Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

How can the Windows + S keyboard shortcut be disabled on Windows 8.1?

I had Win+S mapped to take a screen capture in Windows 8 using Evernote. (not using Windows built-in PrintScr to capture the entire screen): enter image description here

After the update, Win+S always brings up the Search panel: enter image description here

A solution using RegEdit would be fine. I just need it disabled so that other capture programs, such as Evernote and Greenshot can use it (as before, pre-Win 8.1).

share|improve this question
up vote 8 down vote accepted

You can disable preassigned Windows shortcuts with a registry Hack. Just start a new plaintext file with the content:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


and save it as something like disableWinS.reg. Run the created reg file by double-clicking and confirm the prompt to add the key to your registry. Then restart your machine and Win+S is happy to be assigned by Evernote!

PS: 53,00,00,00 is just hex code for S. If other keys are required, just check a ASCII Code chart


share|improve this answer
Doesn't seem to work for disabling Win-Z :( – Ross Presser Mar 7 '14 at 18:36
I'm not sure what Win-Z is binded to. It seems "free" on my Win 8.1 machine with German keyboard layout/language settings. What happens when you press it? – BunchOfSage Mar 26 '14 at 1:40
Nothing happens when I press it, but other programs (ArsClip and Jing in particular. I don't use Evernote or Greensnap) that allow me to set hotkeys, don't come up if I have assigned Win-Z. – Ross Presser Mar 26 '14 at 16:55
Aha. This list from Microsoft says Win-Z is reserved for "Show the commands available in the app" -- presumably, on Metro apps. – Ross Presser Mar 26 '14 at 16:57
This works for Windows 10 also ;-) – Johno Scott Sep 27 '15 at 8:50

Win+S used to give you OneNote screen capture; now it goes to Win8.1 search. However Win+Shift+S still goes to onenote.

share|improve this answer
Good point. That works for OneNote 2013, but not for OneNote 2010. Also, really looking for a non-OneNote solution. – Rubistro Oct 31 '13 at 1:36

Using AutoHotkey you can reclaim keys that even the DisabledHotkeys registry setting won't restore. For example, this AutoHotKey script will remap Win-Z to Shift-Ctrl-Z. Configure your program to respond to Shift-Ctrl-Z and it won't know the difference.

share|improve this answer
Oh, just noticed @jaychris also mentioned AutoHotKey. – Ross Presser Mar 7 '14 at 18:52

In Windows 8.1, Win + PrtScrn is the key for screen capture.

I can think of a couple of ways to keep Win + S to be quiet.

  1. May not be for everyone. Autohotkey can be used to map any key to anything. Win + S can be mapped to do nothing. I am not elaborating since you might not be interested in this.
  2. A dummy .bat file can be created and Win + S can be used as the shortcut key. Some instructions can be found here. Basically create a donothing.bat in the desktop and assign Win + S as its shortcut key.
share|improve this answer
Win+PrintScreen is the key for screen capture in windows 8 too – Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Oct 21 '13 at 6:18
Good point, PrintScr can be used to capture the entire screen. Is there a way to capture only the selected region? – Rubistro Oct 21 '13 at 17:31
@Rubistro I like the built-in "Snipping Tool" for that, but have also been known to run Greenshot which maps itself to just printscrn, and is free. – Mark Allen Oct 22 '13 at 0:18

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .