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Sticky Layer Behavior


A sticky layer stays pressed until another key is pressed. By using a sticky layer, you don't have to hold the layer key to access a layer. Instead, tap the sticky layer key to activate the layer until the next keypress.

By default, sticky layers stay pressed for a second if you don't press any other key. You can configure this with the release-after-ms setting (see below).

Behavior Binding

  • Reference: &sl
  • Parameter #1: The layer to activate , e.g. 1


&sl 1


You can configure a different release-after-ms in your keymap:

&sl {
release-after-ms = <2000>;

/ {
keymap {

Advanced usage

Sticky layers behave slightly different from sticky keys. They are configured to quick-release. This means that the layer is released immediately when another key is pressed. "Normal" sticky keys are not quick-release; they are released when the next key is released. This makes it possible to combine sticky layers and sticky keys as such: tap &sl 1, tap &sk LSHIFT on layer 1, tap &kp A on base layer to output shift+A.

Comparison to QMK

In QMK, sticky layers are known as 'one shot layers'.