How to Turn Off Sticky Keys on a Mac


A person who has difficulties pressing more than one key at a time may be unable to perform certain tasks with a Mac, such as using the shift key and a letter to produce a capital letter when writing a document, or pressing the "Apple" key with the "S" key to save a document. She can make changes to the Mac's Universal Access settings to enable Sticky Keys, which lets her press a series of keys in sequence instead of simultaneously. If you don't need to use this feature, you can easily turn off Sticky Keys on a Mac.

  • Click the Apple logo on the menu at the top of the screen.

  • Click "System Preferences." The System Preferences window will open.

  • Click "Universal Access."

  • Click the "Keyboard" tab.

  • Click the "Off" option next to "Sticky Keys."

  • Click the red circle at the upper left of the window to close it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "Shift" key five times in a row to turn Sticky Keys off, if this option has been enabled in the "Universal Access" section of the "System Preferences" window.

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