Mike McBride

Anne-Marie Mahfouf

Revision Plasma 5.21 (2020-12-05)

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 Plasma™ 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 Plasma Startup

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

When a key is held:

It is possible to select one of the tree options here, namely

Show accented and similar characters

If this option is selected, when a key is held down while entering text, a popup is shown which lets one choose between various accented forms of the character.

Do nothing

This option allows you to turn off any activities when you pressing and holding down the keys.

Repeat the key

When this option is selected, 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.

Type some characters into the Test area text box to verify the settings.

Many computers won't support this function.