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Windows Sticky Keys

This is not about Microsoft Office, but it is something that will affect the applications in the Office suite.

The first time I experienced Sticky Keys I was stymied. I could not figure out why my keyboard would not do what I was telling it to do! I would try to key in text but I got a mixture of letters and numbers and symbols that made no sense whatsoever. And what was more vexing was that I couldn’t even look up the answer to my problem on the Internet because I couldn’t key in the text!

Sticky keys is an accessibility design for folks who have difficulty holding down two or more keys simultaneously. It causes the Shift, Ctrl and Alt keys to remain depressed when tapped so that a person can use them with only one finger at a time.

Sticky keys is enabled by tapping your Shift key five times in succession. That may seem difficult to do accidentally but trust, me, I have done it on more than one occasion!

The reason for default-enabling keyboard shortcuts for accessibility options was so that folks with disabilities could sit down to any computer and be able to use it. A great idea actually unless you turn it on accidentally!

The good news is that you can turn off Sticky Keys just as easily as it is turned on – simply tap your Shift key five times and you should be good to go again!