How to Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows 10

What is Sticky Keys?

It is an accessibility feature that makes the modifier keys (CTRL, Alt, Shift and Windows keys) stay active until another key is pressed.

Let me give you an example.

Suppose you want to launch the Task Manager. You can open it by pressing CTRL, Shift, and Escape.

Normally, you need to press three buttons simultaneously to open it.

When you enable Sticky Keys, you don’t have to press the buttons together to open it.

By pressing and releasing one key after another, you can open it.

Press the CTRL key and then release it. Then press Shift and release it. Then press Escape and release it. Now you can see the Task Manager.

Hopefully you understood what I meant. Check out the following section to enable this feature.

How to Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows 10

Method #1

You can disable Sticky Keys by pressing Shift five times continuously.

Method #2

Open the Settings app.

Click on the Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Disable the switch under “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts,” which is in the “Use Sticky Keys” section.

Method #3

If you press two buttons at once, the Sticky Keys will be turned off.

Note: If you do not want the Sticky Keys turned off while pressing two keys simultaneously, then turn off the option “Turn off Sticky Keys when two keys are pressed at the same time” which is in the “Use Sticky Keys” section. To see this section, open Settings, and click Ease of Access > Keyboard.

How to Turn On Sticky Keys in Windows 10

Method #1

Press the Shift key five times continuously.

You can see the “Sticky Keys” pop-up.

Click “Yes” on the pop-up.

Method #2

Open Settings (To do that, press Windows, and I).

Click on the Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Find the “Use Sticky Keys” section. Within that, you’ll see, “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts.”

Activate the switch under “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts.”

How to Disable Sticky Keys Pop-up

The following steps will prevent the Sticky Keys pop-up from appearing when you press Shift five continuous times:

Open Settings (press the keys Windows and I for this).

Click on the Ease of Access > Keyboard.

In the “Use Sticky Keys” section, you will see “Allow the shortcut key to start Sticky Keys.” Disable it.

After you disable the sticky keys pop-up, you cannot turn sticky keys on and off using the “Shift” method described in this post.

If you want to activate the Sticky Keys pop-up, follow the steps above. But activate instead of deactivate.

Additional Notes

When you enable Sticky Keys, you will see the following options:

Show the Sticky Keys icon on the taskbar – This shows the Sticky Keys icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

Lock the modifier key when pressed twice in a row – This locks the modifier key when pressed twice in succession.

For instance, you pressed the Windows key twice. If you press E now, the File Explorer opens. After that, if you press I, it opens the settings. Hope you have understood the point.

You can unlock it by pressing the same modifier key again.

Turn off Sticky Keys when two keys are pressed at the same time – This was discussed in the “Turn Off Sticky Keys” section of this post.

Play a sound when a modifier key is pressed and released – Self-explanatory, right?

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