How do I disable the Windows Win key on my keyboard?

disable win key on keyboard

If you like to play with your computer and you have realized that this key becomes more than an advantage. a nuisance, or you accidentally give it a lot and it activates without your wanting it, or you just want to change it for another, there are several reasons why you might want to disable Win Windows on your keyboard. For this reason, we will tell you how you can do it.

First of all, it is convenient that you know what is it for because you may think that you are not interested, but you end up realizing that you use it more than you think or you may need it on certain occasions. In any case, if you disable it, we will also tell you the ways to recover it again in case you need it. It may also be clear to you that you don’t need it at all and you don’t want to have it, or you prefer change it for something that you do use.

You should know that you can disable this key from your own keyboard on some occasions, with System tools or with external applications simple to use and safe. We tell you about all the ways you can get rid of it and work or play with your computer without it bothering you anymore.

What is it for

Win it has a large number of functions in combination with others, so it is usually very practical. She alone can open and close the Start Menu, is in fact this its main function. Also, it has many shortcuts under its belt in combination with others. Win + A opens the activity center, with B go to the notification area, with C open Cortana, with D show the desktop, with E open the file explorer, with F open the opinions center, with G open the toolbar games, with H start a dictation, with I open the settings, with R open the mode run, with S initiates searches. Each of the letters in combination with this key has its own function. You can also create shortcuts in combination with symbols or different keys.

In your day to day you may be using various combinations with it, or you may only do it occasionally and it will be more annoying than practical if it is so. However, if you are playing it bothers you because if you hit it accidentally you can end up leaving the game accidentally, and this could ruin more than one game. You may also want to disable it if you tend to accidentally hit it very frequently or even if you don’t need it and prefer to change it to another function.

With system tools

You can deactivate the key with the system’s own tools, so we will discuss the different ways in which you can do it. You just have to follow the steps and, once you have done it, you would get rid of the inconvenience that can be caused by using it or giving it to you inadvertently.

With the registry editor

You can do the same from the registry editor. The fastest way is through the Run command, which curiously you can access with the Windows + R shortcut. Don’t worry that you can still use this shortcut if you disable it by searching for it. Once you are write regedit and confirm.

In the subfolders that you will find or in the path above you will have to reach HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetKeyboardLayout. You will come across a file called Default. Once you get to it, you will right click and make another entry with New. Binary value. It is a map of a barcode. Open it and in value write 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00 00 00 5B E0 00 00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00. Finish the entry with OK and restart the computer.

win in registry editor

If you want to activate it again at some point, you just have to search for regedit or run in the search box and follow the same steps following the indicated path. In the end, you will remove Scancode Map and restart the PC.

From the registry editor and in another route you can lock hotkeys Windows in this path HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer. You right-click in the empty space. Give to New DWORD (32-bit Value), you write NoWinKeys, it opens its properties and the value of the data pon 1 and give Ok. Restart and you will no longer be able to use keyboard shortcuts.

editor registry policies win

With Group Policy Editor

If you want to do it from the Group Policy Editor, the easiest way is go run using Win + R (or looking for it) and write gpedit.msc. Give Ok and navigate to User Configuration, then go to Administrative Templates, then Windows Components and finally select File Explorer.

In the right pane, find and double-click Disable hotkeys. Click On, Apply and OK. Reboot. It is a simple solution to disable shortcuts, but if you want to totally get rid of Win it may not be enough.

directive editor

With keys

If you have Games Mode on your keyboard because this is gaming or is configured like that, you can get rid of the annoying Windows key while you are playing by pressing it. This is the practicality of having this type of accessories if you like to play with the computer a lot or if you dedicate yourself to it.

a gaming keyboard

You can also do it with Fn, specifically in many cases (see the function of F6) you can do it if you press Fn and F6 together. Be careful that on some computers this restarts. Sometimes many people do not realize that the key is not working because they have pressed Fn at the same time. It is best that you look at the image in F6, since it will only go if it has the Windows image next to it, otherwise it will make the function appear there.

If your keyboard is old, of games or you see that it appears, you can do it by pressing the key Win Lock. If you want to activate it again, you will have to do the same.

With apps

If some of these options do not work for you in your specific case or they are complicated, you can also do it with applications trusted external They will do it for you and you will be able to play or use your computer calmly without having problems pressing the key that you should not. For this reason, we will tell you about some of the most interesting and trustworthy ones to turn to.

With Microsoft PowerToys

Microsoft PowerToys is a tool that can be downloaded in the GitGub repository that requires that have .NET Core installed on your computer. If you don’t have it, it will detect it and offer to install it. Once it’s installed, boot up and click Keyboard manager on your left. You will find Remap Keys and give the option that appears. Click on the + icon in the lower area and look for the Windows key on the left.

You can also give to Tyke key and press it on your keyboard to identify it. On the right it faces Undefined. If you want reuse Win, you will return to the same place and you will delete it in the trash that you will see. Another thing you can do instead of disabling it completely is to give it another function.

Microsoft PowerToys

With SharpKeys

To start using this tool third-party free and portable you just have to download it and start it. It will permit you disable, assign keys to certain functions or redo them. To disable Windows you have to start and give Add. You will see two columns and you must give to Type the key in the left panel. Give to the windows key. Press OK to select the one pressed. Then select Turn Key Off in its right panel and click Ok. Click on Write registration (below).

sharpkeys

Reboot and the changes will be applied. As you can see, they are very simple steps that will allow you to get rid of both it and its shortcuts and that you can take with you wherever you want.

With WKey Disabler

This is another app free and portable which is to be run from the inbox, but does not have any advanced features. Getting started is as simple as download it and start it. As soon as you start it, the key along with its shortcuts will deactivate automatically. You just have to have .NET Framework 2.0 or higher installed on your system for it to work.

WKey Disabler

It is very simple to use, you do not have to do practically anything more than download and activate it. If you want to go back to recover Win you will have to deactivate the app. Therefore, it is one of the easiest solutions to use that you will find, however, the downside is that you will not find it from its official download page since it is old, so we leave it as the last option despite everything.