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How to Backup and Restore Sticky Keys Settings in Windows


When Sticky Keys is turned on, you can press a modifier key (SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT) and then another key in sequence rather than at the same time, to enter shifted (modified) characters and other key combinations. This way, you can press a modifier key and have it remain active until another key is pressed.

By default pressing a modifier key once latches the key down until the user presses a non-modifier key or clicks a mouse button. Pressing a modifier key twice locks the key until the user presses the key a third time.

This tutorial will show you how to back up and restore the Sticky Keys settings of any user account on any Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 PC.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: To Backup Sticky Keys Settings of Current Account
  • Option Two: To Restore Sticky Keys Settings to Current Account


EXAMPLE: Sticky Keys settings
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Backup and Restore Sticky Keys Settings in Windows OPTION ONE Backup and Restore Sticky Keys Settings in Windows
To Backup Sticky Keys Settings of Current Account

1. Sign in to the user account you want to backup its Sticky Keys settings.

2. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

3. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\StickyKeys

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4. Right click on the StickyKeys key in the left pane of Registry Editor, and click/tap on Export. (see screenshot above)

5. Navigate to where you want to export this StickyKeys key to as a .reg file, type a file name (ex: "My_Sticky_Keys_settings") you want for this .reg file, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

This .reg file is the backup of the current account's Sticky Keys settings that you can restore to any user account on any Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer.

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6. You can now close Registry Editor if you like.






Backup and Restore Sticky Keys Settings in Windows OPTION TWO Backup and Restore Sticky Keys Settings in Windows
To Restore Sticky Keys Settings to Current Account

1. Sign in to the user account you want to restore a backup of Sticky Keys settings.

2. Double click/tap on the .reg file (ex: "My_Sticky_Keys_settings.reg") created using Option One.

3. When prompted, click/tap on Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

4. Sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn