The sticky keys feature in Windows can sometimes be useful (such as instances where the computer user has need for it and activates it on purpose). But, at times, it can also be a hassle when accidentally activated or when it’s the default option. We present you with the official Burnworld guide on how to turn off Sticky Keys for all Windows operated devices (PCs and laptops with any version of Windows).
First of all, let’s examine what the Sticky Keys features do and its purpose. Initially designed as a feature for Macs’ OS in their System 6 version, the keys feature were intended as an option within the Easy Access extension. It was meant to improve accessibility for users with disabilities or suffering from the repetitive strain injury, who would find it harder to press a modifier key multiple times in a row. The keys features serializes the keystrokes, making the computer act as if a modifier key you pressed has remained pressed for the activity that followed, instead of requiring you to press it again. (Modifier keys are Shift, Ctrl, Alt and the Windows key.)
After the initial design within Apple’s OS, the Sticky Keys feature was launched in Windows platforms as well, staring with the Windows 95 version (only that it’s styled differently there, as one word: StickyKeys). It’s also a part of the Unix and X11 systems (by Solaris), within the AccessX utility. As mentioned above, for users that really need it, the keys are indeed a very useful feature. But many users who don’t need it accidentally set it off by pressing one of the modifier keys repeatedly.
If you happen to press one of the modifier key harder or simply tap your keyboard a few times, you will activate the feature. Technically, it requires the pressing of one of those keys 5 times in a row. This happens most often to writers, editors and workers in the publishing business, as well as to gamers who may be required in certain game situations to repeatedly press one of the modifier keys, but none of them actually want to activate the irritating keys option. If you’ve found yourself in any of these situations, here is how to turn it off for good and fix your laptop keyboard (or your computer’s keyboard, depending on what device you use).
How to Turn Off Sticky Keys
There are two main ways of turning off the keys feature: one is a temporary fix meant to disable it again and return your keyboard to its normal state, and the other is a rather more permanent fix, through your Control Panel settings.
If you’ve accidentally activated the keys feature, the simplest way to turn it off is by simply pressing 3 or more of those modifier keys at the same time. A classic combination of Ctrl + Alt + Shift will be enough to immediately turn off Sticky Keys. Also, if you happen to set it off again at a later time, a notification popup will immediately rise above all other windows and applications (featured in the photo above), so you will know you have to turn it off again by pressing those three modifier keys at once.
If you prefer a more permanent solution to the problem, here is how to turn off Sticky Keys from your Control Panel. Go to your computer’s Control Panel, click on the Ease of Access features, and then select ‘Change How Your Keyboard Works’ from the options there.
Then, look to the ‘Make the Keyboard Easier to Use’ section, and then to the ‘Make it Easier to Type’ section. You will see there, selected, the default option boxes for the keys feature and Toggle Keys. Unselect those boxes and you will be rid of the problem from now on.
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