Enable or Disable Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys in Windows 7

Enable or Disable Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys in Windows 7

While discussing the Windows Ease of Access Center and increasing accessibility on Windows 7, we mentioned features like Narrator and On-screen Keyboard that help with day-to-day computing tasks. One feature we overlooked is the option to make the keyboard easier to use.

The Windows Ease of Access Center offers multiple features to improve usability on the computer. However, opinions on these features are mixed – some users find them helpful while others consider them annoying. Today, we will explore how to enable and use these features for those who find them beneficial, or disable them permanently for those who do not.

Sticky Keys, Filter Keys and Toggle Keys

Ever pressed the Shift key 5 times in a row? You may have seen a popup box asking if you want to enable/disable these keys. Before we do that, let’s understand what these features are and how they can help us.

To access these options, open Ease of Access Center and click on “Make the keyboard easier to use.” Scroll down to the section “Make it easier to type” to turn on/off Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys, and Filter Keys.

Enable or Disable Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys in Windows 7Enable or Disable Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys in Windows 7

Let’s quickly examine the functions of these keys.

Toggle Keys

Most of the time while typing I accidentally press the Caps Lock button instead of the ‘A’ key and then continue in uppercase, realizing only after I’ve typed two to three sentences. Toggle Keys feature can come in handy in these situations. After enabling this feature, you will hear a notification sound whenever you press Caps, Num, and Scroll Lock keys.

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Sticky Keys

Sticky Keys stick Alt, Ctrl, Del, and Windows Logo buttons even after release, enabling windows shortcut operations without simultaneous pressing. Suppose you enable Sticky keys and want to open Windows Explorer using shortcut keys. You can press and release the Windows button, then press the E key, even after some time, to access the Explorer window.

Enable or Disable Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys in Windows 7

There are advanced settings you can configure in Sticky keys. Click on the link Setup Sticky Keys to configure the settings.

Turn on Filter Keys

Enable or Disable Sticky Keys, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys in Windows 7

Filter keys ignore accidental keystrokes while typing. After enabling the feature, configuring the default response time is necessary to avoid delays in writing.

Enable and try these features today. Checkmark the ones you want to activate. To disable them, uncheck the box and save the settings.

Share your views on these accessibility features. Are they useful or unnecessary?

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