On Windows 8 pressing "Windows + T" in any program moves keyboard focus to the taskbar.
I want to assign a different function to this hotkey, but the default is overriding my custom one. How can I disable the taskbar's hotkey?
Disable specific hotkeys
Although undocumented, File Explorer (previously known as Windows Explorer) provides a per-user registry entry which can selectively disable some Explorer-related hotkeys. The registry value is called
To disable Win+T follow these steps:
The change thus described may be made manually in Registry Editor, or by copying the above example to a file with extension ".reg" and run it; then, restart Windows Explorer via Task Manager (or just log out and back in) so that the change will take effect. To reverse the change, modify the file to contain
If you want to retain some Windows-key hotkeys, while disabling others, your best option as far as I know is to disable them all using the above method, then use AutoHotkey or some equivalent to create hotkey bindings for the actions you wish to retain.
Some such actions, such as invoking the Run dialog as
Similar methods will exist for other special actions; they may take some digging, but patience and perseverance will turn them up in the end.
Update: Even by this method, you may find it's not possible to override