How To Disable Any Key On Keyboard On Windows 11 or 10 - Windows Basics


Sunday, October 22, 2023

How To Disable Any Key On Keyboard On Windows 11 or 10

You have a key on your Windows keyboard that you never use, but sometimes, you still press it by mistake. Or maybe the key is stuck and no longer works. A simple way to solve such key issues is to completely disable that particular key. Don't worry, though, because it won't last forever. You can always re-enable it whenever you need it.

Next, the article will present the simplest methods to disable any specific key. Let's find out right below!

1. Use the KeyTweak application

KeyTweak is a free tool that allows you to disable any specific key on your Windows keyboard. All you have to do is select a particular key and then proceed to disable it. Follow the steps below to get started:

1. Download and launch KeyTweak.

2. Select the key you want to disable.

3. In the Keyboard Controls section, select Disable Key.

4. Click Apply.

You will then be asked to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. And thus the key you selected will be disabled after reboot.

Re-enable the disabled key

However, if you later decide you want to re-enable all the disabled keys, all you have to do is reopen the app and click Restore All Defaults. A quick reboot afterwards and your keyboard keys should work again.

2. Use AutoHotkey

AutoHotkey is a free scripting language used to automate repetitive tasks on Windows 10. You can also use it to disable a specific key in Windows.

First, let's take a look at the list of supported keys from the official AutoHotkey website:

Download AutoHotkey

If the key you want to disable is supported, download AutoHotkey and follow the steps below:

1. Open any text editor and enter the key's reference name, followed by ::return. You will find the reference name from the link above. Here, for simplicity, the article will disable the Caps Lock key.

2. Save this script (using the .ahk extension) in a safe location where you can easily find it.

3. Double click on this newly created script.

This will launch the AutoHotKey script and that specific key will be disabled.

If you need to use this key again in the future, you will only have to stop the AutoHotkey script and the settings will return to normal. To do this, right-click the H icon on your taskbar and select Suspend Hotkeys.

Good luck!

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