How to Disable a Sticky Key

By Megan Mullinger

Sticky Keys are a feature built into the Microsoft operating systems that were created for users with physical disabilities. There are some users that are not physically able to hold down three keys at a time--ctrl, alt, delete, for example. Sticky keys allow these users to utilize the features (i.e. taskmanager) accessed by these keystrokes by forcing the computer to remember that ctrl was recently pressed when alt is also pressed. They can also be useful for typists who use only one or a few fingers instead of all 10. For some, they can be frustrating or unnecessary, resulting in the need to turn off the Sticky Keys. If you find that your Sticky Keys have been enabled, there are a few steps you can follow to disable them.

Step 1

Open the Control Panel on your computer. This is located in the Start menu. You should be viewing your control panel in "Classic View," which means all your icons are visible. If you find that your control is not in "Classic View," you can change the view by clicking on the hyperlink for it located in the left-hand pane of the control panel.

Step 2

Select "Ease of Access" from the control panel by double clicking on the icon, which will open the Ease of Access Center.

Step 3

Select the link called "Make the keyboard easier to use," which will be located under the heading "Explore all settings." Click once on the link to select.

Step 4

Deselect the box next to "Turn on Sticky Keys," which is located under the heading "Make it easier to type." By un-checking this box, you will have turned off the Sticky Keys. To apply the new settings permanently, click "Apply" and close the window by clicking on the X in the upper right-hand corner.