Software & Apps Windows How to Turn off Sticky Keys on Windows Disable this keyboard feature many find annoying in Windows 10, 8, and 7 by Daniel Anglin Seitz Writer Dan Seitz is a tech writer with 10 years of experience writing about apps, gaming, and more. His work has appeared on Uproxx.com and other outlets. our editorial process LinkedIn Daniel Anglin Seitz Updated on May 08, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email If your computer executes commands you didn't want it to, like punctuating words in the middle of sentences, the problem may source to sticky keys, a process where instead of holding down a key to perform a command, you tap 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? Every keyboard uses modifier keys, keys that change the function of a letter key. The most commonly used one is Shift, which changes lowercase letters to uppercase. Depending on the programs you use on your computer, you can also use Ctrl, Alt, the Windows key on Windows devices, and the Command key on Macs. Sticky keys assist people with disabilities or who suffer from repetitive stress injuries. Instead of holding down a key, you can tap it and it will stay “down” until you press a button. In Windows 7, 8, or 10, try this feature by pressing the Shift key five times. A box pops up asking you if you want to enable sticky keys. Afterward, 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 long periods of 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, it can be useful while you track down which key you want to press. Otherwise, they're probably not worth leaving on. How to Turn off Sticky Keys on Windows 10 The simplest way to turn sticky keys on and off in Windows 10 is the above technique. If you press Shift five times with sticky keys enabled, it will shut it off. You can also press any two keys simultaneously, and that will disable it. If the above doesn't work, or you want to turn off this shortcut in Settings, follow these steps: Press the Windows Key or select the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner and select Settings, represented with a "gear" icon. Select Ease of Access > Keyboard You can also reach this menu by pressing Win+U. Scroll down and select the Sticky Keys toggle to set it to off. You can also disable the shortcut here. Lifewire Scroll down to Make It Easier To Type. Verify that both the warning message and make-a-sound options are enabled, so you won't turn sticky keys on by accident. How to Turn off Sticky Keys on Windows 7 and 8 Windows 7 and 8 also uses the "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: Open the Control Panel. Select Ease of Access > Make the Keyboard Easier To Use In Windows 8, you can also do Win+U if your keyboard has a Windows key. Scroll down to Make it Easier To Type and check or uncheck Turn on Sticky Keys. Then select Apply.