I'm using Eclipse in Windows XP. One of my favorite shortcuts is CTRL+ALT+DOWN (or CTRL+ALT+UP) to duplicate a line.

I just found that on this machine (XP ThinkPad, with NVIDIA graphics driver), this is has the effect of fliping the screen upside down, which I will rarely use.

How can I disable this? Or, if that is difficult, is there a way to give Eclipse hotkeys precedence over any other hotkeys? I'm not sure if this is an OS 'feature' or a background utility, or a function of the graphics driver, but any suggestions that would help me track this down and eliminate it would be appreciated.

I've looked through the choices on the NVIDIA control panel, and I don't find any hotkey options.

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    Are you sure it's and OS shortcut? Could there be a utility running in the background to control orientation?
    – Tog
    May 5 '11 at 19:32
  • @Tog - Good point. How would you investigate this? May 5 '11 at 19:33
  • Have a look in the programs list for oem utilities, check the task manager, check the startup list using msconfig
    – Tog
    May 5 '11 at 19:40
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    This is a very annoying setting for IntelliJ users since "ctrl+alt+left/right" are used to navigate code you were editing.
    – dance2die
    Apr 2 '16 at 12:56

I have not tested on AMD/ATI graphics, but I know for a fact that all Intel drivers do this and some Nvidia drivers.

Simply go in to the configuration tool of your driver and look under a section called hotkeys and disable it.

For Intel:

Screenshot from the Intel specific display driver

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    I feel like a dunce, but I can't find the configuration tool of my driver. Where do I look? May 5 '11 at 19:55
  • Found it, but didn't find hotkeys, edited question. May 5 '11 at 20:04
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    For those who can't find these settings - try following the route: Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → Display → Screen Resolution → Advanced Settings → Graphics Driver
    – lyuba
    May 20 '12 at 15:13
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    I found the hotkey settings in the Context Menu of the Intel HD Graphics SysTray icon. Graphics Options > Hotkeys > Disable. Jul 27 '12 at 13:29
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    Whaao! That was super amazing. I just searched settings and found peanuts! Thanks!
    – sud007
    Jun 3 '16 at 15:52

Looks like the answer is to right-click your desktop, select Graphics Options >>> Hot Keys >>> Disable.

disabling graphics hotkeys

Though see here, where someone describes doing this, having it work for a while, and then having an update borking it for them. Others have suggested in a worst-case like this to uninstall the configuration software installed with your driver but to keep the driver. I'm a little anxious that that's not an nVidia fix, though, since you have to use the above route to disable them in the first place, not some sort of control panel.

In any event, the Graphics Options route worked for me in a similar situation.

  • Graphics Properties and Graphics Options are not always available (I checked on four computers, with Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit, and two with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit. Only one, one of the two with Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit, had these two options). (Are these added by the specific display driver?) Oct 30 '13 at 13:29
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    Perfect thanks. This was interfering with my favorite Visual Studio hotkey
    – Vazgen
    Oct 2 '14 at 17:55

If disable the Intel driver hotkey feature is not usefull, you can try to change the hotkey and then disable it. On my computer, this method works.

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    the solution is to assign other shortcuts before disabling them. When I disabled the shortcuts, the screen didn't rotate but the keystrokes were not being recorded by visual studio (in my case) Apr 6 '15 at 0:31

That is a function of the display driver, not the OS. You will need to check the settings in the Display Driver to see if it can be disabled.

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