How to Enable/Disable Particular Shortcuts Keys on Windows 10

Registry keys manipulations to Enable/Disable Particular Shortcuts Keys on Windows 10. – Keyboard worth great value for users but sometimes you need to limit certain utilities on it. Few Shortcut keys are available which let assigned programs access with a punch only. For example, Win+E launches File explorer, Win+W opens Windows Ink Workspace. But at the same time, you can enable or disable these keys.

After disabling the keys, they will not launch their respective programs. Effortless registry hacks exhibit the wonder to Enable/Disable Particular Shortcuts Keys on Windows 10. Let’s see:

How to Enable/Disable Particular Shortcuts Keys on Windows 10

Step 1 – To begin with, perform a right-click on the Windows button, and upon the appearance of a menu, click the option Run. Alternatively, you can press the combination of Win+R.

Step 2 – Now, type in regedit  on the specific area adjacent to Open and click OK.

Run command box regedit

Step 3 –  As a result, you will come across a UAC prompt where you should click on Yes.

Step 4 – When the registry editor appears on the screen, navigate to the below-written path. Hence, open the keys one by one in the left segment.


Step 5 – Now, when you reach the Advanced key, right-click on it. Hover the cursor on New and subsequently click on the 2nd option String Value.

Registry Editor Right click Advanced New String Value

Step 6 – Next, name this String Value as DisabledHotkeys and then do a double-click on it.

String Value DisabledHotkeys

Step 7 – Depending on what characters of shortcut keys you desire to disable, type in that character in the Value data space.

For instance,

1. Write down E if you want to disable the shortcut Win+E.

2. Type in the character I in order to disable the shortcut Win+I.

3. Write out EI to disable the shortcut Win+E and Win+I.

Step 8 – Once you assign the characters in the Value data box, click OK.

Enable/Disable Particular Shortcuts Keys on Windows 10

As shown above, follow the guidelines and whenever you press those shortcut keys, they will be left unassigned.

Note – To re-assign the specific shortcut key(s), simply remove that character in Step 7 above and click OK.

In Windows, these are the some of the keyboard shortcuts that use the WIN key along with the combination of other keys. Few are here –

Shortcut Keys  Results
Win+A Launches Action Center
Win+R This specified sequence opens Run box
Win+E Starts the File Explorer
Win+I Launch Settings application
Win+P Open the Project screen
Win+S Brings Cortana search
Win+L Locks the screen
Win+M Minimize all the active windows
Win+SHIFT+M Bring back the running minimized window
Win+B Targets Taskbar notification area
Win+T Focus Taskbar buttons
Win+X Launches power user menu
Win+D Takes you to Desktop
Win+Prt Sc Takes and saves a snapshot


To summarize, Windows provide an option to disable all Windows shortcut keys at a time. But with these simple and straightforward steps, you can disable one or multiple shortcut keys of your choice.

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Topics:  Windows 10
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.