Problem: Sticky Keys takes me out of my games! How to turn it off?
Are you playing your favorite game and Windows decides to minimize it and ask something about Sticky Keys? Does it do that each time you have to press the SHIFT key repeatedly? Luckily, this annoyance can be turned off and we have the solution for you. It applies to Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Let’s get started:
Problem description: I play a game and press the SHIFT key. Then, Sticky Keys are turned on!
You play a game where you need to press the SHIFT key often, like when riding your horse in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. When you do that, Windows minimizes your game and displays a Sticky Keys prompt, asking whether you want to turn on Sticky Keys. It then says that Sticky Keys lets you use the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or Windows Logo keys by pressing one key at a time.
When you are playing your game and Windows decides to exit the game and ask you this, you immediately press No. The problem is that, the next time you need to use the SHIFT key repeatedly, Windows takes you out of your game and asks you the same thing, AGAIN. This is infuriating. Here’s how to fix this problem for good:
The solution: Completely disable Sticky Keys in Windows
There are two ways to disable this feature. The first is, when you see the Sticky Keys prompt. If you don’t see it right now, press the SHIFT key five times in a row and it shows up. Then, click or tap the link that says: “Go to the Ease of Access Center to disable the keyboard shortcut.”
This takes you to the “Set up Sticky Keys” window. Make sure to uncheck all options that say “Turn on Sticky Keys.” Then, click or tap OK or Apply.
A second method is to open the Control Panel. If you don’t know how to do that, read these guides:
- 8 ways to start the Control Panel in Windows 10
- Introducing Windows 8.1: 9 Ways to Access the Control Panel
There, go to Ease of Access and then to Ease of Access Center. Here, find the link which says “Make the keyboard easier to use.” You will have to scroll down in order to find it.
You see the options for making the keyboard easier to use. Look for the “Make it easier to type” section and click or tap “Set up Sticky Keys.”
Now you can “Set up Sticky Keys.” Uncheck all the options that say “Turn on Sticky Keys.” Then, click or tap OK or Apply.
You can now close the Control Panel and the Sticky Keys feature is turned off forever. It will no longer annoy you when playing games.
What are Sticky Keys anyway?
Now that you know how to fix this annoyance in Windows, you may ask yourself: what the h*** is Sticky Keys? It is an accessibility feature of Windows that is designed to help people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys simultaneously. For example, they may need to write an uppercase letter. They have to hold the SHIFT key simultaneously with the letter they want to type. Since they have a disability that doesn’t let them do this, if Sticky Keys is turned on, when they press modifier keys like CTRL, ALT, SHIFT or the Windows logo, the key remains active until another key is pressed. Therefore, in order to type something like capital W, people with disabilities need to press SHIFT and then W, instead of SHIFT + W at the same time. Also, when you press these modifier keys, Windows beeps, so that you know a modifier key was registered by Sticky Keys.
For people with disabilities, this feature may be highly useful while for others, it is very annoying, especially for gamers who are taken out of their games just because they press the SHIFT key rather often.
What game were you playing when you were annoyed by Sticky Keys in Windows?
We were annoyed by Sticky Keys when playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on our Windows 10 computer. When you need to ride a horse in this game, you have to press the SHIFT key repeatedly, so that it gallops as fast as possible. Imagine our frustration when Windows decided to minimize the game and ask us about Sticky Keys. What about you? What game were you playing? Tell us your story in the comments below.