Want to disable those keys on your keyboard that you never use but always get in the way? Here’s how you can disable them for good!
So, you have a key on your Windows keyboard that you think is no longer of any use to you, but at times, you still end up hitting it mistakenly.
Or maybe the key is stuck in the keyboard and is no longer functional. A simple way around such keyboard key issues is to disable the particular key altogether. Don’t worry, though, as it won’t be permanent; You can always switch it on whenever you need the key again.
Here, we’ve covered the easiest methods to disable any specific keyboard key without any hassles. Let’s get started right away.
1. Use the KeyTweak App
KeyTweak is a free tool that lets you disable any specific key of your Windows keyboard. All you have to do is select a particular key and then go ahead with disabling it. Follow the steps below to get started:
- Download and launch KeyTweak.
- Select the key that you want to disable.
- Under the Keyboard Controls section, select Disable Key.
- Click on Apply.
You’ll then be asked to restart your PC to bring the changes into effect. And thus, the key that you selected will be disabled after the reboot.
Download: KeyTweak (Windows)
Enabling the Keyboard Key Again
If at a later time, however, you decide you now want to enable all the disabled keys, all you have to do is open the app again and click on Restore All Defaults. Do a quick reboot after this, and your keyboard key will be working again.
2. Use AutoHotkey
AutoHotkey is a free scripting language used to automate repetitive tasks on Windows 10. You can also use it to disable a particular keyboard key on your Windows.
First, go over the list of supported keys from the official AutoHotkey website. If the key that you want to disable is supported, download AutoHotkey and follow the steps below:
- Open any Text editor and type the key’s reference name followed by ::return (yes, that is two colons). You’ll find the reference name from the above link. Here, for simplicity, we’ll disable the Caps Lock key.
- Save this script (using the .ahk extension) in a safe location where you can easily find it.
- Double-click on this newly created script.
This will launch the AutoHotKey script, and the specific key will be disabled.
If you need to use this key again in the future, you’ll just have to stop the AutoHotkey script, and your settings will return to normal. To do this, right-click on the H icon on your taskbar and select Suspend Hotkeys.
Download: AutoHotkey (Free)
Disable Windows 10 Keyboard Keys Like a Pro
And that’s how you turn off a specific keyboard key. This is all we have for keyboards in this short guide. But this certainly isn’t everything. There are plenty of cool things you can do with your keyboard!
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Shaant is a Staff Writer at MUO. A graduate in Computer Applications, he uses his passion for writing to explain complex tech in plain English. When not researching or writing, he can be found enjoying a good book, running, or hanging out with friends.
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Why would anyone want to disable the keyboard on a Windows PC? Well, if you watch videos on your PC with your toddler, the chances are that you want to temporarily block or disable the keyboard to stop the toddler from pausing or forwarding the video by hitting the keyboard.
Like its predecessors, Windows 10 also doesn’t offer an easy way to disable the keyboard, but disabling the keyboard in Windows 10 is not a tough job either. You can disable with or without the help of third-party utilities. And if you’re looking for a way to disable a specific key, refer to our how to disable any key on the keyboard in Windows 10.
The following are the five easy methods to turn off the keyboard on a Windows 10 PC.
Method 1 of 5
Use Device Manager to disable keyboard
This method is not for the built-in keyboard, meaning you might not be able to disable your PC’s built-in or laptop keyboard.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start button on the taskbar to see the power user menu. Click Device Manager to launch the same.
Note that you can also launch Device Manager by typing its name in Start/taskbar search and then press the Enter key.
Step 2: Once Device Manager is launched, expand Keyboards to see connected keyboards.
Step 3: Right-click on the keyboard entry and click the Uninstall device option. If you have connected multiple keyboards, you need to disable one by one.
Step 4: Click the Uninstall button when you see the confirmation dialog. If you are asked to reboot your PC, please click the Yes button to restart your PC and disable the keyboard.
