I just got window 8 with new laptop (sadly, and yuck this OS sucks, if it wasn't for gaming I would so switch to ubuntu). I've been systematically disabling and changing settings till I have almost gotten it to a working OS.

My current issue is with the new hotkeys, most notably window + D. I play MMO with many hot keys mapped to to speed up activating them, and ALT+D is a major one, so I'm not happey when my finger slips to window+D and I toggle out of the game only to come back to everyone dead. I want to prevent this toggling while I have a game open.

Ideally, I like to know if there is a way to keep the shortcut, but just disable it when I have an app running in full screen mode open, or even disable it only for certain apps. Failing that I would settle for a way to either re-map the hotkey or remove it entirely.

can anyone help me? a dead raid thanks to window's 8 will thank you.

  • 2
    Windows + D has been in Windows for a while now, it's not Windows 8 specific.
    – ZippyV
    Jul 20, 2013 at 10:43

2 Answers 2


You can use WKey Disabler to temporarily disable the Windows key. If you're willing to learn some scripting with AutoHotKey, it's trivial to disable the key automatically when certain programs are running.

  • I'm sorry it took so long to reply, but thank you very much. AutoHotKey has not only removed the toggle problem, it now maps windows to Alt, so I will activiate my abilities easier, and allowed me to fix an annoyance with SWOTR (that I can't map ctrl+space or shift+space). AND when I realized I had to use windowed mode I learned that toggling is so much easier in windowed mode, should have done that long ago :)
    – dsollen
    Aug 23, 2013 at 5:34
  • For anyone who goes the AutoHotKey route It worked great..after a bit of effort. First, you have to run your MMO in Windowed mode (check prefernces). Then You must run AutoHotKey as admin, here a helpfull link: blog.danskingdom.com/… Finally your want to use the IfWinActive with ahk_class PlayerClient (I think PlayerClient applies to all MMO but can't test that). here my final file: note I mapped all the ctrl-space and shift-space to ctrl-L and shift-L so that I could then map those to abilities in game.
    – dsollen
    Aug 23, 2013 at 5:36
  • #IfWinActive, ahk_class PlayerClient LWin::Alt ^Space::^L !Space::!L +Space::+L #IfWinActive
    – dsollen
    Aug 23, 2013 at 5:36

AutoHotKey is an excellent tool, but if all you want to do is disable one key, it's clearly overkill.

WKey Disabler was a much simpler solution. Unfortunately, the project is archived, and we can't download the application anymore.

Let me suggest another open-source application that I created:


The principle is the same as WKey Disabler: open the app to disable the Windows keys, close it to restore them.

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Unlike WKey Disabler, it's a native application, and therefore, has a minimal footprint.

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