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My laptop keyboard is slow when typing

Updated April 17, 2017

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to type a document only to find out your words come out buggy, slow and fragmented. Slow typing -- also known as typing lag -- can be caused by several things: your Windows Operating System may not be up to date, your typing program may be faulty or you own a Lenovo laptop that has programs installed known to cause typing lag. However, don't think that slow typing is incurable because there are several ways to get your typing back to its flowing, smooth state.

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Install the latest Service Pack for your current version of Microsoft Office. Service Packs are updates and revisions of Microsoft software created to prevent bugs or other performance issues. These packs are particularly important if you find your keyboard's typing is slow in Microsoft Word or Excel. You can download the latest Service Pack by visiting the Windows Download Center and clicking the Service Pack links in the right-hand column of the screen.

Reinstall the program in which your laptop is typing slowly. Sometimes, typing lag is only apparent in certain programs, e.g. a Word processing program or e-mail managing program. If this is the case, it is likely that a corrupt version of the software is causing you to type slowly and sluggishly. To combat this you should reinstall the software. Start by navigating to your PC's Control Panel, then the "Add or Remove Programs" application; scroll down the list of programs until you find the one that has been causing you to type slowly. Next to the program there should be a "Change" option; click it to begin the Reinstallation Wizard. Follow the instructions and reopen the program; if your sluggish typing was a result of the corrupted program, your typing should have returned to normal.

Remove the Lenovo Thinkvantage Password Manager if you own a Lenovo laptop. This program -- although only specific to Lenovo laptops -- has been known to cause typing problems in certain programs. To remove it, open your Add or Remove Programs window through the Control Panel and scroll down the list of programs until you find Thinkvantage Password Manager. Click the "Change/Remove" button to uninstall it and bring your typing back to normal speed.

Contact the Microsoft Support Center or your laptop manufacturer directly if you still cannot prevent your slow keyboard typing. You can e-mail, call or directly message staff and they will be more than happy to help. Visit your laptop supplier's contact web pages to find their support telephone number and e-mail address; there is also a list of telephone numbers for every computer manufacturer on the Microsoft website.

Tip

If you are reinstalling Word 2000, 2002 or 2003 you can directly reinstall the software by selecting the "Detect and Repair..." option in Word's Help menu. Regardless of which version of Word you reinstall you will always require your Microsoft Office CD and key code to do so.

Warning

Beware trying to find any problems with the keyboard itself. Although slow typing may be caused by an internal device error, take your laptop to a specialist instead of opening it up yourself and perhaps causing even more damage.

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About the Author

Matthew Caines began writing and editing in 2008 and has since gained valuable experience in the publishing industry working for national publications such as "The Guardian," "Sartorial Male," "AREA Magazine," "Food & Drink Magazine," "Redbrick Newspaper" and "REACH Magazine." He has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Birmingham, U.K.

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