How to Disable or Stop Sticky Keys Pop-up Prompt in Windows

Don’t like the annoying sticky keys prompt popping up when you press the Shift key repeatedly? Here’s a way to stop Sticky Keys prompt in Windows.

When you press the Shift Key five times continuously, you will see a popup prompt asking if you’d like to enable Sticky Keys functionality in Windows. In case you don’t know, Sticky Keys is an accessibility functionality. When enabled, the modifier keys like Ctrl, Alt, and Shift remain active even after you release the key. This allows you to press the combination keys or keyboard shortcuts without holding the keys.

For example, after enabling the sticky keys functionality, to copy something you can press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys separately rather than holding down the Ctrl key and then pressing the C key. As you can guess, this is very helpful for differently-abled people.

As good as the feature, the sticky keys prompt can be annoying at times. This is especially true when playing games where pressing the Shift key repeatedly is very common.

Though most software and games automatically block the sticky keys functionality on their own. It is not perfect or applicable to the entire system. In those cases, you can use built-in options in Windows to stop Sticky keys popup prompt. Let me show you how.

1] Stops Sticky Keys Prompt from PC Settings App (Windows 10)

If you are using Windows 10, the PC Settings app provides an easy way to disable Sticky keys permanently. All you have to do is uncheck a checkbox and you are done. Here’s how.

1. First, open the Notification Center and click on the “All Settings” button to open the PC Settings app. You can also press the Win + I keyboard shortcut to open the same.

2. In the Settings app, go to the “Ease of Access” page.

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3. Here, click on the “Keyboard” tab on the left panel. On the right panel, toggle the switch under Sticky Keys to the “OFF” position and then uncheck the “Allow the shortcut key to start Sticky Keys” option.

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That is it. From now on, no matter how many times you press the Shift key, the Sticky Keys prompt won’t appear.

2] From Control Panel (Windows 7 & 8)

If you are using Windows 7 or 8, you can use the good old control panel to stop Sticky Keys prompt.

1. First, open the start menu, search for “Control Panel” and click on the result to open Control Panel.

2. In the control panel, select “Category” view and then click on the “Ease of Access” link.

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3. In the Ease of Access page, click on the “Change how your keyboard works” link.

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4. Now, uncheck “Turn on Sticky Keys” checkbox and click on the “Set up Sticky Keys” link appearing right under it.

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5. On the page, uncheck the “Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times” checkbox. Click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save changes.

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You are done. From now on, the Sticky Keys prompt will not open when you press the Shift Key repeatedly.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to disable CAPS lock key and some of the most useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts.

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