Operating system Windows How to turn on the StickyKeys feature and sort the programs menu alphabetically in Windows XP?

How to turn on the StickyKeys feature in Windows XP?

Keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time by putting files or commands you use often right at your fingertips. Some keyboard shortcuts, however, require you to hold down three keys at a time.

If you want to use a keyboard shortcut but find it difficult to hold down two or three keys at the same time, StickyKeys makes it easy. When a shortcut requires a key combination, the StickyKeys feature in Microsoft Windows XP lets you press a key, such as SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT, and keep it active until another key is pressed. StickyKeys is also helpful when you want to type uppercase letters without holding down SHIFT while you press each letter key.

To activate StickyKeys


Press the SHIFT key five times. A dialog box opens with instructions on how to set up the StickyKeys feature.


Click OK.

StickyKeys dialog box with OK button selected

An icon (a group of squares) appears in the notification area.

StickyKeys icon in notification area

With StickyKeys enabled, you can press and release the SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or Windows logo key, and Windows XP will hold the key down for you until you press the next key. For example, to type a capital A, you could press and release SHIFT, and then press and release the A key.

To turn off StickyKeys, press the SHIFT key five times, and then click Cancel in the StickyKeys dialog box.

How to sort programs on your All Programs menu alphabetically?

Finding programs on your All Programs menu can become difficult if you have a lot of programs installed. When you install new programs, Microsoft Windows XP adds each new item to the end of the All Programs menu. You can, however, quickly sort the items on your All Programs menu in alphabetical order.

To sort items on your All Programs menu alphabetically


Click Start, click All Programs, and then right-click any folder or icon.


On the shortcut menu, click Sort by Name.

Games folder on All Programs menu selected with Sort by Name selected on shortcut menu

That's it—your programs are instantly alphabetized. Enjoy your newly organized All Programs menu.

This same tip works for your Favorites menu in Internet Explorer. In both cases, you'll probably need to go back periodically and sort the lists again, because Windows XP doesn't automatically keep the list in alphabetical order.

Operating system - Windows