How to Disable Mouse Keys in Windows 10 (and More)

In this post, you will see:

Mouse Keys

Sticky Keys

Filter Keys

Let’s get started.

How to Enable or Disable Mouse Keys in Windows 10

The Mouse Keys feature lets you control the mouse over the numeric keypad.

Here’s how to enable or disable it on Windows 10:

Launch the Settings app .

Hit “Ease of Access.”

Click “Mouse” from the left sidebar.

In the “Control your mouse with a keypad” section, you will see a toggle switch. Enable (to enable) or disable (to disable) it.

Once you’ve turned on the Mouse Keys, you will see the following options:

  • Only use Mouse Keys when Num Lock is on – makes Mouse Keys work only when Num Lock is on or off.
  • Show the Mouse Keys icon on the taskbar – show or hide the Mouse Keys icon in the notification area.
  • Hold the Ctrl key to speed up and the Shift key to slow down – if you enable this option, pressing the CTRL key while moving the pointer will increase its speed, and decrease is the Shift button case.

If you like, play with the Pointer speed and Pointer acceleration.

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Alternative Ways to Enable or Disable Mouse Keys:

Keyboard Shortcut

Press left Alt, left Shift, and Num Lock keys simultaneously.

You can now see the Mouse Keys pop-up.

Click “Yes” on the pop-up to activate the Mouse Keys.

Press “No” in the pop-up to deactivate Mouse Keys.

Read: How to Open Mouse Properties

Control Panel

Start Control Panel.

Hit the “Ease of Access Center” link.

Hit the “Make the mouse easier to use” link.

Enable (to turn on) or disable (to turn off) Turn on the Mouse Keys option.

Press the OK button at the bottom.

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How to Enable or Disable Keyboard Shortcut of Mouse Keys

Open the Run Command.

Type control and then press Enter key. You can now see the Control Panel.

Click on the “Ease of Access Center” link.

Click on the “Make the mouse easier to use” link.

Hit the “Set up Mouse Keys link” in the “Control the mouse with the keyboard” section.

Enable (to enable keyboard shortcut) or disable (to disable keyboard shortcut) “Turn on Mouse Keys with left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock” option in the “Keyboard shortcut” section.

Press the OK button at the bottom.

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Mouse Keys Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are the Mouse Keys keyboard shortcuts:

ShortcutAction
8Move up.
4Move left.
6Move right.
2Move down.
9Move upwards in the right direction.
7Move upwards in the left direction.
1Move downwards in the left direction.
3Move downwards in the right direction.
/Select the left mouse button.
Select the right mouse button.
*Select both mouse buttons.
5If the left button is selected, then pressing this key will do the left click. If the right mouse button is selected, then pressing this key will do the right click.
+If the left mouse button is the active button, then pressing this key will double click.
0Drag an item.
.Drop an item.

What is Sticky Keys?

It is an accessibility feature that makes the modifier keys (CTRL, Alt, Shift, and Windows keys) remains active until another key is pressed.

Let us take an example.

Suppose you want to open the Task Manager. The keyboard shortcut for this task is CTRL + Shift + Escape.

Normally you have to press three buttons at the same time to open it.

But if you activate the Sticky Keys feature, you don’t have to press the buttons together to open it.

You can press one key at a time and release it. Then do the same for the remaining keys to open it.

For example:

First press CTRL and then release it. Press Shift and then release it. Finally, press the Escape key and release it. You can see the Task Manager.

I hope you got my point. If you like this feature, take a look at the next section to turn it on.

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How to Turn On Sticky Keys in Windows 10

Method #1

Press the Shift key five times continuously.

You can see the “Sticky Keys” pop-up.

Click “Yes” on the pop-up.

Method #2

Open Settings (To do that, press Windows + I).

Click on the Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Find the “Use Sticky Keys” section. Within that, you’ll see “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts.”

Activate the switch under “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts.”

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How to Turn Off Sticky Keys in Windows 10

Method #1

Press the Shift key five times continuously and it’ll turn off Sticky Keys.

Method #2

Open the Settings app.

Click on the Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Disable the switch under “Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts,” which is in the “Use Sticky Keys” section.

Method #3

Press any two buttons at the same time and it will turn Sticky Keys off.

