Turn on the StickyKeys feature

Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time by putting files or commands you use often right at your fingertips. Some keyboard shortcuts, however, require you to hold down three keys at a time. If you want to use a keyboard shortcut but find it difficult to hold down two or three keys at the same time, StickyKeys makes it easy. When a shortcut requires a key combination, the StickyKeys feature in Microsoft Windows XP lets you press a key, such as SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT, and keep it active until another key is pressed. StickyKeys is also helpful when you want to type uppercase letters without holding down SHIFT while you press each letter key.

To activate StickyKeys


Press the SHIFT key five times. A dialog box opens with instructions on how to set up the StickyKeys feature.


Click OK.

StickyKeys dialog box with OK button selected

An icon (a group of squares) appears in the notification area.

StickyKeys icon in notification area

With StickyKeys enabled, you can press and release the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or Windows logo key, and Windows XP will hold the key down for you until you press the next key. For example, to type a capital A, you could press and release SHIFT, and then press and release the A key.

To turn off StickyKeys, press the SHIFT key five times, and then click Cancel in the StickyKeys dialog box.


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