How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

The Win+Key shortcut keys encompass a lot of functionality for those who prefer utilizing the keyboard as much as possible. If you are not sure what we are talking about let’s point out a few of the most used shortcut keys:

Win+D for showing the Desktop

Win+E to launch the Explorer

Win+X for Windows Mobility Center

Win+L for locking your workstation

Win+<number> for launching and switching between applications in your taskbar

Win+P for switching between presentation modes
and many, many more. However it gets extremely annoying when you press one of these by accident (especially until you realize you have pressed it). And, for those who don’t use the keyboard that much, these shortcuts don’t provide much functionality. Not to mention that if you want to use one of these shortcut combinations in another application, things get rather messy. So in this short tutorial we will show you a rather quick and simple way to disable the Win+Key combinations in Windows 7 using a little registry tweak.

Note: This trick will not disable the Win+Arrow shortcuts.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

The registry editor will open:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\Explorer using the left pane:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

In the right pane, right-click on any empty space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value NoWinKeys:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

Double-click on the newly created value and a new window will open:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

To disable the Win+Key shortcut keys enter the value 1 in the Value data textbox:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

Press OK:

How to disable the Win+Key shortcut keys in Windows 7

You will have to log off and on for the changes to take effect. To enable the Win+Key shortcuts delete the value NoWinKeys or change it to 0.

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Comments (4)

  1. r says:

    This tweak disables Win+E, Win+R, Win+D, which is OK but it doesn’t disable Win+L. Any suggestions?

    • Anthony Gee Anthony Gee says:

      To disable Win+L create one .reg file copy and paste the bellow code between === but not with it, and double click it to add it to Windows registry.

      ====
      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

      “DisableLockWorkstation”=-

      ====

      If you want to enable it back again create another .reg file and use the code bellow

      ====
      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

      [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

      “DisableLockWorkstation”=dword:00000001
      ====

  2. WukaNH says:

    Hello,

    Alright, now this tweak can disable Win+E, Win+R, Win+D AND Win+L, but not Win+P.

    Any suggestions?

  3. Subrato Halder says:

    I want to disable just win+R key,

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