How to disable a specific key or keyboard shortcut (Windows)

How to disable a specific key or keyboard shortcut (Windows)

It’s easy to mute keys or keyboard shortcuts on your Windows keyboard, and HowToGeek explains in detail how.

To disable a specific key, go to the Microsoft PowerToys Keyboard Manager, select “Key Remapping” and click “Add Key Mapping”. Then select the key, set it to Disable and click OK.

To disable a specific shortcut, open the Microsoft PowerToys Keyboard Manager, select “Override Shortcut,” and click “Add Shortcut Override.” Then select the keyboard shortcut, set it to Disable, and click OK.

Want to disable a specific key or key combination? Microsoft PowerToys, an official Microsoft program, makes this task quite easy. Here’s a quick guide to using the Keyboard Manager in Microsoft PowerToys to disable a specific key or shortcut.

Install Microsoft PowerToys if you haven’t already

If Microsoft PowerToys is not installed on your device, install the app first. Open the Microsoft Store app, type “Microsoft PowerToys” in the store search bar, and select Microsoft PowerToys in the search results.

Then click the Install button to install the app.

Let the installation process complete and you will see the User Account Control (UAC) window. Click Yes there and the program will be installed successfully.

Disable a specific keyboard key with y PowerToys

Type “PowerToys” into Windows Search and open the program. Go to Keyboard Manager in the left sidebar. Then click “Open Settings” on the right panel.

Turn on the switch next to “Enable Keyboard Manager” if it’s currently off. After that, click Change Key.

Click Add key override, select the key you want to disable in the Select section, and select Disable in the Submit section. Finally, click OK in the upper right corner.

If you get a warning, click Continue and the specified key will be disabled.

Disable the shortcut using Microsoft PowerToys

To disable a particular shortcut, open the Keyboard Manager settings and click Change Shortcut Assignment.

Click Add Shortcut Override, select the first shortcut key (it must be a modifier key or you’ll get a warning), and select the second key. Then select “Disable” under “Send” and click “OK” in the upper right corner.

If you want to re-enable a disabled key or shortcut, go to the same settings, click the trash icon next to it, and click OK.

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