down list. Use the navigational buttons to add or remove a selected layout from the list of available layouts.

You can choose different layouts to suit different locales. For more information on keyboard layouts, see the Keyboard Layout Switcher manual.

To start the Keyboard accessibility preference tool, that is, AccessX, click on the Accessibility button.

Keyboard Layout Options

Use the Layout Options tabbed section to set your keyboard layout options. Select an option from the list of available layout options and click Add to select an option. Use Remove to remove a selected option.

For more information on the layout options, see the Keyboard Layout Switcher manual.

To start the Keyboard accessibility preference tool, that is, AccessX, click on the Accessibility button.