Friday, November 03, 2006

stickykeys: something in windows I never knew

Running windows ? hit Shift 5 times and you get a popup telling you all about StickyKeys.

Having trouble withe <alt><sift><control><p> to achieve that 3 keystroke saving ?

amazing the things you can find on this interweb thing.


StickyKeys is 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+P, StickyKeys enables you to press one key at a time instead of pressing them simultaneously. This accessibility tutorial helps you adjust StickyKeys settings.


So you've set up keyboard shortcuts for every single task you perform on your computer. Except now when you hit Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Windows-J it's like your fingers are playing Twister on the keyboard, and it's just as comfortable. Enter StickyKeys, a built-in Windows accessibility feature.

To turn it on, hit the Shift key 5 times in succession. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Once enabled, StickyKeys lets you hit the Ctrl, Alt, Shift or Windows key separately to launch your shortcut (plus you get futuristic beeping sounds and a little taskbar keypress tracker to boot.) Especially useful when you've only got, ahem, one hand free. Thanks, FizzyPopMan! — Gina Trapani

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