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How to Disable Keyboard Shortcuts on Windows 10

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You’re using your Windows PC and suddenly press some keyboard shortcuts by mistake. Now you’ve randomly opened a program or activated a feature, or even worse, you might accidentally close your software programs by pressing hotkeys unknowingly.


How do you resolve such issues? It’s easy—all you need to do is temporarily disable the Windows hotkeys. So, we’ll show you how to disable the Windows shortcut keys.


The Benefits of Using the Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

You probably use the common keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl + C (for copying), Ctrl + X (for cutting), and Ctrl + V (for pasting). And if you’re a pro, then it’s likely that you often use various other Windows keyboard shortcuts.

Well, keyboard shortcuts are quite awesome. Here are some of the benefits of using them:

  • Efficiency: By pressing the right keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly access your apps and tools in seconds. So, this can often do wonders for your productivity.
  • Precision: You’re likely to click or open the wrong app by mistake when using a mouse. However, by using the right keyboard shortcuts, you’ll always access the right tools.
  • Ergonomics: Using your mouse for prolonged periods can increase the risk of repetitive strain injury (the damage caused by repetitive movements). So, by using hotkeys, you’ll be stretching your muscles more often rather than being fixed in one position.

But if the keyboard shortcuts aren’t working out for you, then it might be worth disabling them. So, let’s explore the various ways to disable keyboard shortcuts on Windows.

1. Use the Local Group Policy Editor

The Local Group Policy Editor allows you to troubleshoot PC issues or tweak the system settings. Interestingly, you can also use this tool to enable or disable the Windows taskbar settings.

But here’s the thing: you can’t access this tool on Windows Home devices. That’s because the tool is only available on the Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

However, you can access the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows Home by applying a few tricks. But if that sounds complicated, then you might want to skip to the “Registry Editor” method.

Let’s check out how to use the Local Group Policy Editor to disable the hotkeys:

  1. Type Edit group policy in the Start menu search bar.
  2. Right-click on the Best match result and select Run as administrator.
  3. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.
  4. Double-click on the Turn off Windows Key Hotkeys option on the right-hand side.

To disable the hotkeys, select Enabled on the next screen. Finally, close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your device to save these changes.

And if you decide to re-enable the hotkeys, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to the File Explorer option as per the previous steps.
  2. Double-click on the Turn off Windows Key Hotkeys option and select either Not Configured or Disabled.
  3. Close the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your PC to save these changes.

2. Use the Registry Editor

You can also disable the keyboard shortcuts by tweaking a few Registry keys.

Before you get started, consider backing up the Registry. That way, you’ll be able to recover this tool if it runs into issues.

Now, here’s how to disable the keyboard shortcuts using the Registry Editor:

  1. Type Registry Editor in the Start menu search bar.
  2. Right-click on the Best match result and select Run as administrator.
  3. Copy-paste the following command into the address bar and press Enter:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies

From there, click on the Explorer key. If it’s missing, create it by right-clicking on the Policies key and selecting New > Key. Name this key as Explorer.

When you’re on the Explorer key, right-click on a blank space on the right and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, name this value as NoWinKeys and press Enter.

To disable the hotkeys, double-click on the NoWinKeys value and set the Value data as 1. Otherwise, set the Value data as 0 (zero) to enable the hotkeys. Finally, close the Registry Editor and restart your device to save these changes.

3. Use the System Settings (for Certain Hotkeys)

The system settings can also help. However, this option is for disabling a few specific Windows hotkeys. This includes the hotkeys for the Windows Narrator, Sticky Keys, the Print Screen option, Filter Keys, Toggle Keys, and color filters.

Here’s how to disable hotkeys using the system settings:

  1. Type Allow the shortcut key to start Filter Keys in the Start menu search bar and select the Best match.
  2. Uncheck the Allow the shortcut key to start Filter Keys box to disable this option. When this option is enabled, you’d have to press and hold the right Shift key for about eight seconds to turn on the Filter Keys.

Next, scroll up and locate the Use Sticky Keys option. From there, uncheck the Allow the shortcut key to start Sticky Keys box to disable this option. When the option is enabled, you’d have to press the Shift key five times to turn Sticky Keys on or off.

From there, scroll down to the Use Toggle Keys option. Next, uncheck the Allow the shortcut key to start Toggle Keys box to disable this option. When this option is enabled, you’d have to press and hold the Num Lock key for about five seconds to turn on Toggle Keys.

Now, scroll down and locate the Print Screen Shortcut option. Turn off the Use the PrtScn button to open screen snipping button to disable this option. Alternatively, turn on this button to enable the print screen shortcut.

Next, configure the color filter shortcuts through these steps:

  1. Type Allow the shortcut key to turn color filters on or off in the Start menu search bar and select the Best match.
  2. Next, uncheck the Allow the shortcut key to toggle filter on or off box to disable this option. If this option is enabled, you’d have to press Win + Ctrl + C to toggle the color filters on or off.

Next, let’s see how you can disable the shortcut keys for the Narrator option. Simply put, the Narrator refers to a feature that describes the contents that appear on your screen.

Here are the steps for disabling the Narrator shortcut key:

  1. Type Allow the shortcut key to start Narrator in the Start menu search bar and select the Best match.
  2. Next, uncheck the Allow the shortcut key to start Narrator box to disable this option. When this option is enabled, you’d have to press Win + Ctrl + Enter to turn Narrator on or off.

Disable Unwanted Keyboard Shortcuts Without a Hassle

You can access various Windows tools and system settings by using the right keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys). But if you want to disable the hotkeys, try any of the methods we’ve covered.

And if your keyboard shortcuts are suddenly not working, there are solutions for that too.



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