Microsoft has put in a lot of effort to assist people with disabilities when it comes to accessibility. Microsoft created Filter Keys to help people with physical disabilities control the keyboard repeat rate and ignore repeated keystrokes. The purpose of this article is to explain what Filter Keys are and how to Turn Off Filter Keys.
What Are Filter Keys?
Filter Keys is a Windows 10 accessibility feature for people who have trouble holding down multiple keys at once. The keyboard response is adjusted, and repeated keystrokes caused by inaccurate or slow finger movements are ignored.
The Filter Keys feature can slow the rate at which a key repeats when you hold it down.
Sticky Keys and Toggle Keys, which are also part of the Windows accessibility options, are not the same as Filter Keys.
Sticky Keys is a game for people who can’t hold two or more keys in their hands at the same time. For example, if you need to use a keyboard shortcut that requires the simultaneous pressing of two or more keys, Sticky Keys allows you to press one key at a time rather than multiple keys at once.
Toggle Keys, on the other hand, is an accessibility feature for people who have cognitive disabilities or vision impairment. When you enable Toggle Keys, Windows makes a sound when you press the NUM, CAPS, or SCROLL lock keys.
How Filter Keys Work
Filter Keys can be enabled in the Control Panel’s Ease of Access Center or Accessibility Options.
Filter Keys can also be opened by pressing and holding the Shift key on the right side of your keyboard for eight seconds.
The following default settings are associated with Filter Keys:
- SlowKeys: Instructs Windows to disregard keys that you don’t press and hold for a certain period.
- RepeatKeys: Adjusts the repeat rate or disables it.
- BounceKeys: Instructs Windows to ignore any unintended keystrokes.
How to Turn Off Filter Keys
If your keyboard output is delayed or your Windows key isn’t working, you can disable Filter Keys and solve the problem.
Turn Off Filter Keys Using the Right Shift Key
When typing capital letters and alternate upper characters, the Shift key on your keyboard is used. Filter Keys can also be enabled by pressing the right Shift key.
- Press the right Shift key for eight seconds.
- Next, select the Disable this keyboard shortcut in Ease of Access keyboard settings link.
- Toggle the Use Filter Keys to Off.
Turn Off Filter Keys Using Windows Settings
Filter Keys can also be disabled using the Windows Settings app.
- Select Start > Settings.
- Next, select Ease of Access.
- Select Keyboard from the right pane.
- Next, select Keyboard and find the Use Filter Keys option.
- Toggle the button next to the Use Filter Keys option to turn it off and exit the Settings app.
Try typing something in a document after turning off Filter Keys to see if the keyboard still lags.
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Turn Off Filter Keys Using Control Panel
You can change settings that control and set up almost everything about how Windows looks and works to your liking in the Windows Control Panel.
- Select Start > Control Panel.
- Select Ease of Access.
- On the next screen, select the Change how your keyboard works link.
- Deselect the box next to Turn on filter keys to disable the Filter Keys feature and select Apply.
Turn Off Filter Keys Easily
Filter Keys is a useful feature, especially for people who have hand tremors or other physical issues. It is, however, one of the annoyances you will encounter when using your computer if it is accidentally turned on.
Thankfully, following the steps outlined in this guide will allow you to disable Filter Keys and put an end to the annoyance for good.