Mike McBride

Anne-Marie Mahfouf

Revision KDE 4.12 (2013-12-05)

This module allows you to choose how your keyboard works.

There are three tabs in this module.

The Hardware tab

The actual effect of setting these options depends upon the features provided by your keyboard hardware and the X server on which KDE is running. As an example, you may find that changing the key click volume has no effect because that feature is not available on your system.

Keyboard model:

Here you can set your keyboard model. This setting is independent of your keyboard layout and refers to the "hardware" model, i.e. the way your keyboard is manufactured. Modern keyboards that come with your computer usually have two extra keys and are referred to as "104-key" models, which is probably what you want if you do not know what kind of keyboard you have.

NumLock on KDE Startup

You can choose to either always Turn on or Turn off the NumLock when KDE starts, or you can choose to have KDE leave NumLock at whatever it was set to before KDE started up.

Keyboard Repeat

When this option is turned on, pressing and holding down a key emits the same character repeatedly until the key is released. Pressing and holding the key will have the same effect as pressing it multiple times in succession.


Almost all users will want to have this option enabled, because it makes navigating through documents with the arrow keys significantly easier.


This option allows you to set the delay after which a pressed key will start generating keycodes.


This option allows you to set the rate at which keycodes are generated while a key is pressed.

Key click volume

If supported, this option allows you to hear audible clicks from your computer's speakers when you press the keys on your keyboard. In essence, this simulates the click of a mechanical type-writer. You can change the loudness of the key click feedback by dragging the slider button. Setting the volume to 0% by moving the slider to the left turns off the key click.

Type some characters into the Test area text box to verify the volume you selected.

Many computers won't support this function.


Very few people would choose to enable this option, since it generally annoys everyone else in the room. However, if your heart yearns for the pre-soft-key era, this may help you to re-experience the warm sentimentality of days-gone-by.