I'm trying to lock down a kiosk PC and need to disable various 'Ctrl + key' keyboard shortcuts.
I started by disabling them individually using AutoHotkey...


but keep discovering new ones shortcuts (did you know that 'Ctrl + Q' in IE8 displays a tab thumbnail page). So I tried to disable the Ctrl key completely using stuff like:


with no luck.

Any ideas?

  • How about Ctrl::return? – Jamie Schembri Nov 22 '10 at 17:23
  • @Jamie. Tried that – pelms Nov 23 '10 at 11:11
  • SharpKeys is your best bet – William Sep 20 '18 at 1:54

For the standard shortcuts, refer to this list and setup a hotkey instance to override it. For example, I made an ALT & F4 hotkey, which would normally close the active window, and made it enter some text instead. It works:

ALT & F4::
Send foobar ; This line sends keystrokes to the active (foremost) window.

That only fixes each instance. To disable a key (ALT) by itself use:


For more on that see this.

Watch out for other key combinations made possible by installed software/reg edits such as this video card instance.

  • 'CTRL::Return' doesn't work unfortunately. – pelms Nov 23 '10 at 14:04
  • It does actually disable the key when pressed by itself. For key combinations such as copy or paste (ctrl+c, ctrl+v) you have to have separate hotkey instances for each (ex ctrl & c::return) See here: autohotkey.com/forum/topic65275.html – Flotsam N. Jetsam Nov 23 '10 at 15:15

You might take a look at Opera Kiosk mode.


The easiest way to solve this would be simply to remap the control key to the shift key. That way, control+v becomes shift+v, which is rather less dangerous. It works on my computer.


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