GNOME 2.0 Desktop for the Solaris Operating Environment Accessibility Guide

To Enable the Sticky Keys Feature

The sticky keys feature enables you to press the keys in a key combination in sequence rather than simultaneously. This feature is designed for users who are unable to press two or more keys simultaneously.

To enable and configure the sticky keys feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the Enable Sticky Keys option.

    Tip –

    To enable the sticky keys feature from the keyboard, press Shift five times. This keyboard shortcut automatically selects all of the sticky keys options. If you selected the Beep when enabling/disabling keyboard accessibility features option, the system beeps to indicate that the system is about to select or deselect the feature. If you enable this feature from the keyboard, press Shift five times again to disable the feature.

  2. Select the Beep when modifier is pressed option to receive an audible indication each time you press a modifier key. This option is useful to remind you whether a modifier key is active or inactive.

  3. To automatically disable the sticky keys feature when a user presses two keys simultaneously, select the Turn off Sticky Keys when two keys pressed simultaneously option.

You can use the sticky keys feature in latch or lock mode. The following table describes how to choose a mode and the difference between the two modes.

Table 2–3 Sticky Keys Latch or Lock Mode

To use the sticky keys feature in... 

Press the modifier key... 

The modifier key stays active until... 

Latch mode 


You press a non-modifier key. 

Lock mode 

Twice in quick succession. 

You press the modifier key again. 

For example, if you want to press Alt + F1, you should do the following:

  1. Press Alt to latch the modifier key. The Alt key remains active.

  2. Press F1. The key combination is now complete. After you press F1, the Alt modifier key is no longer active.

As another example, if you want to press Ctrl + Alt + Tab, you should do the following.

  1. Press Ctrl twice to lock the modifier key. The Ctrl remains active.

  2. Press Alt.

  3. Press Tab. The key combination is now complete.

  4. To unlock the modifier key, press Ctrl again.