Method 2 of 5
Use KeyFreeze to disable the keyboard in Windows 10
KeyFreeze is a free utility designed to help you quickly disable the keyboard on a Windows PC. KeyFreeze can disable your laptop’s built-in keyboard as well.
Using KeyFreeze is relatively easy. After running the software, click Lock Keyboard & Mouse button to disable keyboard and mouse. To enable keyboard and mouse again, simultaneously press Ctrl + Alt + Del keys on the disabled keyboard (to get Ctrl + Alt + Del screen) and then click Esc key.
The catch is that you cannot disable only the keyboard, like most other software.
KeyFreeze is not a standalone software, and it doesn’t offer a full offline setup as well. The official website provides only the web setup, which, when you run downloads and installs the actual KeyFreeze software.
Method 3 of 5
Use Kidkeylock to password protect keyboard and mouse
Unlike other tools mentioned in this article, this is an advanced program to disable keyboard and mouse/touchpad. The core feature of Kidkeylock is its ability to password protect your keyboard and mouse.
It also enables you to disable only the left, right, or middle mouse button. The tool also allows you to disable only certain key combinations.
To completely disable the keyboard, please move the slider to the extreme right. As you can see in the picture, you can change the default password as well.
Method 4 of 5
Keyboard and Mouse Cleaner to disable keyboard
Keyboard and Mouse Cleaner is a portable utility designed to disable keyboard and mouse on Windows PCs for user-defined time. This means you can disable keyboard and mouse up to a few seconds, minutes, or hours.
Download Keyboard and Mouse Cleaner
Method 5 of 5
Block keyboard using CrazyLittleFingers
CrazyLittleFingers is another excellent piece of software out there to help you block the keyboard on your PC. The best thing about this software is it’s portable, which means nothing, but you don’t need to install the software to run it.
Download and run the software to block the keyboard and mouse. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del simultaneously and then press Esc key to unblock keyboard and mouse.
The drawback is that it displays a black screen when you disable the keyboard and mouse. So, if you want to enjoy a movie after disabling the keyboard and mouse, this is not the perfect software.
We also recommend you go through our 3 ways to disable touchpad in Windows 10 guide.
Here is a fun little prank you can apply to your colleague, friends, or your kids. With a tool like Keyboard Locker, you can easily lock your keyboard with a quick keyboard shortcut. You can also use the tool to prevent someone from using your keyboard while you are away.
How to use Keyboard Locker
Keyboard Locker is a free portable tool compiled by guys at HowToGeek from a small AutoHotkey script. You can directly download from here and unzip the folder to wherever you want to keep it on your computer, for example, My Downloads folder.
If you have AutoHotkey program installed, use the .ahk file to launch the tool. You can even make some changes to it if needed. Otherwise, simply double-click the executable file to launch it. Once launched, it sents a quick notification and then stays in the system tray waiting for your command.
To lock the keyboard, press Ctrl + Alt + L, as instructed. The Keyboard Locker icon changes accordingly to indicate that the keyboard is now disabled.
When the keyboard is locked, most of the function keys, e.g. Function Keys, Caps Lock, Num Locks, will stop responding. However, other powerful keyboard combinations like Ctrl + Alt + Del or Win + L will still remain functional.
To re-enable the keyboard, type “unlock” on your keyboard. The Keyboard Lock icon changes back, indicating that the keyboard is now unlocked.
The notification is disabled by default. But you can turn it on by right-clicking the Keyboard Lock icon in the system tray and selecting Show tray notifications.
You can also simply hover your cursor over the icon to get the help tip if you forget what keyboard shortcut to press to lock the keyboard or how to unlock it.
Lastly, if you like this little tool, you can put it in the Startup folder so it automatically runs during the startup.
We have been asked literally multiple times to explain how to disable a key on the keyboard in the Windows operating system. Why anyone would want to do this is something of a mystery, but for those who want to disable a key on the keyboard in Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, here is the perfect solution.
