Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows 7

by Tom Harrison in windows

Sticky Keys is an operating system feature designed to minimize the repeated pressing of keys. People typically trigger this behavior by accident when they quickly press a key many times consecutively. Gamers in particular can frequently get tripped up by Sticky Keys, since they have a habit of rapid-fire button tapping.

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Method 1: Keyboard Shortcut

Press both SHIFT keys at the same time. This reset everything to normal. That is all.

Method 2: Control Panel

  1. Click Start → Control Panel → Ease of Access → Change how your keyboard works.
  2. Locate the “Make it easier to type” heading.
  3. Remove the check mark from the box next to “Turn on Sticky Keys”.
  4. Press the OK button to save your changes.
    The Keyboard Ease of Access Center
    Screenshot of the Keyboard Ease of Access section of the Windows 7 Control Panel.
  5. If there is no check mark next to this option, Sticky Keys is not on.

Disable Sticky Keys Permanently

If you find the Sticky Keys feature particularly annoying, it can be turned off for good.

  1. Click Start → Control Panel → Ease of Access → Change how your keyboard works.
  2. Click “Set up Sticky Keys” (or press ALT+C).
    Sticky Keys setup section
    The “Sticky Keys setup” section of the Ease of Access Center.
  3. If there is a check in the box labeled “Turn On Sticky Keys”, un-check it.
  4. Un-check “Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times”.
    Sticky Keys setup screen
    Screenshot of check boxes in the Sticky Keys configuration screen.
  5. Click the OK button to save your changes.

You have now prevented Sticky Keys from re-activating in the future.

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