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
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 19:32
  • @Tog - Good point. How would you investigate this? Commented May 5, 2011 at 19:33
  • Have a look in the programs list for oem utilities, check the task manager, check the startup list using msconfig
    – Tog
    Commented May 5, 2011 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
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 12:56

4 Answers 4


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? Commented May 5, 2011 at 19:55
  • Found it, but didn't find hotkeys, edited question. Commented May 5, 2011 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
    Commented May 20, 2012 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. Commented Jul 27, 2012 at 13:29
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    Whaao! That was super amazing. I just searched settings and found peanuts! Thanks!
    – sud007
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 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?) Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 13:29
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    Perfect thanks. This was interfering with my favorite Visual Studio hotkey
    – Vazgen
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 17:55
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    THANKS! Same happened to me with intellij shortcut ovverriden by this stupid thing Commented Nov 26, 2022 at 11:41

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) Commented Apr 6, 2015 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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