Windows has plenty of buried features—and a few are tied to keyboard shortcuts that most users stumble across accidentally. For example, take Sticky Keys, which is an accessibility feature. It lets you execute keyboard shortcuts without having to hold down the Alt, Ctrl, Shift, or Windows keys while pressing the other key(s). You can enable it by tapping the Shift key five times; a prompt will open asking if you want to use Sticky Keys.
This activation shortcut is handy for discovering the feature, but if you accidentally enable it as result (or have what you were doing interrupted by the prompt), it can be a nuisance. Good news is that you can disable Sticky Keys very easily. Here’s how.
Open the Settings app, then click on Ease of Access. In the navigation bar on the left, scroll toward the bottom. Under the Interaction heading, click on Keyboard.
Step 2: Find the Use Sticky Keys section
In the Ease of Access keyboard settings, the second item should be for Sticky Keys. If the feature is currently disabled, you’ll see two options. One is a toggle to enable or disable Sticky Keys and the other is a checkbox for Allow the shortcut key to start Sticky Keys.
If Sticky Keys is currently on and you want it off, flip the toggle. Otherwise, if you like it on, you can leave it as is and instead customize your experience. To disable the automatic prompt that pops up when you spam the Shift key, uncheck the box. You can have Sticky Keys turned on while the prompt is turned off.
Step 1: Open the Accessibility settings
In the search bar on your taskbar, type accessibility keyboard settings. Choose Accessibility keyboard settings(System settings) in the search results that appear.
Step 2: Change the Sticky Key settings
To turn off Sticky Keys, flip the toggle to off. Click on the setting’s block (not the toggle) to customize the feature, which includes disabling the Shift key shortcut to turn it on or off.
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