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How to add or remove the accessibility options for the keyboard, such as Sticky Keys, Filter Keys and Toggle Keys.

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Follow this procedure to add or remove the Sticky Keys, Filter Keys or Toggle Keys options for the keyboard.

IMPORTANT: By default, the Sticky Keys, Filter Keys and Toggle Keys keyboard accessibility options are not turned on.

  • Sticky Keys: An accessibility feature designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys at a time. When a shortcut requires a key combination such as CTRL+F, the Sticky Keys feature will enable the user to press one key at a time instead of pressing them simultaneously.
  • Filter Keys: An accessibility option that adjusts the keyboard response so that inadvertently repeated keystrokes are ignored. Using the Filter Keys feature, the user can also slow the rate at which a key repeats when held down.
  • Toggle Keys: An accessibility feature designed for people who have vision impairment or cognitive disabilities. When the Toggle Keys feature is turned on, the computer will provide sound cues when the locking keys (CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK) are pressed. A high sound plays when the keys are switched on and a low sound plays when they are switched off.
  1. Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel window, under Pick a category, double-click the Accessibility Options icon.
  3. In the Accessibility Options window, under or pick a Control Panel icon, double-click the Accessibility Options icon.
  4. In the Accessibility Options window, on the Keyboard tab, in the Sticky Keys box, click to check the box next to Use Sticky Keys to enable the feature, or remove the check to disable the feature.
  5. In the Filter Keys box, click to check the box next to Use Filter Keys to enable the feature, or remove the check to disable the feature.
  6. In the Toggle Keys box, click to clear the Use Toggle Keys to enable the feature, or remove the check to disable the feature.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Close the Accessibility Options window.