Windows 10: Windows Built in OS hotkey (NOT assignable application hotkeys)

Discus and support Windows Built in OS hotkey (NOT assignable application hotkeys) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; We use dual screen with one application using 1 screen, and the other screen for everything else including the Desktop, File Explorer etc. Application... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by GrumpySmurf, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Windows Built in OS hotkey (NOT assignable application hotkeys)

    We use dual screen with one application using 1 screen, and the other screen for everything else including the Desktop, File Explorer etc.

    Application 1 requires a special Macro Keyboard which sends out CTRL-SHIFT-1 (and 2, 3, 4 etc) to it. These cannot be changed.

    Unfortunately Windows' Desktop OS built in hotkey for CTRL-SHIFT-1 (and 2, 3, 4) happens to be a shortcut to change the desktop & file icon sizes to extremely large etc. Go on, try it. Click on your desktop and press CTRL-SHIFT-1

    How can I either disable these hotkeys when its on the desktop? And still have the Application 1 working with them obviously? Or if I can re-assign them to change active application window that will be even better.

    Please note, these ARE NOT application hotkeys, they are Windows OS built in.

    GrumpySmurf, Jun 5, 2018
  2. Isha Soni Win User

    Windows 10 win hotkey



    Thanks for posting your query to Microsoft forum. I will certainly help you with this.

    Generally WIN key is used to quickly access Start Menu or Start Screen in Windows. But you can also use WIN key in combination with another key to access other programs or features in Windows

    Do you want to Disable WIN+ hotkeys or Disable WIN key completely?

    To disable WIN+ hotkeys, follow the methods:

    METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

    • Press Windows key on the keyboard.
    • Type gpedit.msc in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open
      Group Policy Editor.
    • Now go to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows/File Explorer
    • In right-side pane, look for "Turn off Windows+X hotkeys" option.
    • The option would be set to Not Configured. Double-click on it and set it to

    Note :To re-enable the hotkeys in feature, again set the "Turn off Windows+X hotkeys" option to
    Not Configured.

    METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (regedit)

    Important: This method contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added
    protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge

    How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    • Type regedit in RUN or Start search box and press Enter. It'll open
      Registry Editor.
    • Now go to following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    • In right-side pane, create a new DWORD NoWinKeys and set its value to
    • Close Registry Editor and restart your system. After reboot the WIN+ hotkeys will be turned off in your system.
    Note :To re-enable WIN+ hotkeys in future, delete the DWORD
    NoWinKeys created in step 3.

    Let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to help you further.


    Thanks & Regards,
    Isha Soni, Jun 5, 2018
  3. Laptop hotkeys not working [windows10]

    I used this method and get solution for wifi keys problem on windows 10 on Me HCL laptop.

    I suggest you to try installing Hotkeys driver.

    Follow these steps after install the drivers check if that helps.

    • Download the keyboard drivers and hot fix (PHotkeys) driver from the manufacturer’s website.
    • Install driver on your system
    • Go to Path of installed driver Right-click on the driver setup file and click on ‘Troubleshoot comparability’.
    • On the ‘Test Compatibility settings for the program pop up windows’ open and click the box ‘Test the program’ Once this is done, check if the issue persists.
    bipinlimbasiya, Jun 5, 2018

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