How to turn off sticky keys? Sometimes, when you’re bored or thinking in front of your computer, you may type away somewhat absentmindedly on your keyboard. If you want to use the space bar, press Esc, or use Shift. After hitting the Shift key sometimes, you’ll notice a dialog box asking if you’d like Sticky Keys.
In addition, a loud alert can be jarring when the popup appears. Fortunately, you can turn off this feature, and if you’re interested in learning more, keep reading.
It can be annoying to use sticky keys, but they help others navigate their computers more efficiently. When you are not using them, however, you can easily turn them off and continue with your work.
You may want to optimize your PC further if you keep enabling Sticky Keys while gaming. Windows 10’s Gaming Mode, for example, can help you optimize your frame rate.
What Are Sticky Keys and Why Do They Exist?
We tend to assume Sticky Keys is only meant to annoy those who frequently hit the Shift key. Nevertheless, this tool is important for people with limited motor skills who need an Ease of Access tool.
When you press two keys at the same time, you probably don’t think twice about it. For example, when you type a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, your fingers probably flash across a Shift key and a letter key at the same time.
Holding shift plus a letter, however, can be too strenuous on the hands for some. Sticky Keys lends a helping hand to these people.
Using Sticky Keys, you can tell the PC to pretend you’re holding down a key while you’re not. It’s because they behave as if they stick down when you press them.
With Sticky Keys on, you can use different settings for the Shift key. You’ll hear a beep when you press Shift to tell what mode it’s in.
You can set the Shift key to act as if it’s not pressed, pressed, and held down (for typing capital letters or lots of symbols on the number row), and pressed down only for the first press of the key (for starting sentences with capital letters).
How to Turn off Sticky Keys
6 Methods to turn on/off Sticky Keys in Windows 10 OS
If you are using keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl+Alt+Del) on a Windows 10 device, you can use Sticky Keys to press one key at a time. You can turn it on and off using the following methods.
Use the Shift key.
- Press the Shift key five times continuously.
- Choose Yes in the confirmation dialog.
Using Access keyboard settings.
- In the search box on the taskbar, type the keyboard and select Ease of Access keyboard settings.
- For keyboard shortcuts, turn on Press one key at a time.
Realize the goal in Control Panel.
- In the search results, tap Turn on easy access keys.
- Hit OK to enable Sticky Keys.
Use keyboard shortcuts.
Then, simultaneously, press two keys (such as Ctrl, Alt, Shift, the Windows logo key, etc.).
Using Access keyboard settings.
- Access the keyboard settings of Ease of Access by searching.
- Toggle off click one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts.
Realize the target via Control Panel.
- To open the Set up Sticky Keys window, double-click the Sticky Keys icon on the taskbar. If you cannot locate the icon on the taskbar, tap the up arrow and you’ll see it.
- Hit OK after deselecting Turn on Sticky Keys.
Methods to Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows 7
- To access the Ease of Access Center, click your Windows 7 Start Orb [Hotkey: Win]. The results should appear in the Search Results. Open it by clicking on it. You can also locate it from the Control Panel. From the Control Panel, alter your view to icons, and then click Ease of Access Center. You should be careful if you have your speakers on loud – the Windows narrator may begin speaking while on this panel.
- To make the keyboard easier to use, scroll down the Ease of Access Center list and click Make the keyboard easier to use.
- To set up sticky keys in the new dialog, click Make it easier to type. You will return to this after setting up filter keys.
- Uncheck the box for Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times in the Sticky Keys window. Click OK to enter the Setup Filter Keys dialog box.
- When the Filter Keys dialog box is displayed, uncheck Turn on Filter Keys when right-clicking for 8 seconds. Continue by clicking OK.
- Hold down the NUM LOCK key for five seconds to disable the Toggle Keys if you are using sound. Click OK to save your changes.
Disable Sticky Keys Permanently
Sticky Keys can be turned off permanently if you find it particularly annoying.
- Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Ease of Access > Change how your keyboard works.
- Next, press “Set up Sticky Keys” (or hold ALT+C).
- Remove the checkmark from the box labeled “Enable Sticky Keys”.
- Remove the checkmark following to “Turn on Sticky Keys if SHIFT is clicked 5 times”.
- Save your modifications by pressing the OK button.
Turn on/off Sticky Keys on Windows 8.1/8
Use the keyboard shortcut: To turn Sticky Keys on, press the Shift key five times and select yes from the dialog box.
Turn it on from the Ease of Access Center: Use the Quick Access Menu to access the Control Panel by right-clicking the bottom left corner. Using the Control Panel, choose Ease of Access. Change your keyboard’s behavior by clicking the Change your keyboard settings button. Tap OK after checking the box before Turn on Sticky Keys.
Use two keyboard shortcuts: You can turn it off by simultaneously pressing two keyboard shortcuts (e.g. Ctrl+C, Windows+F…).
Turn it off from the Ease of Access Center: There is no difference between the first three steps, so only the last step is illustrated below. Turn off Sticky Keys by unchecking the box before clicking OK.