Is there a way to turn off the weird shift / ctrl "lock" behaviour in Windows 8.1 (if you hit the shift or ctrl key by mistake)

Posted on 2014-09-17
Last Modified: 2016-03-30
I'm not sure if this is a WIn 8 accessibility issue (being able to enter control and shift key combinations one key at a time) or something to do with my MS Sculpt Comfort Keyboard but often, I find that after I've hit the control or shift key by mistake, the keyboard seems to lock in the state of the control or shift key so everything I type afterwards is as if I was holding down the control / shift key until I tap the control or shift key again.

I'm never sure which key it was that I accidently pressed and I find this to be really annoying.

Is there any way to turn this off?

Is this something that was introduced with Windows 8? I don't recall it happening with Win 7.

Or could this be something to do with my MS Sculpt Comfort Keyboard? I'm in Canada where we have a lot of (annoying) bilingual keyboards.

Question by:ou81aswell
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It sounds as if you've turned on Sticky Keys by mistake.  Here's how to turn it off.

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Thanks, but it's not on.

Turn on Sticky Keys is not checked in Control Panel -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the keyboard easier to use.

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Paul MacDonald earned 500 total points
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This person had a similar issue that turned out to be related to power management.
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Thanks. I've attempted the solution of turning off power management to the keyboard. I'll wait to see what happens.

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I forgot about this question. It's been 18 months and the problem seems to have gone away so the power management tip seemed to be the solution.

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Thanks paulmacd!
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Very happy to have helped.  Thanks for the points!

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