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This is driving me bonkers as I use both a mac and windows machine, on the mac to move the cursor through words I press OPTION+ARROW, on a PC it's CTRL+ARROW, I am not too worried about the reversed keys, but what is annoying is when I get to my windows computer and I accidentally press the WINDOWS key by mistake with an arrow key it docks the window to the side of the screen, which is quite troubling, I'd prefer it to do nothing as it did in XP and Vista, any ideas?

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Microsoft has a little doohickie that will disable your Windows key for you here, or you can disable it yourself by modifying your registry:

  • Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK.
  • On the Windows menu, click HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE on Local Machine.
  • Double-click the System\CurrentControlSet\Control folder, and then click the Keyboard Layout folder.
  • On the Edit menu, click Add Value, type in Scancode Map, click REG_BINARY as the Data Type, and then click OK.
  • Type 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000 in the Data field, and then click OK.
  • Close Registry Editor and restart the computer.
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Fantastic goblinbox, I haven't restarted yet but it looks like disabling the windows key will do the perfect thing for me, I never used it, even for the start menu I have always pressed CTRL+ESC, thanks a billion :) – Brett Ryan Mar 8 '11 at 1:00
No kidding! It's a rare user who needs that Windows key, methinks. – goblinbox Mar 8 '11 at 1:13

You can use AutoHotKey to disable any standard windows shortcut keys. This does not involve updating the registry. Simply download the standalone autohotkey program. Then create a file, say "DisableWinKeys.ahk" on Desktop. Open it in Notepad and write following in it:

#+right:: ;This will disable the effect of Win + -> 
#+left::  ;This will disable the effect of Win + <- 

Save the file and open it with ahk.exe from AutoHotKey folder. That's it. If you close the "H" icon from System Tray, it will enable the shortcuts again.

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Wow, that does sound neat. I've already tried the registry approach though this one does seem very handy indeed, especially for those who still want the windows key to open the start menu. – Brett Ryan Mar 8 '11 at 1:43
Thanks for sharing. For a version including the shift key and the up and down arrows see – Felix Alcala Dec 19 '13 at 14:17

For non-power-users, I have just answered a similar question.


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