Guide to Disable Win + Keyboard Hotkeys Completely in Windows

Published October 17, 2014 by Admin

If you are a Windows operating system user, you must notice that there is a Win key on your keyboard, which is on the left button corner. Commonly, this key is used to run the Start Menu (or Start Screen in Windows 8) quickly. However, apart from that feature, it also can be used in other functions together with another special key. For example, you can use Win key plus other keys like the following combinations to execute related programs:

WIN+S or WIN+F to launch Search

WIN+M to minimize all running programs windows

WIN+R to launch RUN dialog box

WIN+C to show Charms Bar (Windows 8 and later)

WIN+D to show the Desktop


Though those Win + special keys seem to be quite functional, lots of PC users may think that they are very annoying and troublesome. If you also think so, you can follow the guide below to disable those Win + special keys easily. Now let’s learn how to disable them completely.

How to Disable Win + hotkeys Step by Step

Step 1: type “run” in the Start Search box and hit Enter to get Run box


Step 2: type “gpedit.msc” and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor


Step 3: navigate to “User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows/File Explorer”

windows explorer

Step 4: search for “Turn off Windows+X hotkeys” item in the right side of the window, Double click on that item.

turn off windows +X

Step 5: select Enable option. That is done. Now, the Win + hotkeys have been turned off completely.


Note: If you want to enable this feature again, you can change the setting to Not Configured.

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