How can I disable or reassign the 'Windows' key?



The Windows key, also known as the Super, Win, or Start key, is a key on a computer keyboard that when pressed, opens the Start menu or Start screen. This key has been part of the Windows operating system since Windows 95.

For many users, the Windows key is a convenient shortcut to the Start menu or Start screen. However, some users may find that the Windows key is a nuisance, because it can be pressed accidentally, launching the Start menu or Start screen and interrupting their work.

Fortunately, Windows users can disable or reassign the Windows key. This is especially useful for gamers who want to prevent accidental Start menu or Start screen launches while playing.

There are two easy ways to disable or reassign the Windows key: through the Windows registry or by using a third-party utility.

Using the Windows Registry

The Windows registry is a database of settings and options that is used to configure the operating system. It can be used to disable or reassign the Windows key.

1. First, open the Windows registry editor by pressing Windows+R and typing “regedit” in the Run box.

2. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Keyboard Layout

3. Right-click on the Keyboard Layout key and select New -> Binary Value.

4. Name the new value “Scancode Map” and press Enter.

5. Double-click on the new Scancode Map value and set its data value to F0002000000000000.

6. Close the registry editor and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Using a Third-Party Utility

If you’re not comfortable editing the Windows registry, you can use a third-party utility to disable or reassign the Windows key. There are many free utilities available that can easily disable or reassign the Windows key.

One of the most popular is SharpKeys. To use SharpKeys to disable or reassign the Windows key:

1. Download and install SharpKeys from its website.

2. Open SharpKeys and click Add.

3. In the Add New Key Mapping window, select the Type Key button and press the Windows key.

4. Select the Disable Key option and click OK.

5. Click Write to Registry to save the changes.

6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Conclusion

The Windows key is a convenient shortcut to the Start menu or Start screen, but it can also be a nuisance if it is pressed accidentally. Fortunately, Windows users can disable or reassign the Windows key through the Windows registry or by using a third-party utility. This is a great way to prevent accidental Start menu or Start screen launches while playing games or working.

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