There is a provision in Group Policy to turn on or off some popular keys such as the Windows logo key, but other keys on the keyboard can’t be disabled using Group Policy.
While one can manually edit Windows Registry to disable a key, most users prefer to get things done without touching the Registry.
For all those looking for a simple solution to get one or more keys on the keyboard on a PC running Windows 10 or earlier versions, you can use a free tool called Simple Disable Key.
The Simple Disable Key sports an easy-to-understand interface, and disabling a key on your keyboard is extremely easy when using this software.
Disable a key for a specific program
The ability to disable a key for a specific application is one of the key features of this free utility. Additionally, there is even an option to disable a key for a particular period of time.
Although this is the initial release of the program, Simple Disable Key is exceptionally nice and works without any issues. In our test, it recognized all keys of my Lenovo ThinkPad as well as of my Microsoft Wireless 6000 keyboard.
In short, you can use Simple Disable Key to disable all alphabet keys (A to Z), function keys (F1 to F12), Control, Alt, Tab, Esc, Windows logo, Shift, CapsLock, Spacebar, NumLock, Home, Insert, Page Up, Page Down, Delete, End, Print Screen, Scroll Lock, Pause and arrow keys.
Use Simple Disable Key program to disable a key in Windows 10/8/7:
Step 1: Download Simple Disable Key program. Run the setup file and follow on-screen directions to get it installed.
NOTE: Since Simple Disable Key is a new program, Windows SmartScreen might warn you against running this software when you attempt to launch the setup file.
Step 2: Launch Simple Disable Key. Select a language.
Step 3: To disable a key, select the Key field and then press a key on your keyboard that you want to disable and then click Add Key. For instance, if you wish to disable the key “K,” press the “K” key on your keyboard to add the “K” key to the list.
If you want to disable more than one key at a time, please click the Add button again and then repeat more steps again.
Step 4: When you click Add Key button, you will see the following dialog when three options: Program, Always, and Schedule.
Select Always option if you want to turn off the key for always and for all programs.
Choose the Program option from the drop-down box if you want to turn off the selected key for a specific program. Once you select this option, you will see an option to choose the program executable file.
And use the Schedule option to disable the selected key for a specific time interval.
Step 5: Finally, click the OK button to disable the selected key(s).
To enable all disabled keys, click the Tools menu, and then click Enable All Keys option. Simple as that!
Lastly, if you want to permanently disable a key using Simple Disable Key, you need to add the program to the startup folder by clicking the Options menu and then clicking Run on Windows Startup option.
Did you ever play a game in full-screen mode and accidentally press the Windows key? This might cause your game to minimize or exit full-screen mode. What to do if the Windows keyboard shortcuts conflict with some software shortcuts? In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 simple ways to disable Windows key shortcuts (hotkeys) in Windows 10.
After testing, the first two methods seem to disable only these keyboard shortcuts: Windows + D, Windows + R, Windows + S, Windows + A. It won’t disable the shortcuts like Windows + X, Windows + L, Windows + PrntScr or Windows + Tab in Windows 10. If you want to disable the single Windows key on your keyboard, the 3th method is your choice.
Method 1: Disable WIN+ Keyboard Shortcuts in Using Group Policy
- Type edit group policy in the Search or Run box and press Enter. It will open Local Group Policy Editor.
- Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> File Explorer . In the right-side pane, double-click on the Turn off Windows Key hotkeys policy to edit it.
Method 2: Disable WIN+ Keyboard Shortcuts in Using Registry Editor
If you’re unable to access the Local Group Policy Editor, you can take help of Registry Editor for the same task. Just follow these steps:
- Type regedit in the Search or Run box and press Enter. It will open Registry Editor.
- Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer . In right-side pane, right-click on the empty space and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Rename the newly created entry as NoWinKeys and set its value to 1.
