How to Turn Off FilterKeys

by Tom Harrison in windows

Filter Keys is a potentially annoying Windows feature that ignores keyboard input unless the key is held down for a significant period of time. It’s also triggered when you hold down a button such as SHIFT for 8 seconds. The procedure for disabling Filter Keys varies between Windows versions.

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Disable Filter Keys in Windows XP

Filter Keys dialog box
Screenshot of the warning dialog that appears when Filter Keys is triggered.
  1. Click Start → Control Panel → Accessibility Options.
  2. Go to the Keyboard tab.
  3. Un-check the box labeled “Use FilterKeys”.
  4. Click the Settings button.
  5. Un-check the box labeled “Use Shortcut”.
  6. Press OK twice to save your changes.

Disable Filter Keys in Windows Vista

The procedure in Windows Vista is very similar to the steps for XP — the difference being a few of the links and buttons contain new language.

  1. Click Start → Control Panel → Ease of Access Center.
  2. Click “Make the keyboard easier to use”.
  3. Un-check the box labeled “Turn on FilterKeys”.
  4. Click “Set up FilterKeys”.
  5. Un-check the box labeled “Turn on FilterKeys when right SHIFT is pressed for 8 seconds”.
  6. Click the OK button twice.

Disable Filter Keys in Windows 7

If Filter Keys has been turned on in Windows 7 and your keyboard is no longer responding as you would like, follow these directions:

  1. Click Start → Control Panel.
  2. Click the “Ease of Access” heading.
  3. Click “Change how your keyboard works”.
  4. Remove the check mark from the box next to “Turn on FilterKeys”.
    Keyboard Ease of Access screen in Windows 7
    Screenshot of the “Make keyboard easier to use” section of the Windows 7 Control Panel.
  5. Click the blue “Set Up FilterKeys” link.
  6. Underneath “Keyboard shortcut”, remove the check mark from the box next to “Turn on FilterKeys when right SHIFT is pressed for 8 seconds”.
    FilterKeys Windows 7 Setup Menu
    Screenshot of Windows 7’s FilterKeys setup screen.
  7. Click OK twice.

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