If your computer is executing commands that you don’t need, such as punctuating words in the middle of sentences, the problem may be related to sticky keys — a system in which instead of holding down a key to execute a command, you press it, and it remains pressed until you press another key.

The instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

What are sticky keys?

Each keyboard uses keys- modifiers, keys that change the function of a letter key. The most commonly used is Shift, which changes lowercase letters to uppercase.

Depending on the programs you use on your computer, you can also use the Ctrl, Alt keys, the Windows key on Windows devices, and the Command key on Mac.

Sticky Keys Warning in Windows 10

Sticky keys help people with disabilities or suffer from repetitive stress injuries. Instead of holding down a key, you can press it and it will stay «down» until you press the button. On Windows 7, 8, or 10, try this feature by pressing the Shift key five times. A window will appear asking if you want to enable sticky keys. After that, try typing something and you’ll see it in action.

Sticky keys can be very useful if you don’t like holding down a key for a long time. If you’re not a touch typist in particular, or if you’re learning how to use software that makes heavy use of modifier keys, this can be helpful while you keep track of which key you want to press. Otherwise, they are probably not worth leaving.

How to disable sticky keys in Windows 10

The easiest way to turn sticky keys on and off in Windows 10 is with the technique described above. If you press Shift five times with sticky keys enabled, it will turn off. You can also press any two keys at the same time and that will disable it.

If the above doesn’t work or you want to disable this shortcut in settings, follow these steps:

  1. Press key Windows or select icon Windows in the lower left corner and select » Settings», marked with a gear icon.

    Start menu in Windows 10
  2. Select Ease of Access > Keyboard

    Main Settings Menu in Windows 10

    You can also get to this menu by pressing Win+U .

  3. Scroll down and select the Sticky Keys toggle to turn it off. You can also disable the shortcut here.

    Keyboard submenu in Windows 10
  4. Scroll down to make it easier to type . Make sure both the warning message and the «make sound» options are enabled so you don’t accidentally enable sticky keys.

How to disable Sticky Keys on Windows 7 and 8

Windows 7 and 8 also use a «press Shift five times» shortcut to enable and disable Sticky Keys. Pressing two keys at the same time will also disable it. To disable or enable it in the settings:

  1. open control Panel .

  2. Select Ease of Access > Make the keyboard easier to use

    In Windows 8, you can also use Win + U if your keyboard has a Windows key.

  3. Scroll down to make it easier to type and install or uncheck Enable sticky keys . Then select Apply .

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