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Disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys warning messages in Windows

Bill Detwiler shows you how to Disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys warning messages through the Windows Control Panel.

Microsoft Windows includes several accessibility options that help many individuals use their computers. However, some of those accessibility features can be an annoyance to users who do not need them.

For example, in Windows 7 and some earlier Windows versions, pressing the left-Shift key five times in quick succession will display a dialog box asking if you want to turn on Sticky Keys. Likewise, if you hold in the right Shift key for 8 seconds or more, which I seem to do all the time, you're presented with a dialog box asking if you want to turn on Filter Keys.

In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show how a quick trip to the Control Panel can prevent the Sticky Keys and Filter Keys pop-up warnings from appearing.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

2 comments
Lauren5158
Lauren5158

Thank you, Bill, for this wisdom! Like you, I get that contemptible box popping up all the time... When I click cancel, and start typing, I am locked in the Caps mode. For my machine, I have to power down, then back up, so I can start using again! I am still using Windows XP. These tips, don't apply there. Have tried several different options. Am still having the same "fun". Any suggestions? There has to be a value for this feature, it is not one that I need! Lauren

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Microsoft Windows includes several accessibility options that help many individuals use their computers, such as Sticky Keys and Filter Keys. However, some of those accessibility features can be an annoyance to users who do not need them. In this week???s TR Dojo episode, I show how a quick trip to the Control Panel can prevent the Sticky Keys and Filter Keys pop-up warnings from appearing. Do you use either Filter Keys or Sticky Keys? Take the poll and let me know. Original post and poll: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/itdojo/disable-sticky-keys-and-filter-keys-warning-messages-in-windows/2465