If you like to play games on your keyboard, you probably use Shift key quite frequently. Also, there is a high possibility that you are familiar with a situation where amid the battle you furiously press Shift many times and out of nowhere a game minimizes itself and you see on a screen weird message about sticky keys. This feature is not new on Windows. In fact, Windows has a feature called “Sticky Keys” since the days of Windows XP. It is a quite convenient feature for very specific kind of users but for the average consumer sticky keys sometimes becomes a real pain in the butt. This article is going to tell you how to turn off Sticky Keys on Windows 10.
And yes, by “Sticky Keys” we mean software feature, not literally sticky keys on your keyboard.
What are Sticky Keys After All?
Long story short, this feature is for those unable to hold Ctrl + Alt + Delete and other key sequences at the same time. Such users enable Sticky Keys feature and thus they can input keyboard shortcuts with no need to hold different buttons altogether.
When the Sticky Keys feature is enabled, you can see the special icon in the notification area.
How to Disable Sticky Keys on Windows 10?
If you want to disable Sticky Keys on your Windows 10 PC, there are few ways you can do it. As usual, we begin with the simplest one.
- To turn off Sticky Keys, hit the Shift key quickly five times in a row. Your PC will beep at you and show the following small dialogue window. Click Disable this Shortcut in … This will get you straight to the Windows Settings and Ease of Access section.
- Alternatively, you can press Win + I on your keyboard and go to Ease of Access – Keyboard.
- Uncheck Allow the shortcut to start Sticky Keys under the Use Sticky Keys section. Do note that this shortcut works even if you have Sticky Keys disabled. Be sure to uncheck the proper box, otherwise, it will pop up again next time you use abuse your Shift key.
That’s it. Now the Sticky Key shortcut is disabled so you can smash the Shift key with no fear of a game being minimized.
How to Turn Off Sticky Keys on Windows 8 and Windows 7?
If you use Windows 8.1 or earlier (this also works on Windows 10), you can turn off Sticky Keys another way.
- Open the Control Panel (you can hit Win + R and enter control command to launch it quickly from everywhere).
- Go to Ease of Access Center.
- Find the Make the keyboard easier to use link and click it.
- Next, hit the Set up Sticky Keys link.
- Lastly, on the next screen, uncheck the Turn on Sticky Keys when Shift is pressed five times.
Done. From now on, Sticky Keys prompt won’t disturb your gaming or working sessions. And for your information: you can still use Sticky Keys even when the primary shortcut is disabled. All you need to do is to enable it manually from the Ease of Access settings section.