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Using Stickykeys for Computer Accessibility - Windows and Mac

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-02-17 (Rev. 2017-07-02) - StickyKeys is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keyboard keys simultaneously. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Robin.
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Do you have problems holding down two or more keys on your PC?

StickyKeys is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys simultaneously.

When a shortcut requires a key combination, such as CTRL+P, StickyKeys will enable you to press a modifier key (CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT), or the Windows logo key and have it remain active until another key is pressed.

To use sticky keys please try the following:

To change Windows StickyKeys options

  • Open Accessibility Options.
  • On the Keyboard tab, under StickyKeys, click Settings. Do one of the following:
  • To use the shortcut that allows you to turn StickyKeys on or off by by pressing the SHIFT key five times, select the Use shortcut check box.
  • To specify that when a modifier key (CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT), or the Windows logo key is pressed twice in succession, the key will remain active until the key is pressed again, under Options, select the Press modifier key twice to lock check box.
  • To turn off StickyKeys when a modifier key (CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT), or the Windows logo key and another key are pressed simultaneously, under Options, select the Turn StickyKeys off if two keys are pressed at once check box.
  • To play a tone to indicate when a modifier key (CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT), or the Windows logo key is pressed, locked, or released, under Notification, select the Make sounds when modifier key is pressed check box.
  • To display an icon for StickyKeys on the taskbar when StickyKeys is turned on, under Notification, select the Show StickyKeys status on screen check box.

Setting Up Sticky Keys for Mac Computers

  • To set up Sticky Keys for a Mac you need to use the mouse. There is no keyboard shortcut.
  • Bring up the Easy Access window. There is a Sticky Keys portion of the window.
  • Click the "on" button to turn Sticky Keys on.
  • Hit Command + w to close the Easy Access window. If you opened this window using the keyboard, the focus will switch to the Control Panel. You can continue using Command + w to close windows until all of the desired windows are closed.





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