Full Fix: Sticky Keys won’t turn off on Windows 10, 8.1, 7
Sticky Keys might be useful for some users, but most Windows 10 users instantly turn this feature off because it interferes with their work. Few users reported that Sticky Keys won’t turn off on their computer, and that can cause a lot of inconveniences, so let’s see how to fix this problem.
Fix Windows 10 Sticky Keys won’t turn off
Sticky Keys are an accessibility feature that is useful for some users, however, many users reported problems with this feature. In this article we’re going to cover the following topics regarding Sticky Keys:
- Can’t turn off Sticky Keys Windows 7 – Many users reported this problem on Windows 7. Although Windows 10 and Windows 7 are bit different, most solutions from this article can be applied to Windows 7, so be sure to try them.
- Sticky Keys won’t turn off Windows 8 – Unlike Windows 7, Windows 8 is more similar to Windows 10, and if you’re having problems with Sticky Keys, feel free to try any solution from this article.
- Disable Sticky Keys permanently, popup Windows 10 – There are many issues that can occur with Sticky Keys, and if this feature keeps popping up, try to disable it from Settings app or Control Panel.
- Sticky Keys randomly turn on, keeps turning on Windows 10 – Several users reported that Sticky Keys randomly turn on. This can be rather annoying, but you can fix the problem simply by changing your keyboard’s power settings.
Solution 1 – Change registry values
If Sticky keys can’t be turned off on your computer, maybe you should try changing few values in your registry. To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and type regedit. Click OK or press Enter.
- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\StickyKeys in the left pane.
- In the right pane locate Flags, double click it and change its value to 506.
- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\Keyboard Response key in the left pane.
- Locate Flags in the right pane, double click it and set its value to 122.
- Go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\ToggleKeys key in the left pane.
- Locate Flags in the right pane and set its value to 58.
- Close Registry Editor and restart your computer.
We have to mention that changing your registry can cause certain issues with Windows 10 if you don’t do it properly, so before you start, make sure to create a backup of your registry.
Solution 2 – Change your keyboard power management settings
Sometimes, Sticky Keys can’t turn off due to your keyboard power management settings, and in order to fix this problem you need to change these settings by doing the following:
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager.
- In Device Manager locate your keyboard and right click it. Choose Properties from the menu.
- Navigate to Power Management tab and make sure to uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
- Click OK to save changes.
Bear in mind that your keyboard might be listed in both Keyboards and Human Interface Devices sections, so you’ll have to repeat this process for both entries.
Solution 3 – Replace your keyboard
If Sticky Keys won’t turn off on your computer, it might be due to a faulty keyboard. Users reported that this issue was fixed simply by replacing their keyboard, so if this issue persists, you might want to try replacing your keyboard.
Before you replace your keyboard, it’s advised to inspect it for hardware malfunctions. Sometimes certain keys can get stuck and that can cause this problem to appear. If keys such as Shift, Alt or Ctrl, are stuck, try to unstuck them and check if that solves the problem.
Alternatively, you can also try the keyboard on a different PC. If the problem appears on another PC, it’s rather likely that the keyboard is faulty, so you should consider getting a replacement from Amazon Store.
Solution 4 – Check your PC for malware
If you can’t turn Sticky Keys off, it’s possible that your PC is infected with malware. Not all malware is harmful, and some malware is designed just to annoy the infected users. If Sticky Keys are unable to turn off, be sure to perform a full system scan and check if that solves the problem.
If you can’t remove the malware, you might want to consider switching to a different antivirus solution. There are many great antivirus tools on the market, but currently, the best are Panda Antivirus, Bitdefender, and BullGuard, so feel free to try any of them.
Solution 5 – Disable Sticky Keys from Control Panel / Settings app
If you can’t disable Sticky Keys at all on your keyboard, you might want to try this method. To disable Sticky Keys, try the following:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, go to Ease of Access section.
- Select Keyboard from the left pane and disable Sticky Keys from the right pane. You can also disable all other options.
Alternatively, you can disable Sticky Keys by using Control Panel. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter control panel. Select Control Panel from the list of results.
- When Control Panel opens, navigate to Ease of Access Center.
- When Ease of Access Center opens, select Make the keyboard easier to use.
- Make sure that Turn on Sticky Keys option is disabled. Now click on OK and Apply to save changes.
After making these changes, the Sticky Keys should be completely disabled on your keyboard. We showed you two different methods that you can use, and both methods will achieve the same results, so feel free to use any of them.
Solution 6 – Press the Num Lock key
Many users reported that FN keys are always pressed on their laptop. This is usually caused by Sticky Keys, but there’s a way to fix this problem. As you know, FN keys are designed to perform a certain functionality, and if they are always active, you might activate certain shortcuts by accident.
This behavior can interfere with your work, and in order to fix this problem, you just need to turn off the Num Lock button. Simply press the button and the problem should be resolved. Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, but many users reported that it fixed the problem on their laptop, so be sure to try it out.
Solution 7 – Press right and left Shift keys at the same time
According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by using a quick keyboard shortcut. Several users reported that they fixed the problem with Sticky Keys simply by pressing both Shift keys simultaneously.
This sounds like a workaround, but few users claim that it works, so feel free to try it out.
Solution 8 – Reinstall your keyboard drivers
Several laptop users reported issues with Sticky Keys on their PC. However, the issue seems to be related to a keyboard driver. To fix this problem, it’s advised to reinstall your keyboard driver. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:
- Open Device Manager. You can do that by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing Device Manager from the list.
- When Device Manager opens, locate your keyboard driver, right click it and choose Uninstall device.
- Now click the Uninstall button to confirm.
After the driver is removed, restart your PC and the default driver will be installed. Once that is finished, check if the problem still persists.
Update drivers automatically (suggested)
If the previous method doesn’t fix the issue, we recommend you to use a dedicated tool. Downloading drivers manually is a process that carries the risk of getting the wrong driver installed, which may lead to serious malfunctions.
The safer and easier way to update drivers on a Windows computer is by using an automatic tool such as TweakBit Driver Updater. This tool automatically identifies each device on your computer and matches it with the latest driver versions from an extensive online database. Drivers can then be updated in batches or one at a time, without requiring the user to make any complex decisions in the process.
Here is how it works:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.
Solution 9 – Reinstall Synaptic pointing device
If you’re having problems with Sticky Keys on your laptop, the issue might be Synaptics pointing device. To fix this problem, it’s advised to reinstall this software. There are several ways to remove a software, but the most effective is to use an uninstaller application.
If you’re not familiar with uninstaller software, these applications are specially designed to remove programs from your PC. Unlike regular uninstall process, uninstaller software will remove all files and registry entries associated with the application you want to remove.
If you’re looking for uninstaller software, you might want to try IOBit Uninstaller, Revo Uninstaller or Ashampoo Uninstaller. All these applications are simple to use, and they will remove any application from your PC completely.
Once you remove Synaptics software, download the touchpad driver for your laptop and check if that solves the issue.
Solution 10 – Install the latest updates
If you’re having problems with Sticky Keys, it’s possible that this issue is caused by a Windows 10 bug. To fix the issue, you need to ensure that your Windows is up to date. By default, Windows 10 automatically downloads the updates, but sometimes you might miss an important update.
However, you can always check for updates manually. To do that, follow these steps:
Windows will now check for available updates. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically in the background. Once the update process is finished, restart your PC to install the updates. After updating Windows 10 to the latest version, check if the problem still persists.
Not being able to turn off Sticky Keys on Windows 10 can be troublesome, but most users report that the issue was resolved by replacing their keyboard or by changing the keyboard power management settings, so make sure you try that.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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