How Do I Unlock the Space Bar on My Computer Keyboard?

By Todd Bowerman

Sticky Keys is a Windows-specific accessibility feature designed to make it easier to use your keyboard one-handed. When enabled, it allows you to use key combinations like “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” or “Ctrl-Shift-Esc” by pressing one key at a time. If it is inadvertently enabled, however, it may seem as though your pressed keys are locked to the “On” position for no discernible reason.

Step 1

Press “Windows-U” to open the Ease of Access Center. Alternatively, place your mouse in the bottom-right corner of the screen, select “Settings,” and then choose “Control Panel.” Click “Ease of Access” to open the same menu as the aforementioned hotkey.

Step 2

Click “Make the Keyboard Easier to Use.”

Step 3

Uncheck the box next to “Turn On Sticky Keys.” Click “OK” to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to PCs running Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.