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How to add or remove the Ease of Access options for the keyboard, such as Sticky Keys, Filter Keys or Toggle Keys in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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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. Point to (but do not click) the lower-right or top-right corner of the screen, and then click to select the Settings charm.
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    NOTE: The Windows Logo + I key combination will also take you to the Settings screen.

  2. In the Settings screen, in the lower-right corner, click Change PC settings.
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  3. In the PC Settings screen, click Ease of Access.
  4. In the Ease of Access screen, click Keyboard.
  5. In the Keyboard screen, click the button under Sticky Keys, Filter Keys or Toggle Keys to turn each of those features either On or Off.
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