Can't Turn Off Sticky Keys

How To Turn Off/Disable Sticky Keys In Windows 10

If you are a Windows operating system user, then most probably you have the Sticky Keys feature built in into your operating system, unless you are using older than Windows 95 Windows version. Sticky Keys is one of the several accessibility options available in Windows operating systems and it can be both useful and annoying, especially if you do not need them. However, it can be useful for users with certain disabilities and can help to make complex commands easier.

Usually Sticky Keys are generated when you press the Shift key on your keyboard five times in a row and the main purpose of this feature is to help users who are having problems with pressing multiple keys at the same time. For example, if you want to open Task Manager which is usually done by using a keyboard shortcut, by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc simultaneously (while holding each key pressed) you can do it another way - by pressing Ctrl, then Alt, and then the Esc key without having to hold them pressed at the same time by using the Sticky Keys feature. However, many users have reported that they are unable to disable the Sticky Keys feature and it keeps annoying them.

In order to fix this problem you might need to edit Windows Registry, scan your computer for malware, check if the Sticky Keys feature is disabled, reinstall your keyboard drivers, check for the latest Windows Updates and some other things. In this guide we are going to show you how to apply these methods by providing detailed descriptions and screenshots. Read the guide below and find out how.

NOTE: Sticky Keys may be important for some users and you should turn off any accessibility features only if no one else is using that particular computer. Do not turn off any accessibility features on a computer if you are not the only one who is using the computer, for example if the computer you are using is in the school, some public library etc.

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Edit Windows Registry

Windows Registry, usually referred to as just the registry, is a collection of databases of configuration settings in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is used to store much of the information and settings for software programs, hardware devices, user preferences, operating system configurations, and much more. Many of the options exposed in the registry are not accessible elsewhere in Windows. In this guide we are going to show you how to edit Accessibility registry keys and how to change values in StickyKeys, Keyboard Response and ToggleKeys. To do so, you will need to open Run dialog box first. Press Windows Windows key + R or right-click Start and select "Run" and type "regedit". Press Enter or click "OK".

edit windows registry step 1

To disable StickyKeys, Keyboard Response and ToggleKeys, follow this path: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\" and select the "StickyKeys" key. Double-click the "Flags" REG_SZ file in the right pane and change the Flags value data to "506". Click "OK" to save the changes.

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Now select the "Keyboard Response" key, double-click the "Flags" REG_SZ in the right pane and change the Flags value data to "122". Click "OK" to save the changes.

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Now select the "ToggleKeys" key, double-click the "Flags" REG_SZ in the right pane and change the Flags value data to "58". Click "OK" to save the changes.

edit windows registry step 4

See if the Sticky Keys are now turned off. If editing Windows Registry could not solve the problem, then we recommend you do undo the changes by entering the previously set values.

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Check Windows Settings

Another thing you might want to try is to check Windows Settings and to see if Sticky Keys feature is disabled. To do so, go to Settings and click the "Ease of Access" option.

check windows settings step 1

Select the Keyboard section on the left pane and make sure that the "Use Sticky Keys" option is disabled (off). Additionally you can try to disable the "Allow the shortcut key to start Sticky Keys" by unticking its checkbox.

check windows settings step 2

Additionally you can try to disable the "Use Toggle Keys" and "Use Filter Keys" features as well.

Now type "control panel" in Search and click the "Control Panel" result.

check windows settings step 3

Find and click the "Ease of Access Center" option.

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Now click the "Make the keyboard easier to use" option.

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Make sure that the "Turn on Sticky Keys" checkbox is unticked and click "Apply" to save the changes (if there were any made).

check windows settings step 6

See if the Sticky Keys are now disabled and the problem is solved.

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Reinstall Keyboard Drivers

Device driver is a software that informs the operating system and other software how to interact with particular hardware. It is rather like a translator between software and hardware, since they often are created by different manufacturers, companies, or people. The driver facilitates smooth communication between hardware and software. In most cases, computers are unable to send and receive data correctly without drivers. If the appropriate driver is not installed, the device might not function properly, if at all. In order to reinstall Keyboard drivers open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start button and selecting "Device Manager" result from the contextual menu or type "device manager" in Search and click the "Device Manager" result.

reinstall keyboard drivers step 1

In Device Manager you will see a list of devices connected to your computer. Expand the Keyboards section, right-click your keyboard and click the "Uninstall device" option.

reinstall keyboard drivers step 2

Click the "Uninstall" button to confirm the uninstall.

reinstall keyboard drivers step 3

Restart your computer and the missing keyboard drivers should be installed by Windows automatically. If for some reason Windows could not or won't install the missing (uninstalled) drivers, then go to Device Manager again and right-click your computer name, select "Scan for hardware changes". It should detect missing drivers and install them.

reinstall keyboard drivers step 4

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Update Windows

If there is some bug in your Windows operating system, then it is possible that it is causing problems with the Sticky Keys. Usually Windows gets updated automatically, however, you could also try to check for Windows updates manually and see if there are any updates available. To check for Windows Updates, type "check for updates" in Search and click the "Check for updates" result.

update windows step 1

You should be automatically directed to the Windows Update section. Click "Check for updates". Windows will start checking for updates. If there are updates available, install them. After the updates are installed (if there were any to install), restart your computer and see if the problem still persists.

update windows step 2

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Scan Your System For Malware

It is possible that you have some malware installed on your computer and it is causing the problem with Sticky Keys. We recommend you to use Windows Defender (built-in antivirus program) which protects your computer against viruses, spyware, other malicious software and scan your system. Or you can run any other third-party antivirus if you have one installed. To run full system scan using Windows Defender type "virus" in Search and click on the "Virus & threat protection" result.

scan your system for malware step 1

In the Virus & threat protection window find and click "Run a new advanced scan" option.

scan your system for malware step 2

You will see a list of advanced scans. We recommend you to choose the "Full scan" which will check all files and running programs on your hard disk but it will take some time, usually it takes more than one hour to complete. To start Full scan click "Scan now" when the "Full scan" option is selected.

scan your system for malware step 3

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Other Solutions

It is possible that you are using a faulty keyboard and that is why you cannot disable the Sticky Keys feature. Try to connect a different keyboard and see if that solves the problem. If you are using a laptop, then try to turn of the Num Lock key. Some users reported that simply disabling the Num Lock key actually solved the problem for them. Another thing that might solve the problem is to press both left and right Shift keys at the same time. Try to press both Shift keys at the same time or press one and then another while still holding the first one.

That's it, we hope that one of the methods solved the problem for you and you were able to disable the Sticky Keys. If there is another method which solved this problem for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below.

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