Sticky Keys are a great feature in Windows that allow the use of multiple keys such as Shift and Ctrl. You can use these keys regardless if you are pressing them or not. However, there at certain times when this feature can be accidently activated by pressing the Shift key several times. This can cause the a pop up to appear on the screen indicating that sticky keys have been activated. This popup is forced to minimize anything that’s running on front such as a game, and it can be really annoying when that happens.
If you have accidently activated the Sticky key feature and are wondering how to disable it, then the following guide provides you easy methods to disable the Sticky keys feature in Windows.
Workaround: Use Modifier Keys
If you are constantly getting the Sticky keys popups then as a workaround you can use the simplest method to disable this feature. Simply press any of the two modifier keys such as Ctrl, Windows, Shift and Alt, at the same time and deactivate the sticky keys on Windows easily.
1. Disable the sticky key shortcut
When you are unable to disable the sticky keys, there is a possibility that you do not have the shortcut turned off. Having the shortcut turned on by default will prevent you from disabling this feature. Therefore, you must follow the instructions below to turn off the sticky keys shortcut for both Windows 10/11:
For Windows 11
- Press the Win + I keys together to open the Windows Settings.
- Navigate to Accessibilities > Keyboard.
- Click on the arrow next to the Sticky keys option.
- Turn off the toggle button of the “Keyboard shortcut for Sticky Keys” option. `
- This will disable the sticky key shortcut in Windows 11.
For Windows 10
- Open the Windows Settings with the Win +I keys.
- Navigate to Ease of Access > Keyboard.
- Under “Use Sticky Keys“, turn off the toggle button.
- Uncheck the “Allow shortcut key to start Sticky Keys” box.
- This will disable the sticky key shortcut in Windows 10.
2. Disable sticky keys from the control panel
If you are still receiving the endless cycle of the Sticky Key popup, then you can deactivate the feature entirely from the control panel. To do that, you can follow the step by step instructions we have listed below:
- Open the Run Command by pressing the Win + R keys together.
- Type “Control Panel” and press the Enter key.
- Click on the “View by” option.
- Select “Category” to view options in categories on the page.
- Open the “East and Access” page.
- Uncheck the “Always read this section aloud” box under “Quick access to common tools.”
- Navigate to Ease and Access Center > Make the keyboard easier to use.
- Uncheck the “Turn on Sticky Keys” box and open the “Set up Sticky keys” option.
- Uncheck “Turn on Sticky keys when SHIFT is pressed five times” option under “Keyboard shortcut”.
- Click Apply to save the changes.
- Uncheck the “Turn on Filter Keys” box and open the “Set up Filter keys” option.
- Uncheck “Turn on Filter keys when SHIFT is pressed five times” option.
- Confirm the changes by pressing the Apply and OK option.