Filter Keys: What Are They & How to Enable Them?

In the modern age, accessibility features play a crucial role in allowing people with special needs to use In the modern age, features designed for accessibility allow people with special needs to use technology on an equal footing with other users.

Windows offers a range of accessibility options to make computing easier for users with accessibility needs. One such feature is Filter Keys, and, in this article, we will look into the details of Windows Filter Keys, their benefits, and how to enable and customize them according to individual preferences.

FilterKeys can be enabled easily on any keyboard | Nuphy

What are Filter Keys?

Filter Keys is an accessibility feature built into Microsoft Windows, available across various versions of the OS. Its primary purpose is to assist users with difficulty typing due to motor impairments. It helps improve typing accuracy and reduces the impact of accidental keystrokes by adjusting keyboard behavior.

This can be particularly useful for individuals with conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Cerebral Palsy that affect fine motor control.

How Filter Keys Work

Filter Keys enhances typing accuracy and minimizes errors through the following mechanisms:

  1. Filter Keys enables the Slow Keys feature, which requires users to hold down a key for some time before it is recognized as an input. This results in the computer not accepting keystrokes caused by unintentional touches of keys on the keyboard.
  2. Another aspect of Filter Keys is the Bounce Keys feature. When enabled, this feature ignores repeated keystrokes that occur within a short period. It helps users who may experience uncontrollable rapid keystrokes, such as a double press or multiple presses from a single press.
  3. Filter Keys allows users to adjust the rate at which a keystroke is repeated when a key is held down. This feature helps individuals who have difficulty controlling the duration of key presses and reduces the likelihood of unintentional repeated keystrokes.

Not only do Filter Keys help someone with typing issues but also if you are someone who types very fast it can be very helpful. While typing fast we become prone to making errors like double pressing a key or misclicking a key.

Below is a possible comparison of someone typing the same paragraph in speed or with mobility issues with and without filter keys.

The first paragraph is an example of a person writing a paragraph without filter keys. Although the errors are more than they normally might be, but they highlight double keypresses and unintentional pressing of keys while moving from one key to another.

Enabling and Setting Up Filter Keys

Let’s now look at how to enable and set up Filter Keys to address these challenges

Enabling Filter Keys Using Shift Key

By following the steps listed below you will be able to Enable Filter Keys in less than 10 seconds!

  1. Press the Shift key on the right-hand side of your keyboard for eight consecutive seconds.
  2. Doing so will open a small tab on the top left side of your screen, asking if you want to turn on Filter Keys.
    Filter Keys Notification
  3. Click on the ‘Yes‘ option in the Filter Keys notification, and the feature will be enabled on your system.

Enabling Filter Keys Through Settings

In case you want to enable and customize the Filter Keys settings you should follow these steps.

  1. Click on the Windows icon on the bottom left of your screen or press the Windows key. Now click on the gear-shaped Settings icon.
  2. Once the new page opens, find “Ease of Access” among the options on the left-hand side of the screen and click on it. Then select “Keyboard” under the “Interaction” heading.
    Keyboard option under Interaction
  3. Scroll down to the “Use Filter Keys” and toggle on the option.
  4. Now that filter keys have been activated, a list of other settings will open up.
  5. In this list, you can control the following things:
    a) Turn on Bounce Keys and set its time duration.
    b) Turn on Slow Keys and set its time duration.
    c) Turn on Repeat Keys and set its time duration.
    Further settings in Filter Keys
  6. You must experiment a bit with the settings and choose a value of time that suits you best. Setting a high value can be inconvenient as response time is prolonged. 

Enabling Filter Keys Through Control Panel

You can also turn on Filter Keys through the control panel using this method:

  1. Open the Windows search bar and search for Control Panel.
  2. Once the Control Panel is launched, click the Ease of Access option.
    Change how your keyboard works option
  3. Select “Change how your keyboard works” under “Ease of Access Center.”
  4. Now enable “Turn on Filter Keys” under Make it easier to type heading.
    Turn on Filter Keys and Set up Filter Keys options
  5. After Filter Keys are activated, click on “Set up Filter Keys” and customize them according to your requirement. 


Filter Keys not only improves the typing experience for individuals with physical impairments but also promotes the broader goal of inclusivity in technology. So, if you’re facing challenges while typing, enable Filter Keys, and you’ll likely see a substantial improvement in your typing accuracy and experience.


Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.