Method 3: Disable Windows Key Completely
This method allows you to completely disable the Windows logo key for all users in Windows 10, 8, 8.1 and Windows 7. Follow these steps to disable Windows key virtually:
- Type regedit in the Search or Run box and press Enter. It will open Registry Editor.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout . In the right-side pane, right-click on the empty space and select New -> Binary Value.
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
03 00 00 00 00 00 5B E0
00 00 5C E0 00 00 00 00
Laptops aren’t like desktop computers – a laptop already has all the peripherals you could possibly need built into it. The basic computer accessories you need in order to operate a computer are a mouse, a keyboard and a monitor, and a laptop houses all three of these.
On most laptops, each peripheral cannot be disconnected and replaced on a whim as is the case with desktop computers, since every single peripheral is hardwired into the laptop. That being the case, if a laptop’s keyboard stops working, either partly or completely, you can’t simply disconnect it and connect a new one. You will have to have the laptop’s hood opened up and the entire built-in keyboard replaced. This can be quite costly, which is why most people with subpar or non-functioning laptop keyboards simply connect a normal, external keyboard to their laptops and use them instead. In such cases, and in many others, the laptop user would want to disable the laptop’s built-in keyboard so as to avoid unwanted or unintentional keystrokes on it being registered on the computer.
1. Disable the Laptop Keyboard Driver
On Windows 10, the latest and greatest in the long line of Windows Operating Systems, it is entirely possible to disable the keyboard that is built-in to a laptop. You can’t really use any computer (which includes laptops) without a keyboard, which is why you need to be sure to have an external keyboard connected to the laptop before you disable the built-in keyboard. To disable the built-in keyboard on a laptop running on Windows 10, you need to:
- Open the Device Manager. This can be accomplished any one of two ways – you can either right-click on the Start Menu to open the WinX Menu and click on Device Manager, or press the Windows Logo key + R to open a Run dialog, type devmgmt.msc into the Run dialog and press Enter to launch the Device Manager.
- In the Device Manager, locate and double-click on the Keyboards section to expand it.
- All of the keyboards connected to your computer at that moment in time will be listed under the Keyboards section. Locate the listing for the laptop’s built-in keyboard, and right-click on it.
- In the resulting context menu, click on Disable.
- Click on Yes in the resulting dialog box to confirm the action and disable the laptop’s built-in keyboard.
If you don’t see a Disable option in the resulting context menu, fear not – you will see an Uninstall option, and you can click on that to uninstall the drivers for the built-in keyboard instead of simply disabling it. Once you do so, you will see a dialog box asking you to confirm the action – click on OK to provide confirmation and uninstall the drivers for the built-in keyboard.
If you do uninstall the drivers for the laptop’s built-in keyboard instead of disabling it, be wary – Windows 10 might automatically update the drivers after detecting the keyboard. If that happens, you will have to make your way back to the Device Manager and uninstall the drivers for the laptop’s built-in keyboard once again.
2. Disable the Service that controls the PS/2 port
If the method shown above didn’t help you, you can alternatively disable the port that controls the data and input of PS/2 Ports as most laptop keyboards are internally connected through that port. We will simply disable the power from that port because there won’t be anything controlling the data of that port once we disable the service. To disable the Service that controls the PS/2 Port, follow the steps shown below:-
- Click on the Search bar and search for Command Prompt then click “Run as administrator”. Opening Command Prompt as an administrator
- Type the following command:-
- Now restart your computer and your laptop keyboard shouldn’t work.
- In case you want to re-enable the keyboard in the future you can use the following command:-
Mistakenly pressing the Windows key while operating a time-sensitive application can lead to disaster. There are several ways to disable the feature in Microsoft Windows 10.
With the help of the Windows key on a standard Microsoft Windows 10 keyboard, users can access dozens of configuration settings, features, and applications with convenient keyboard shortcut combinations. Under most circumstances, accidentally pressing the Windows key is a harmless annoyance, however, when operating a time-sensitive application, like a game for example, it could result in a disastrous, rage-inducing, tantrum of frustration.
