Microsoft added a lot of new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 and sometimes you may want to disable some of them. The most common keyboard shortcuts can be some combinations of WIN KEY (Windows) and other keys, such as Win + R, Win + E, Win +X, etc. Now if these shortcuts bring inconvenience, learn how to disable Win + keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.
Disable Win + keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 through Group Policy Editor.
1. Type gpedit in the Search and then click Edit group policy. This will open Local Group Policy Editor:
2. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer. Just find Turn off Windows + X hotkeys on the right-side pane and double click on it:
3. Check Unabled > click OK:
4. Restart the computer to make the settings take effect. Then Win + hotkeys will turn off in your Windows 10.
Disable Win + keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 with Registry Editor.
1. Press Win + R to bring up Run dialog box. Type regedit > click OK. This will open Registry Editor:
2. Navigate the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer. Right click on the blank empty area on the right side pane > click New > select DWORD (32-bit) Value for key creation:
3. Rename the new key as NoWinKeys and double click on it. Set its value to 1 > click OK:
4. Close Registry Editor and restart Windows 10 to make the settings take effect. Then Win + hotkeys feature will be disabled.
NOTE: Once you disable the keyboard shortcuts with either way above, Win + X key combinations will be unavailable in your Windows 10 until you enable them, which means Windows can’t open Run dialog box when you press Win + R, can’t open File Explorer when you press Win + E, and so on. If you want the Win + X hotkeys to back, just enable them.
We hope you found this information useful!