What is Sticky Keys? | Uses of Sticky keys | Sticky Keys turn On | Sticky Keys turn Off permanently

Hello friends, today many of us use computers and know how to use them. We use a keyboard and mouse as input devices. 

Many of us are super gamer and they also use keyboard and mouse to play games. But sometimes we need to press the Shift Key for more time.

Did you experience that when you press shift key for 5 times, you will see a pop up message box like
“Do you want to turn on Sticky Keys? Sticky Keys lets you use the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT or Windows Logo keys by pressing one key at a time. The Keyboard shortcut to turn on Sticky Keys is to press the SHIFT key 5 times.”
this makes you very upset because you really don't know what is sticky keys are? How sticky keys turn on? 

How sticky keys turn off? And how to use sticky keys. 
look at the following image.
Sticky Keys
Fig. 1

So what is Sticky Keys?


Sticky keys are those keys which perform multiple functions by using them in combination. 

Like CTRL+A, CTRL+C, ALT+CTRL+DEL etc. these are sticky keys or function keys.

But sometimes, Handicapped person or finger injured person can’t use these function keys by holding one or more keys. 

These ‘sticky keys turn on’ functions can help them to perform these types of functions.

Uses of sticky keys

‘Sticky keys’ is a function of GUI (Graphical User Interface) which is specially used for Handicapped person or Fingers injured persons to perform multi key functions like SHIFT+CTRL+DEL. 

Traditionally, when we want to copy something by using shortcut CTRL+C in this function we must hold CTRL key then press C. 

But using Sticky keys, you don’t need to hold one or many keys to perform this type of function.

If you are a handicapped or fingers injured person then use Sticky keys to perform multi key function. To use sticky keys, follow these steps.

Press the SHIFT key for 5 times and you will turn on sticky keys (you will show a pop up box like in the above image. 

Click on the ‘Yes’ button). Look at your taskbar at the Right side, there will be some square shaped keys shown.

Suppose we want to open a task manager with shortcut keys CTRL+ALT+DEL using one hand or one finger.

Using sticky keys, you do not need to hold any key. Just press CTRL leave it, then press ALT leave it and then press DEL key. You will open Task Manager. 

That's all. Like this you can perform many multi function keys to perform this type of function.

Sticky keys turn on:

Sometimes you want to use sticky keys, then how do sticky keys turn on?

It's very simple, just press the SHIFT key 5 times. You will hear a ‘beep’ and see a dialog box open (fig. 1) click on the ‘Yes’ button to activate the sticky key function.
Fig. 2


Look at your task bar at the 
right side. There is a four squared icon. See fig. 2. That means you have activated the sticky key function. 

Now you're ready to use the sticky key function.

Sticky keys turn Off:

If you have accidentally activated sticky keys or your sticky keys function has finished and want sticky keys turned off then press and hold any function key then press any other function key. 

You will successfully turn off sticky keys function. You can turn off sticky keys by pressing SHIFT keys 5 times too.

Sticky keys turn Off Permanently:

If you accidentally re-activate the sticky keys and you want to turn them off permanently, it is very easy.

Just open control panel > Ease of Access center > Make the keyboard easier to use > set up sticky keys > then untick turn on sticky keys when SHIFT is five times. 

Then click on apply and OK. you have successfully turned off Sticky keys function permanently. 

If you want to activate it again then follow the above steps and tick mark turn on sticky keys when SHIFT is five times.

So this is how we see, what are sticky keys? Use of sticky keys, how to turn on sticky keys and how to turn them off.

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