How to Turn On or Off Sticky Keys in Windows 11

What is Sticky Keys?

It’s 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 Task Manager. You can open it by pressing CTRL, Shift, and Escape.

Usually, you need to press three buttons simultaneously to open it. When you enable sticky keys, this isn’t the case.

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

First, press the CTRL key and then release it. Then do the same for Shift and Escape keys. You can now view the Task Manager.

Hopefully, you understood what I meant.

Turn On or Off Sticky Keys in Windows 11

Note that by default, this feature is off. Let’s see different methods to activate and deactivate it.

Method #1

You can disable sticky keys by pressing Shift five times continuously.

Follow these steps to turn it on:

Press the Shift key five times continuously. In the “Sticky Keys” popup, click “Yes.”

Method #2

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Click on Accessibility on the left sidebar, then “Keyboard” on the right.

Disable (to turn off) or enable (to turn on) the switch beside the “Sticky keys.”

Method #3

This method is only for deactivation. Press two buttons at once to turn off the sticky keys.

Note: If you don’t want the sticky keys turned off while pressing two keys simultaneously, check out the following “Notes.”

Method #4

Open the Control Panel.

If you’re on the Category view, you need to click on Ease of Access, then Ease of Access Center. Otherwise, click on Ease of Access Center.

Select “Make the keyboard easier to use.”

Enable (to turn on) or disable (to turn off) “Turn on Sticky Keys.”

Click the OK button.

Read: How to Open the Device Manager


When you click the Sticky keys in the Settings app, you’ll see the following options:

  • Show the Sticky keys icon on the taskbar
  • Play a sound when shortcut keys are pressed and released

The above two options are self-explanatory.

  • Keyboard shortcut for Sticky keys

The Sticky Keys popup appears when you press Shift five continuous times.

Turn this on if you want the Sticky Keys popup. Otherwise, deactivate it.

If you disable the Sticky Keys popup, you can’t turn sticky keys on and off using the “Shift” method mentioned in this post.

  • Lock shortcut keys when pressed twice in a row

It 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 the I, it opens the settings.

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 one turns off the sticky keys while pressing two keys simultaneously.

That’s it.

I hope this guide, “How to Turn On or Off Sticky Keys in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.

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