Windows has a feature that makes the modifier keys active on the keyboard without even pressing them. This feature is known as Sticky Keys. It is helpful to the users who have trouble pressing two keys at a time (for example using the Shift key to enable uppercase letters) and users with physical impairments.
The Sticky Keys is enabled if you continuously press the Shift key 5 times by mistake. It makes the Sticky Keys turn on by default but does not get turned off no matter how many you try to press it again.
Most of the time we press keys on the keyboard unknowingly, and it brings up the Sticky Keys trouble. At that moment you may find it difficult to continue your activity on your system. Do not worry, you can easily fix the Sticky Keys trouble.
Sticky keys can also be used if you feel hectic to press two keys at a time. You can always turn on or turn off the Sticky Keys very easily. We have provided you with the ways to turn off and turn on the Sticky Keys which can be used according to your purpose.
How to Turn on the Sticky Keys
Here is a guide to turn on the Sticky Keys in 3 methods.
Method #1 Use the Shift Key
To turn on Sticky Keys in Windows 10 follow these simple steps:
Step 1: First, press the “Shift” key 5 times continuously on your keyboard.
Step 2: A dialogue box will be prompted, select “Yes” to confirm.
Method #2 Use Ease of Access Keyboard Settings
This is also a simple two-step process to turn on sticky keys.
Step 1: In the search bar (present on the taskbar), type “Keyboard“. Select “Ease of Access Keyboard Settings” from the list that appeared.
Step 2: Enable the option “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts” by sliding the switch button towards the right.
Method #3 Realize the Goal in Control Panel
You can turn on the sticky keys using Control Panel. Follow these steps to do so:
Step 1: Type “Keys” in the search bar and select “turn on easy access keys” from the list.
Step 2: Now, enable the option “Turn on Sticky Keys” by ticking in the checkbox and click “Ok“.
The sticky keys get enabled.
How to Turn off the Sticky Keys in Windows 10 and Disable it’s Shortcut
Follow these ways to turn off and disable Sticky Keys in Windows 10:
Method #1: Toggling off Ease of Access
Step 1: First turn on the Sticky Keys by pressing the “Shift” key continuously for 5 times.
Step 2: After pressing, Sticky Keys icon which looks like a few keyboard white keys will appear at the bottom of the screen on your taskbar.
Step 3: Open the Sticky Keys by double-clicking on the Sticky Keys icon.
Step 4: Then, choose the “Ease of Access” tab.
Step 5: Look for the options “Turn on Sticky Keys” and “Turn on Sticky Keys when Shift is pressed five times“, uncheck the checkboxes of these options.
If the Sticky Keys icon is not found in the toolbar or has not appeared, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Press the “Windows” key on the keyboard (or you can hit the Windows icon on the bottom left of the screen).
Step 2: Search for “Ease of Access” in the search bar.
Step 3: Select the “Ease of Access Keyboard Settings” from the list shown.
Step 4: Toggle off the “Sticky Keys” option. You can turn off the shortcut key (to deactivate it).
Method #2: Use Keyboard Shortcuts
To disable the Sticky Keys by using keyboard shortcuts. Press any two keys on the keyboard simultaneously such as Ctrl, Shift, Alt, Windows key, etc.
Method #3 Achieve the goal in Ease of Access Keyboard Settings
Perform these steps to disable the sticky keys on Windows 10:
Step 1: Search for “Keyboard” in the search bar. Now, from the list, select the “Ease of Access Keyboard Settings“.
Step 2: Switch off the option “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts“.
Method #4 Realize the Target via Control Panel
Turn off the Sticky Keys using Control Panel.
Step 1: On the taskbar, towards the right corner, double-click on the Sticky Keys icon to open the “Set up Sticky Keys Window“.
Note: In case if you cannot find it, then click on the up-arrow on the taskbar and you can see it there.
Step 2: Disable the “Turn on Sticky Keys” option and hit “Ok” to apply the changes.
If you turned on the Sticky Keys unintentionally, then press any two keys simultaneously on your keyboard (like Ctrl, Shift, Alt, or Windows key) to turn off the Sticky Keys. However, this is a temporary solution to fix the problem immediately. You can always deactivate the shortcut key by following the above-mentioned methods.
Hope these methods helped you in turning on and turning off the Sticky Keys depending on the way you work. Sticky Keys is a very simple issue and nothing to worry about it. They sometimes make your work easier and other times difficult. Use this guide to turn on and turn off Sticky Keys all the time with ease.