Do you want to turn on Sticky keys? How to get rid of this popup

By: Elsie Otachi
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Ideally, Sticky keys are meant for users with physical disabilities to help them reduce repetitive strain injury, such that keystrokes are serialized in place of pressing multiple keys simultaneously. The user can then press and release Shift, Ctrl, Alt or even Windows key and these remain active until they press a different key.

When enabled, Sticky keys may cause modifier keys such as SHIFT and CTRL to stick until released, or till the specific keystroke combination is entered, in a way behaving like Lock keys.

This has made it difficult for users who activate the Shift key a lot, like gamers, and in turn the ‘do you want to turn on sticky keys message’ keeps popping up, thus disturbing work or gameplay.

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If you’ve tried to restart your computer, or change your keyboard, check if there’s anything jammed between your keyboard keys and contact points. If this annoying popup still displays, here are some extra solutions that can come in handy.

FIX: ‘Do you want to turn on Sticky keys’ keeps popping up

  1. Disable Sticky Keys feature
  2. Change your keyboard power management settings
  3. Change how your keyboard works
  4. Edit the registry

Solution 1: Disable Sticky Keys feature

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel

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  • Select Ease of Access Center

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  • Click Change how your keyboard works

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  • Click Set up Sticky Keys

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  • Uncheck the box: Turn on Sticky Keys when SHIFT is pressed 5 times

If disabling Sticky keys doesn’t work, try the next solution.

Solution 2: Change your keyboard power management settings

While the Sticky Keys feature may be enabled mostly by pressing SHIFT key down five times, there are times it may not go off. This may be caused by the keyboard power management settings on your computer, and here’s how to correct it:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device manager

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  • Find Keyboards, and click to expand the list. If your keyboard is not under this category, check under the Human Interface Devices category, and take the next steps.

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  • Right click on your keyboard and select Properties

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  • Select the Power Management tab
  • Under Power Management, uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power box
  • Press Enter or click OK

Any luck? If not, try and change how your keyboard works as described in the next solution.

Solution 3: Change how your keyboard works

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Select Ease of Access Center
  • Click Change how your keyboard works

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  • Go to Make your keyboard easier to use

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  • Find Make it easier to type section and uncheck most or all of the items under it.

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Did this help? If not, try editing your computer’s registry as described in solution 4.

Solution 4: Edit the registry

If the annoying do you want to turn on sticky keys message still keeps popping up, you can try and change some values in your computer’s registry by doing the following:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Run

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  • Type regedit and press Enter

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  • On the left pane, find this folder: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\StickyKeys

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  • On the right pane, find the folder, Flags

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  • Double click it and change its value to 506.

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  • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\Keyboard Response key in the left pane.

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  • Locate Flags in the right pane, double click it and change the value to 122

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  • Again, on the left pane, find the folder: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\ToggleKeys folder

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  • Go to the right pane, and find Flags, and then change its value to 58.
  • Close the Registry Editor
  • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Note: The steps outlined above for Registry Editor must be followed carefully because any incorrect modifications to the registry may cause serious damage to your computer.

Before making any changes, backup the registry for restoration in case of any problems.

Has any of the above solutions helped fix the sticky keys popup error on your computer? Let us know your experience, or what worked, by leaving a comment in the section below.

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