Note: If you do not want the Sticky Keys turned off while pressing two keys simultaneously, then turn off the option “Turn off Sticky Keys when two keys are pressed at the same time” which is in the “Use Sticky Keys” section (To see this section, open Settings, click Ease of Access > Keyboard).

How to Disable Sticky Keys Pop-up

If you do not want to see the Sticky Keys pop-up (which appears when you press the Shift key five times continuously), here are the steps:

Open Settings (press the key combination Windows + I for this).

Click on the Ease of Access > Keyboard.

In the “Use Sticky Keys” section, you will see “Allow the shortcut key to start Sticky Keys.” Disable it.

Remember, after you deactivate the Sticky Keys pop-up, you cannot use the “Shift” method described in this post to turn Sticky Keys on and off.

If you want to enable the Sticky Keys pop-up, follow the steps above. But enable instead of disable.

Additional Notes

When you turn on Sticky Keys, you will see the following options:

Show the Sticky Keys icon on the taskbar – This displays the “Sticky Keys” icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

Lock the modifier key when pressed twice in a row – This locks the modifier key when it is pressed twice continuously.

For instance, you pressed the Windows key twice. Now if you press E, it’ll open File Explorer. Once you press I, it’ll open Settings. Hope you got the point.

You can unlock it by pressing the same modifier key again.

Turn off Sticky Keys when two keys are pressed at the same time – this was discussed in the “Turn Off Sticky Keys” section of this post.

Play a sound when a modifier key is pressed and released – self-explanatory, right?

How to Activate Filter Keys

What is Filter Keys?

It is an accessibility option that allows you to change the keyboard repeat rates and ignore brief or repeated keystrokes.

Here’s how you can activate it:

Open the Settings app (Keyboard shortcut: Windows + I).

Click Ease of Access > Keyboard.

In the Use Filter Keys section, you will see a switch. Activate it.

That’s all.

Here are the alternatives.

Keyboard Shortcut

Press the right Shift button for 8 seconds.

You will see the Filter Keys pop-up.

Press the Yes button on it.

Control Panel

Start Control Panel.

Hit Ease of Access Center > Make the keyboard easier to use.

You will see Turn on Filter Keys. Activate it.

Press the OK button.

How to Disable Filter Keys

Open the Settings app (Keyboard shortcut: Windows + I).

Click Ease of Access > Keyboard.

In the Use Filter Keys section, you will see a switch. Disable it.

Alternate Method

Start Control Panel.

Hit Ease of Access Center > Make the keyboard easier to use.

You will see Turn on Filter Keys. Deactivate it.

Press the OK button.

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Additional Notes

Here are the options you can see after you have activated the Filter Keys in the Settings app:

  • Show the Filter Keys icon on the taskbar
  • Beep when keys are pressed or accepted

Both of the above options are self-explanatory, right?

  • Turn on Bounce Keys to wait before accepting additional keystrokes when you press the same key more than once – ignore the double hit of the same key or other similar errors for a while.
  • Turn on Slow Keys to make your PC wait before accepting keystrokes – ignore keys that are not pressed for a certain period of time.
  • Turn on Repeat Keys to delay repeated keystrokes when you press and hold down on a key – In most keyboards, holding down a key means repeated keystrokes of that key. This option allows you to ignore repeated keystrokes for a certain time.

Remember that if you turn on one of the above, you can change the time period for it.

Note:

If you want to disable repeated keystrokes, then follow these steps:

Go to “Make the keyboard easier to use” using the steps in the above section.

Hit Set up Filter Keys.

Enable Turn on Repeat Keys and Slow Keys.

Hit Set up Repeat Keys and Slow Keys.

Make sure “Ignore all repeated keystrokes” is selected.

Hit the OK button at the bottom.

How to Turn Off Filter Keys Pop-up

If you press the right Shift key for 8 seconds, you will see the Filter Keys pop-up, which allows you to activate Filter Keys.

If you don’t want this pop-up then you can turn it off and here’s how:

Open the Settings app.

Click Ease of Access > Keyboard.

Find and deactivate “Allow the shortcut key to start Filter Keys.”

Note: If you want the pop-up, follow the steps above, but enable.

Alternate Way

Start Control Panel.

Hit Ease of Access Center > Make the keyboard easier to use.

Hit Set up Filter Keys.

Disable Turn on Filter Keys when right Shift is pressed for 8 seconds.

Press the OK button.