How to Turn off Sticky Keys

How to Turn off sticky keys

Sticky key is a feature that was created in a Windows-based Operating System mainly for individuals who find to difficult to hold down a combination of keys all at once. In most cases these are persons who are suffering from physical disabilities that have difficulty navigating properly through the keyboard. For instance if you are required to press a CTRL+P or CTRL+ALT+Del then the sticky keys feature would allow you to hold down one key at a time instead of all together at once.

Sometimes persons may accidentally press a series of keys which may automatically enable sticky keys and the person may not necessarily want this feature and may decide that they want to disable it. This article will provide you with the instructions on how to disable sticky keys.

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Steps : Turning off sticky keys :

  1. The options for disabling sticky keys may vary slightly depending on if you are using Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. First you need to find the “Control Panel” by using the mouse to navigate to the left corner of the taskbar and click “Start” or you can use the keyboard by pressing the “Windows” key or CTRL+ESC to open start and then go to “Control Panel”.
  1. If you are using Windows XP then it easier to find options in the Control Panel through the classic view, so switch to it and go to “Accessibility Options”. Once in Accessibility Options then navigate under the “Keyboard Tab” and you will see “Use Sticky keys”. Simply uncheck the box to disable it or you can use the keyboard to uncheck it by pressing “U”.
  1. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to disable sticky keys. All you have to do is press the SHIFT key five times to disable it. If you also want to stop the sticky keys from being enabled or disabled by keyboard shortcut then follow step 2 and go back to the “Keyboard Tab” to where “Use Sticky Key” is, then use your mouse and select “Settings” and uncheck “Use shortcut”. You can also select “Settings “by clicking “S”on the keyboard.
  1. If you are using a Windows Vista or Windows 7 Operating System then navigate to “Start” and navigate to “Control Panel” and click on “Ease of Access” option. To the right you will see the option “Change how your keyboard works”. Once you go into this option, simply uncheck “Turn on Sticky Keys “and then click “Apply” to activate it and then “OK”.
  1. In Windows Vista and Windows 7 there is also a keyboard shortcut method for disabling sticky keys. This is done by pressing both the SHIFT keys on the keyboard at the same time and this will automatically disable it. You can follow step 4 and revisit “Change how your keyboard works “and go into “Set up Sticky Keys” to disable the sticky keys from being activated or deactivated through the keyboard.

Tips and Warnings:

Persons who play a lot of video games and also type on their computers tend to have more issues with sticky keys than regular computer users.





  1. Osho GargOsho Garg07-27-2012

    Thanks You For Sharing Tips. While Playing Games I Always Face This Problem. This Will Solve My Problem 🙂

  2. Rajkumar JonnalaRajkumar Jonnala08-09-2012

    its been weird while playing some games we have to use shift key for many time then this shift sticky key are disturbing. but not from now.. thanks for awesome share.

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