Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

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qazplm
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Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

Post by qazplm » Thu Dec 17, 2015 11:03 am

Since I upgraded to Windows 10, hotkeys that contain windows key no longer work. Is this fixable? And if yes, can you override windows hotkeys; for example: Win + S to show Everything instead of Cortana? Thank you!

mwsm
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Re: Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

Post by mwsm » Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:18 pm

You can indeed disable the default Windows hotkeys selectively, if you don't mind tweaking the registry:

http://voidtools.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... =955#p8942
http://windowssecrets.com/forums/showth ... post897852
http://geoffchappell.com/notes/windows/ ... otkeys.htm

For example, to disable Win+S you would create a "DisabledHotkeys" registry key (see the links above for details) and add an "S". Virtual-key codes for other keys:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dd375731

Note that I have only tested this in Windows 7, not 10.

qazplm
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Re: Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

Post by qazplm » Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:02 am

mwsm wrote:You can indeed disable the default Windows hotkeys selectively, if you don't mind tweaking the registry:

http://voidtools.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... =955#p8942
http://windowssecrets.com/forums/showth ... post897852
http://geoffchappell.com/notes/windows/ ... otkeys.htm

For example, to disable Win+S you would create a "DisabledHotkeys" registry key (see the links above for details) and add an "S". Virtual-key codes for other keys:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dd375731

Note that I have only tested this in Windows 7, not 10.
Thank you very much, this works flawlessly. I didn't know about this trick before.

Amorie
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Re: Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

Post by Amorie » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:26 am

mwsm wrote:You can indeed disable the default Windows hotkeys selectively, if you don't mind tweaking the registry:

http://voidtools.com/forum/viewtopic.ph ... =955#p8942
http://windowssecrets.com/forums/showth ... post897852
http://geoffchappell.com/notes/windows/ ... otkeys.htm

For example, to disable Win+S you would create a "DisabledHotkeys" registry key (see the links above for details) and add an "S". Virtual-key codes for other keys:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dd375731

Note that I have only tested this in Windows 7, not 10.
Awesome, I didn't know about this either. Thanks for sharing mwsm.

uberthin
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Re: Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

Post by uberthin » Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:29 pm

1) Stop windows (use the task manager to kill explorer.exe) Now explorer no longer has ownership of the keyboard shortcuts.

2) Use the task manager to run the program you want (file -> run new task)

3) In the program you want assign the keyboard shortcut you want.

4) Run explorer.exe again using the task manager (file -> run new task -> explorer)

5) The keyboard shortcut should still work fine in your program, since it was already taken when explorer started. You can close and reopen your program and things will still work.

6) Repeat all steps every time your computer restarts

NotNull
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Re: Cannot use windows key as hotkeys in Windows 10

Post by NotNull » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:50 pm

Creative! :)

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