Stupid Windows Features: Disable FilterKeys Permanently
It constantly amazes me the crap that gets turned on by default in Windows XP. Have you ever held down the Right Shift key for more than 8 seconds while thinking about something? That’s the default keyboard shortcut for FilterKeys. FilterKeys is an accessibility option that ignores keyboard input unless it the key is held down for a long time.
It isn’t annoying enough that a dialog box pops up and interrupts you if you hold shift down for too long. It has a bug. If you hit Cancel, FilterKeys *still* runs.
Pressing both shift keys is supposed to exit from it, but I prefer a more permanent approach. Death to FilterKeys.
Control Panel >> Accessibility Options >> Remove all check-marks
But wait, there’s more! That isn’t enough to get rid of FilterKeys, you also have to go to the Settings sub-menu and remove the check-marks there.
Hit OK twice and you’re finally rid of the damned thing.
More Stupid Windows Features
- Configuring Windows Automatic Update to use manual installations and stop rebooting the friggin’ computer
- Bill and Steve’s Bogus Advantage – Turning off Microsoft Genuine Advantage legally
- The Exorcist Redmond – Monitor Display Turns Sideways or Upside Down
- FilterKeys Must Die – Disabling this annoying application