More about Windows
Disabling the hotkey functionality of the Windows key in Microsoft Windows 10 is not difficult, and there are several possible methods users can employ to change that particular key’s behavior. The two methods explained in this article offer the more straightforward of solutions, saving the more involved methods for later.
This how-to tutorial explains how to disable Windows key hotkey functionality by editing the Windows Registry file and by changing settings using the Group Policy Editor.
How to disable the Windows key on your keyboard
First, let me state for the record that the absolute best way to disable the Windows key while gaming is by purchasing and using a gaming keyboard with a built-in disable function. Gaming keyboards often have a simple toggle that will turn the Windows key off and on at will. It is by far the simplest solution.
However, if that is not possible at the moment, we will have to edit the Windows Registry file, which requires the standard disclaimer.
Disclaimer: Editing the Windows Registry file is a serious undertaking. A corrupted Windows Registry file could render your computer inoperable, requiring a reinstallation of the Windows 10 operating system and potential loss of data. Back up the Windows 10 Registry file and create a valid restore point before you proceed.
To start, type “regedit” into the desktop search box and select Registry Editor in the results. Once the Windows Registry file is open, navigate to this key:
Click on the Explorer key, as shown in Figure A.
Right-click on an empty spot in the right-hand window and select New | DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it NoWinKeys, as shown in Figure B.
Double-click the NoWinKeys entry and change the Data Value to 1, as shown in Figure C.
Click OK and then close regedit. The change will become effective after you restart your PC. To turn Windows key functionality back on, change the Data Value to zero or delete the NoWinKeys entry.
How to disable the Windows key using Group Policy Editor
The methodology is similar for the Group Policy Editor if you are using Windows 10 Pro. Type “group policy editor” into the desktop search box and select the appropriate entry in the results. Navigate to this folder:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer
Click on the File Explorer entry, as shown in Figure D. Scroll down the list of configuration settings displayed in the right-hand window until you find the entry “Turn off Windows Key hotkeys.”
Double-click the Turn off Windows Key hotkeys entry and click the Enable radio button, as shown in Figure E.
Click OK and then close the Group Policy Editor. As before, the change will become effective after you restart your PC. To turn Windows key functionality back on, change the clicked radio button to Disabled or Not Configured.
If the On-Screen Keyboard is bothering you by popping up on your computer, you will find below different methods to disable On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 10.
Disable On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 10
If the Physical Keyboard on your computer is not functioning properly, you can make use the On-Screen Keyboard to gain access to your computer.
However, On-screen Keyboard can be annoying, if it suddenly starts up on your computer or automatically starts up at the Login Screen.
This can happen, if you end up accidentally enabling On-Screen Keyboard on your computer and the On-screen keyboard gets preset to start at Login Screen and also to start after you Login to the computer.
1. Disable On-Screen Keyboard Using Options Key
You can prevent On-Screen Keyboard from starting automatically on your computer by going to On-Screen Keyboard Options screen.
1. With your Mouse or trackpad, click on the Options Key on the On-Screen Keyboard (See image below)
2. On the Options screen, click on Control Whether the On-Screen Keyboard Starts when I Sign in link.
3. On the next screen, Un-check Use On-Screen Keyboard Option.
4. Click on Apply and OK to save this setting for On-Screen Keyboard on your computer.
After this, you will no longer find the On-Screen Keyboard starting automatically with your computer.
2. Disable On-Screen Keyboard Using Settings
The easiest way to Disable On-Screen Keyboard on your computer is to toggle OFF the On-Screen Keyboard option in Windows 10 Accessibility Settings.
1. Open Settings > click on Ease of Access .
2. On the next screen, click on Keyboard in the left-pane. In the right-pane, disable On-screen keyboard by moving the toggle to OFF position.
3. Disable On-Screen Keyboard Using Control Panel
If you prefer using the Control Panel, you can follow the steps below to prevent On-Screen Keyboard from popping up on the screen of your computer.
