For many convenient shortcuts, Windows uses the “Windows Keys”. But if they get in the way or you would just like to delegate them to various functions, there is away from the Registry or Group Policy Editor to deactivate these Windows Keys. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to deactivate Windows 10 built-in “Windows Keys” shortcuts.

Deactivate Windows 10 built-in “Windows Keys” shortcuts

To deactivate Windows 10 built-in “Windows Keys” shortcuts, follow this procedure step by step.

Method#1

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search box and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. The following Registry Editor screen will appear.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

After going through the above-mentioned path. Right-click on the Explorer option and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option as the following image is showing.

Rename the newly created word as NoWinKeys as the following image is showing.

Double click the NoWinKeys option and the following dialogue box will appear.

Type 1 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. After this close the Registry Editor. Then restart the PC or sign out and again sign in to your Windows account to apply the changes. If you want to undo this change, delete the newly created word NoWinKeys.

Method#2

Click the Search button. Type Run in the search box and choose the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type gpedit.msc in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the following Local Group Policy Editor screen will open.

Navigate through the following path from the left pane of the screen.

User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> File Explorer

As soon as you click the File Explorer option from the left pane of the screen, the right pane of the screen will show a lot of options as highlighted in the above image. Double click the Turn off Windows Key hotkeys option as highlighted in the above image. After that, the following dialogue box will appear.

Select the Enabled radio button. After that click the Apply and then OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now close the Local Group Policy Editor. You need to restart the PC or sign out and sign in again the Windows account to apply the changes.

If you want to undo the changes, click the Not Configured radio button.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to deactivate Windows 10 built-in “Windows Keys” shortcuts.

How to deactivate Windows 10 built in “Windows Keys” shortcuts
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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