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Step-by-step instructions on how to turn on and use StickyKeys

To turn ' StickyKeys ' on:

  1. Open the ' start ' menu by clicking the ' start ' button or by pressing the ' Windows ' logo key or alternatively pressing 'Ctrl' + ' Esc '.
  2. Click ' Settings ' or press the letter ' S ' on the keyboard.
  3. Click ' Control Panel ' or press the letter ' C ' on the keyboard.
  4. Double click on ' Accessibility Options ' or press the ' A ' key repeatedly until 'Accessibility Options ' is highlighted and then press ' Enter'. The 'Accessibility Options' properties box should now be displayed and as default this window will display the current keyboard settings. (see Fig 1).

Accessibility icon

If for any reason your machine does not display the ' Accessibility Options ' icon shown above , Windows Accessibility has been optionally removed, or not installed. You will need to install it from your original Windows CD-Rom. You can consult either the manual, or the Windows Help for details on how to reinstall these options onto your computer.

  1. If you are not already looking at the Keyboard tab, either click on it or press ' Ctrl ' + ' Tab ' until it is at the front.
  2. Click the checkbox marked ' Use StickeyKeys ' or alternatively press ' Alt ' + ' U ' on the keyboard, which puts a tick in the box.
  3. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to confirm your choice and exit ' Accessibility Options ' and return to Windows.

Accessibility Options Dialog box
Fig 1

StickyKeys modes

' StickyKeys ' operates in two modes; Latched mode and Locked mode: Any and all of the modifier keys ( ' Shift ' , ' Ctrl ' , and ' Alt ' ) can be latched or locked in combination.

Latched mode: Tapping once on a modifier key such as ' Shift ' , ' Ctrl ' , and ' Alt ' puts it into Latched mode. So the key pressed is held down for you until you release the mouse button or press a key that is not a modifier key. If the ' StickyKeys ' sound features are enabled, you will hear a short low-beep/high-beep. When the next non-modifier key is pressed, the modifier key(s) are released.

Locked mode: Tapping twice in succession on a modifier key such as ' Shift ' , ' Ctrl ' , and ' Alt ' puts it into Locked mode. If the ' StickyKeys ' sound features are enabled, you will hear a short low-beep/high-beep after the first tap and a single high beep after the second tap. Once a modifier key is locked, it stays locked until it is pressed a third time. It is possible however to disable the Locked mode of ' StickyKeys ' by making sure the ' Press modifier key twice to lock ' option box is not checked.


Adjusting StickyKeys settings

' StickyKeys ' has a number of settings you can change, to do so:

  1. Repeat steps 1 - 5 (and step 6 if you have not turned on ' Stickykeys ' )
  2. Click on ' Settings ' next to ' Stickykeys ' or press ' Alt ' + ' S ' to bring up the ' Settings for StickyKeys' box as shown in Fig 2.

Settings for StickyKeys Dialog box
Fig 2

  1. Select one or more of the following options:

Use shortcut

If the ' Use shortcut ' is enabled, ' StickyKeys ' can be turned on or off by using a hot key (which is pressing the ' Shift ' key five times). If you have the sound features of ' StickyKeys ' enabled, you will hear a rising siren tone when ' StickyKeys ' is turned on or off using the hot key:

  • Enable this by clicking the use shortcut checkbox or pressing ' Alt ' +' U ' to check the box.

Press modifier key twice to lock

Having the option ' Press modifier key twice to lock ' checked means that you can latch and lock the modifier keys. It is possible however to disable the Locked mode of ' StickyKeys ' by making sure the ' Press modifier key twice to lock ' box is not checked:

  • Enable this by clicking the ' Press modifier key twice to lock ' checkbox or by pressing ' Alt ' + ' P '.

Turn StickyKeys off if two keys are pressed at once

If the ' Turn StickyKeys off if two keys are pressed at once ' option is enabled, ' StickyKeys ' automatically switches off when it detects two keys held down at the same time. This can be particularly useful for shared computers.

  • Enable this by clicking the ' Turn StickyKeys off if two keys are pressed at once ' checkbox or by pressing ' Alt ' + ' T '.

Make sounds when modifier key is pressed

Some people do not like to have keyboard sounds, while others find them useful. You can turn feedback sounds on or off in the ' StickyKeys ' properties by using the option Make sounds when modifier key is pressed.

  • Enable this by clicking the ' Make sounds when modifier key is pressed ' checkbox or by pressing ' Alt ' + ' M '.

Show StickyKeys status on screen

When the Show ' StickyKeys ' status on screen option is checked, three small boxes appear in the system tray near your clock, to show when StickyKeys is running.(Fig 3)

Settings for StickyKeys Dialog box
Fig 3

  • Enable this by clicking the ' Show StickyKeys status on screen ' checkbox or by pressing ' Alt ' + ' S '.

  1. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the ' Accessibility Options ' page.
  2. Click ' OK ' or press ' Enter ' to return to the Windows.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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