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How to use the keyboard one-handed in Chrome OS

How to use the keyboard one-handed in Chrome OS

The keys that can become ‘sticky’ are; Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Search, and alt gr.

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How to enable Sticky Keys
Using Sticky Keys
Enabling Sticky Keys from the Accessibility shortcut

How to enable Sticky Keys

  1. To access the Accessibility features on your device, select the time in the bottom right corner to open the System menu.
  2. In the System menu, select the Settings button .
  3. In the Settings window, select Accessibility from the left-hand menu. Note: If Accessibility is not visible, select Advanced to reveal more menu items.
  4. Select Manage accessibility settings.
  5. In the Accessibility settings screen, scroll down  to the Keyboard and text input section.
  6. Select Enable sticky keys (to perform shortcuts by typing them sequentially) to set the toggle switch to On.


Using Sticky Keys

  1. To use Sticky Keys, press the keys for any keyboard shortcut one after the other.
  2. To keep a Sticky Keypressed’, to use it with subsequent keyboard shortcuts without having to press the key again, press the key twice. To ‘unpress’ a key, press it a third time.
  3. An onscreen menu, highlighting which Sticky keys have been activated, will appear in the top-left corner. Any Sticky Key that has been pressed twice will be highlighted and underlined.

Enabling Sticky Keys from the Accessibility shortcut

You can quickly enable Sticky Keys from the Accessibility shortcut in the System menu. For more information on enabling and using the Accessibility Shortcut, see our article How to enable the shortcut to accessibility features in Chrome OS

More information

For a list of common Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts, see our article Common keyboard shortcuts in Chrome OS on Chromebooks.

Note: If this does not work it could be because someone else manages your computer settings (an IT department or administrator). If this is the case, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

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