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How to use the keyboard one-handed with Sticky Keys in Chrome OS

How to use the keyboard one-handed with Sticky Keys in Chrome OS

The keys that can become ‘sticky’ are; Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Search, and Alt Gr. You can also enable Sticky Keys from the Accessibility shortcut in the System menu. For more information, see our article How to enable the accessibility shortcut in Chrome OS. For a list of common Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts, see our article Common keyboard shortcuts in Chrome OS on Chromebooks.

Short guide:

  1. Click on the Time widget in bottom right corner of the screen to open the System menu. Click on the Settings  button.
  2. Select Accessibility from the left-hand menu. If Accessibility is not visible, select Advanced to reveal more menu items.
  3. Click on Manage accessibility features then scroll down to the Keyboard and text input section. Click on the toggle switch for Enable sticky keys to turn the feature on.

Before and after

Chrome OS before and after Sticky Keys is enabled

This section covers the steps you need to follow to enable and use Sticky Keys in Chrome  OS, complete with pictures of the screen to help. 

Open the Settings

1. Click on the Time widget in bottom right corner of the screen to open the System menu. Click on the Settings  button .

Click on the Settings button

Find the Accessibility settings

2. Select Accessibility from the left-hand menu. If Accessibility is not visible, select Advanced to reveal more menu items.

Select Accessibility

Open the Accessibility features

3. Click on Manage accessibility features.

Click on Manage accessibility features

Enable sticky keys

4. Scroll down to the Keyboard and text input section and click the toggle switch for Enable sticky keys to turn the feature on.

Click the toggle switch for Sticky Keys

Using Sticky Keys

5. To use Sticky Keys, press the keys for any keyboard shortcut one after the other. You can also keep a Sticky Key ‘pressed’ by pressing the same key twice. To ‘unpress’ the key, press it a third time. An onscreen menu, highlighting which Sticky keys have been activated, will appear in the top-left corner, and any Sticky Key that has been pressed twice will be highlighted and underlined.

The display highlights which sticky keys are active

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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