While discussing about Windows Ease of Access Center and how you can use these features to increase accessibility on Windows 7, we talked about features like Narrator, On-screen Keyboard etc. and how they can help you in your day to day computing tasks. One feature that we missed talking about was making the keyboard easier to use.
Windows Ease of Access Center provides several features to enhance the working on computer. Basically, it’s a mixed approach. Some users love these features while other think of it as an annoyance. So today we will see how you can enable and use these features (for the former set of people) or disable them permanently (for the latter).
Sticky Keys, Filter Keys and Toggle Keys
Ever happened to press the Shift key 5 times in a row? You must have come across a popup box asking you if you want to enable or disable these keys. Here you can directly toggle the options, but before we do so, let’s see what exactly these features are and how they can help us.
Open Ease of Access Center and click on make the keyboard easier to use. On this window, scroll down to the section ‘make it easier to type’ to see the options to turn/off Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys and Filter Keys.
So let’s take a quick look at the functions of these keys.
Most of the times while typing I accidentally press the Caps Lock button instead of ‘A’ key and then continue in the uppercase realizing only after I’ve typed two to three sentences. This is where Toggle Keys feature can come in handy. After you enable this feature, you will hear a notification sound whenever you press Caps, Num and Scroll Lock keys.
Sticky Keys stick your Alt, Ctrl, Del and Windows Logo button even after you release them so that you can perform windows shortcut operations without having to press both the buttons simultaneously. Suppose you have enabled Sticky keys, and you want to open Windows Explorer using shortcut keys. You can press and release Windows button and then press the E key, even after some time, to get to the Explorer window.
There are some advanced settings you can configure in Sticky keys. Just click on the link Setup Sticky Keys to configure the settings.
Turn on Filter Keys
Filter keys are meant to ignore the repeated keystrokes you press accidentally while typing. After you enable it, don’t forget to configure the default response time, or you will have to wait forever to write a simple paragraph.
So go ahead, enable and try these features today. All you need to do is checkmark against the one you want to activate. To disable them, just uncheck the box and save the settings.
Don’t forget to share with us your views regarding these accessibility features. Do you think they’re there for no reason at all or do they prove to be useful at times?