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Monday, January 28, 2008

Sticky keys, and how to turn them off

It's a common PC annoyance, you pressed [SHIFT] repeatedly, and the StickyKeys window pops up, you pressed [ENTER] accidentally, now how do you turn them off?

To turn StickyKeys off:
PRESS BOTH SHIFT KEYS SIMULTANEOUSLY

I'm writing this article because it just so happens while my group was working on a project and under the pressure of a deadline, one of them accidentaly activated stickykeys and none of us had any idea on how to turn it off.

Hopefully, none of you would encounter this at such a bad time such us we did, so if you have read this article, you'd know what to do in case something like that would happen to you.




And you might want to turn it off permanently on your computer so here's how:

Go to START -> Control Panel then select accessibility, here you can turn it off.


or you could tweak it to your preference.




Hope this helps. =)


from Wikipedia:
Sticky keys is a feature of computer Desktop Environments. It is an accessibility feature to aid users who have physical disabilities. Sticky keys allows the user to press a modifier key, such as Shift, Ctrl, Alt, or the Windows key, and have it remain active until another key is pressed.

On Windows, it is enabled by default and activated by pressing the Shift key 5 times in sequence or by holding down a modifier key for longer than 5 seconds. When sticky keys is activated in Windows, a beep is sounded whenever the Shift, Ctrl, Windows key, or Alt keys are pressed henceforth. It can be disabled by pressing both Shift keys at the same time. Another way to disable it is to press on Ctrl and Shift at the same time.

On KDE, one can enable it in the KDE control center as well as pressing Shift 5 times in sequence or holding down Shift for 8 seconds.

On Windows XP, it can be disabled through the Control Panel's Accessibility options. The shortcut used to re-enable it can also be disabled through the StickyKeys Settings found in the same dialog box.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thankyou so much!! I'm forever getting that dialog because I mindless tapped away on my shift button - and then never remembered which option to choose to "undo it".

Thankfully your post let me quickly change it back to normal :)

hyp_kitsune[PC-Week Author] said...

No problem =)
Glad I could help, hope you check back here sometime soon. ^_^

Anonymous said...

You are the greatest!!!!! It's incredible how annoying this feature can be...If only I had found this earlier...It could have savedme from lots os reboots...

GEORGE said...

HI< I HAVE A PROBLEM BUT AM NOT SURE IF IT HAS TO DO WITH STICK KEYS> my EnTIRE KEYBOARD IS DOING STRANGE> IF I TYPE RANDOMLY IT BECOMES CAPITAL LETTER> I CANT USE THE NUMBERS: I WANT TO PRESS EG ONE TWO TREE AND GET !@#
IT IS TERRIBLE> AND I CANT SELECT TEKST AS IT WILL taKe WHOLE THE FILE OR MULTIPLE FOLDERS> ITS REALLY STICKY ONCE IT DISAPPEARED SUDDENLY BUT IT IS BACK AGAIN AND I AM HOPELESS PLEASE HELP THNX

Anonymous said...

try pressing shift keys at same time like he said maybe it will work if not idk

astalavista said...

thanks a lot... i have been banging my head to disable this on VNC session which i was using on windows... it worked..

Anonymous said...

Thank You. You SAVED me!! Thought I was going to have to recreate a spreadsheet with a years worth of info on it... Went thru various sites thru the help menu that did not help at all, and there you were... my savior!

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