How to turn off Sticky Keys

When you hit one of your keyboard’s Shift keys five times in a row, a Windows pop-up will ask if you want to enable Sticky Keys. Here’s how to turn off Sticky Keys when you’ve accidentally (or intentionally) enabled it.

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How to turn off Sticky Keys: what are Sticky Keys and why turn them off?

Sticky Keys is a Windows Ease of Access feature that makes it possible to use keyboard shortcuts or type capital letters without needing to press more than one key at once. Normally, you’d hold down the Shift key while pressing a letter to type a capital, or hold down the Ctrl key while pressing ‘S’ to save a document. It's even trickier if you want to use a shortcut such as Ctrl-Alt-Del or Ctrl-Shift-Esc.

With Sticky Keys, you can press Ctrl, Shift or Alt, let go and then press another key – Windows will interpret this as pressing two keys together. You should also hear a beep if you have speakers connected.

That’s great if you’re disabled and can’t press two keys at once, but what if you want to disable Sticky Keys?

How to turn off Sticky Keys in Windows 8

You can’t press Shift another five times. Instead, you need to bring up the Start menu (or Start screen in Windows 8) by pressing the Windows key. Now type “ease of access” and click on Ease of Access in the list of results.

If you’re using Windows 8, you need to click on the Ease of Access Keyboard settings result, and then it’s a simple case of sliding the Sticky Keys toggle to ‘off’.

How to turn off Sticky Keys Windows 8

How to turn off Sticky keys in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

In Windows 7 or Vista, click on Ease of Access Center. Then scroll down and click on the link ‘Make the keyboard easier to use’.

How to turn off Sticky Keys Ease of Access Center Windows 7

Finally, untick the box next to Turn on Sticky Keys and click OK. Sticky Keys is now disabled.

How to turn off Sticky Keys: prevent Sticky Keys being turned on

You can also disable the keyboard shortcut to prevent the Sticky Keys pop-up appearing when shift is pressed five times on the Set up Sticky keys options window by unticking the box next to 'Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times'.