Using StickyKeys

StickyKeys is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys at a time. When a shortcut requires a key combination such as Ctrl+P, StickyKeys allows you to press one key at a time instead of pressing them simultaneously.

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To turn on StickyKeys using your mouse

  1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, click Switch to Classic View in the left pane of Control Panel.

  3. Click Accessibility Options to open the Accessibility Options dialog box. Click the Keyboard tab, and then select the Use StickyKeys check box.

  4. Click Settings to open the Settings for StickyKeys dialog box. Select the options you want by selecting or clearing the check boxes. Click OK, click OK again, and then click the Close button in Control Panel.

To turn on StickyKeys using your keyboard

  1. Display the Start menu by pressing Ctrl+Esc (or the Windows logo key). Then open Control Panel by pressing C.

  2. In Control Panel, make sure you are in Classic View, with all Control Panel icons showing. If not, go to the left pane of Control Panel and open Switch to Classic View by pressing Tab and then Enter. Press the arrow keys to move to Accessibility, and then press Enter.

  3. In the Accessibility Options dialog box, on the Keyboard tab, select the Use StickyKeys check box by pressing U.

  4. Press S for Settings. The Settings for StickyKeys dialog box will open and you will have the following options:

    • Press U to select the Use shortcut check box. This will allow you to turn StickyKeys on or off by pressing the Shift key five times.

    • Press P to select the Press modifier key twice to lock check box. This will allow you to lock a modifier key, such as the Ctrl, Alt, Shift or the Windows logo key if you press it twice in succession.

    • Press T to select the Turn StickyKeys off if two keys are pressed at once check box. This will allow you to turn off StickyKeys when a modifier key such as Ctrl, Alt, Shift or the Windows logo key and another key are pressed simultaneously.

    • Press M to select the Make sounds when modifier key is pressed check box. This will allow you to play a tone that indicates when a modifier key such as Ctrl, Alt, Shift or the Windows logo key is pressed, locked, or released.

    • Press S to select the Show StickyKeys status on screen check box. This will display a StickyKeys icon on the taskbar when StickyKeys is turned on.

  5. Press Enter twice to exit Accessibility Options.

  6. Close Control Panel by pressing Alt+F, C.