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How to make keyboard shortcuts easier to perform in macOS 12 Monterey

How to make keyboard shortcuts easier to perform in macOS 12 Monterey

For a list of common keyboard shortcuts you can use on your computer, see our guide How to use common keyboard shortcuts in macOS 12 Monterey.

Short guide:

  1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.
  2. Click Accessibility.
  3. In the sidebar, click Keyboard, then select the Hardware tab on the right.
  4. Tick the checkbox for Enable Sticky Keys.
  5. Click the Options button to customise Sticky Keys.

Before and after

Images showing a user performing a keyboard shortcut before and after Sticky Keys has been turned on

This section gives you step by step instructions on how to enable Sticky Keys in macOS 12 Monterey, with pictures of the screens to help.

Open System Preferences

1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from the menu.

Open the Accessibility settings

2. In the System Preferences window, click Accessibility.

Find the Keyboard hardware settings

3. In the sidebar, scroll down and click Keyboard. On the right, select the Hardware tab.

Turn on Sticky Keys

4. Tick the checkbox for Enable Sticky Keys.

Customise Sticky Keys

5. To customise Sticky Keys, click the Options button.

If you want to be able to turn Sticky Keys on and off from the keyboard, tick the box for Press the Shift key five times to toggle Sticky Keys.

If you want to hear a sound when a modifier key (Cmd, Alt, Shift, Ctrl) is pressed, tick the checkbox for Beep when a modifier key is set.

If you want to see a notification showing which modifier keys you have pressed, tick the checkbox for Display pressed keys on screen. From the drop-down menu, choose which corner to position the notification.

Click the OK button to save your changes.

Using Sticky Keys

6. To use Sticky Keys, press the keys for the required shortcut, one after the other.

To keep any of the modifier keys (Cmd, Alt, Shift, Ctrl) ‘pressed’, press it twice. To ‘un-press’ a key, press it a third time.

The on-screen indicator will show which modifier keys have been pressed. If a key has been pressed once, the icon will be grey. If a key has been pressed twice, the icon will be white.

Close System Preferences

7. When you are happy with your settings, close System Preferences by clicking the Close button (red circle) in the top-left corner of the window or using the Cmd + W keyboard shortcut.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so, you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.

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