1. Open Control Panel > make sure you are on Category view and click on Ease of Access .
2. On the next screen, click on Ease of Access Center .
3. On Ease of Access Center screen, scroll down and click on Use Computer Without a Mouse or Keyboard link under “Explore all Settings” section.
4. On the Next screen, Uncheck Use On-Screen Keyboard option.
5. Click on Apply and OK to save this setting on your computer.
4. Disable On-Screen Keyboard Using Registry
Advanced users can completely disable On-Screen Keyboard using the Registry Editor Screen. You may want to make a backup of your computer before following the steps below.
1. Open Run Command > type regedit and click on OK or press the Enter key on the keyboard of your computer.
2. On Registry Editor screen, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Authentication > LogonUI .
3. In LogonUI Folder, open ShowTabletKeyboard Key by double-clicking on it and set its Value to 0 and this will disable the On-Screen Keyboard on your computer.
Note: If ShowTabletKeyboard Key does not exist on your computer, you need to create the key by right-clicking and selecting Create New Key option.
Prevent On-Screen Keyboard from Starting at Login Screen
Making the On-screen keyboard available at Login screen can be helpful, if the physical keyboard on your computer is going through problems.
If you do not like the On-screen Keyboard popping up at Login screen, you can easily disable this option by going to On-Screen Keyboard Options (Method#1) and also from the Control Panel.
1. Open Control Panel > click on Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center .
2. On Ease of Access Center screen, click on Change Sign-in Settings option.
3. On the next screen, Uncheck Type Without Keyboard option under “At Sign-in” column.
You can also uncheck After Sign-in box, if you do not want the On-Screen Keyboard to start after you Login to the computer.
4. Click on Apply and OK to save this setting on your computer.
After this, you won’t find the On-Screen Keyboard bothering you by starting at the Login Screen.
When you see + between keys in a shortcut, it means you need to continue to hold down the previous key as you press the next.
A comma sign (,) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys.
The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.
Magnifier keyboard shortcuts
Turn on Magnifier.
Windows logo key + Plus sign (+)
Turn off Magnifier.
Windows logo key + Esc
Windows logo key + Plus sign (+)
Windows logo key + Minus sign (-)
Zoom in and out using the mouse scroll wheel.
Ctrl + Alt + Mouse scroll wheel
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys.
Ctrl + Alt + Arrow keys
Open the Magnifier settings.
Windows logo key + M
Toggle to invert screen colors or return the inverted screen colors to default colors while Magnifier is on.
Switch to the full screen view.
Switch to the docked view.
Switch to the lens view.
Cycle between the full, docked, and lens view.
Temporarily show the entire screen when zoomed in.
Ctrl + Alt + Spacebar
Resize the lens.
Shift + Alt + Arrow keys
Magnifier touch gestures
Use the following touch gestures to work with Magnifier on a Windows touchscreen device:
To zoom in, tap the plus (+) button on the top left or right corner of the screen.
To zoom out, the minus (-) button on the bottom left or right corner of the screen.
If you’re using a screen reader, move the focus to the button you want. You hear “Zoom out” or “Zoom in” once on the button. Double-tap the screen to select.
Tip: To pinch to zoom in, place two fingers on the Magnifier border and then slide them apart.
To move around the screen, drag one finger along the Magnifier borders in the full screen view.
To instantly zoom out and see where you are on the screen, tap simultaneously on opposite borders using one finger on each border.
To move the screen up or down, tap the top or bottom border.
To scroll horizontally or vertically, tap a border and then slide your finger out of the border towards the center of the screen. When the border disappears, you’ve reached the end of the scrollable area in the selected direction.
You can always close Magnifier by selecting the close button on the Magnifier pop out (the small rectangular window that says Magnifier in the top left corner). When using touch and when Magnifier is showing the full screen at 100%, you can also close Magnifier by tapping the Close button (X) next to the zoom in button in the top right corner.
If you’re using a screen reader, move focus to the Close button, and double-tap the screen.