In Windows 10, it is possible to disable certain keyboard shortcuts which involve the Win key. If you have a strong reason to disable such a shortcut, let's say to re-assign it to some app or script, here is how it can be done.
Windows 10 has a number of pre-defined hotkeys with the Win key. We covered them earlier in our previous articles.
Here are some shortcuts available in Windows 10 out of the box:
Win + D - Minimize all windows. See what the difference is between Win + D (Show Desktop) and Win + M (Minimize All) keyboard shortcuts in Windows.
Win + R - Open the good old Run dialog. This is the fastest way to access it in Windows 10.
Win + Ctrl + D - creates a new virtual desktop.
Win + Tab - manage virtual desktops/open Task View. See the following article for more details: Hotkeys to manage Virtual Desktops in Windows 10 (Task View).
Win + A - Open the Action Center to view notifications from the operating system and apps. You can disable this keyboard shortcut and the whole Action Center if you do not use it.
Win + K - Open the Connect flyout. It is useful when you need to connect quickly to some device.
Win + X - Open the power user menu. This menu has shortcuts to useful administrative tools and system functions. See more details here: Use Win+X menu to manage tasks in Windows 10 faster.
For the full Winkey shortcut reference, see these articles:
- Ultimate list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys
- 10 keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 everyone should know
If you want, you can disable one or several Winkey keyboard shortcuts as follows.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- In the right pane, you should create a new string value named DisabledHotkeys.
- Set its value data to the characters of hotkeys you want to disable. Here are a few examples:
Set it to X to disable the hotkey Win + X.
Set it to RX to disable hotkeys Win + X and Win + R.
And so on.
In the screenshot below, I disabled the hotkey Win + E:
- Restart Explorer or sign out and sign in back to your user account.
That's it. Once this is done, the hotkeys you specified will become disabled and unassigned. You can re-use them in a third party app which allows you to assign global hotkeys.