Learn how to turn off Windows+X hotkeys in Windows 7.
Keyboards with a Windows key provide users with shortcuts to common shell features. For example, pressing the keyboard sequence Windows+R opens the Run dialog box; pressing Windows+E starts Windows Explorer. By using this setting, you can disable these Windows+X shortcut keys.
If you enable this setting, the Windows+X shortcut keys are unavailable.
If you disable or do not configure this setting, the Windows+X shortcut keys are available.
Disable Windows Hotkeys
- Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.
Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.
- Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.
- Double-click Turn off Windows+X Hotkeys in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
- Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.
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