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How to Disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys In Windows 7

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Windows 7 Sticky Keys can be useful for people with faulty keyboards, or individuals who don’t like to press more than one key at a time..???  For everyone else, Sticky Keys is hands down one of the biggest annoyances Microsoft has ever implemented IMOP.  Along with Sticky Keys comes its ugly cousin, Filter Keys.

By default in Windows 7, Sticky Keys and Filter Keys are turned off but the built-in keyboard shortcuts to activate them are not.  Pressing Shift 5 times in a row will activate the Sticky Keys pop-up, likewise Holding down Right Shift for 8 seconds will activate Filter keys.  Although it’s seldom (however it’s been happening a lot recently with my new notebook), it’s annoying when you accidentally trigger the hotkeys.  So, let’s get rid of these pop-ups and annoyances for good!

How To Turn Off Sticky Keys and Filter Keys in Windows 7

1.   Click your Windows 7 Start Orb [Hotkey: Win], and Type Ease of Access Center.  It should appear in the Search Results.  Just Click it to Open.

You can also get to it from the Control Panel.  Once in the Control Panel change your view to icons, and then Click Ease of Access Center. Be careful if your speakers are on loud, the Windows narrator will start talking while in this panel.

Go into the Ease of Access Center through the windows 7 control panel

2.   Scroll down the Ease of Access Center list and Click Make the keyboard easier to use.

click the make the keyboard easier to use link

3.   In the new dialog under Make it easier to type, Click Set up Sticky Keys.  You’ll come back to this after and do Set up Filter Keys.

click set up sticky keys, you'll come back later and click set up filter keys

4.   In the Sticky Keys window, Uncheck the box for Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed five times.  Next Click OK and go into the Set up Filter Keys dialog.

uncheck the box for turn on sticky keys when shift is pressed five times then click ok

5.   In the Filter Keys dialog, Uncheck the box Turn on Filter Keys when right SHIFT is pressed for 8 seconds.  Click OK to continue.

click to uncheck the box turn on filter keys when right shift is pressed for 8 seconds then click ok

6.   Toggle Keys can also be annoying if you are using sound, Uncheck the box Turn on Toggle Keys by holding down the NUM LOCK key for 5 seconds.  Then Click OK to save changes and finish.

uncheck and turn off toggle keys if you use sound, its annoying



  1. ShockerSH

    December 9, 2009 at 8:51 am

    You know.. this happens to me ALL THE TIME. I just never took the time to figure out if it was even possible to disable.

    Great tip.

  2. bob

    September 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    thx sooooooooooo much

  3. bob

    September 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    thx sooooooo muchhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MrGroove

      September 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      Your Welcome ;)

  4. meng

    December 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    after i disable all those settings,i cant use my keyboard when i want to type my password to login to the using windows 7 Professional. i’ve to click on the ease of access at the left side of the windows to disable the last setting(fliter keys) which is allow me to use my keyboard to type my password.after i restart the laptop,it happened again.i’ve to disable the last setting of ease of access all the time.anybody can help me?please.billion of thanks.

  5. anon

    January 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    That’s nice, but where is the group policy or registry setting to set this?

  6. bhushan

    January 21, 2012 at 5:40 am

    thanxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx so much

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    May 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

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  8. wayne kay

    February 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    In Windows 7, 64 bit, tried the above and this turned off the sticky and filter keys, but this did not permanently disable them and upon the next boot-up, they were back again–so much so that I could not use the keyboard to enter my password.

    How do I get rid of them for good.

    Wayne Kay

  9. Dusty Rhodes

    September 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you so much for showing me how to undo the sticky key.

  10. Danuja

    December 20, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Thank you very much it was very use full to me.

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