We have been asked literally multiple times to explain how to disable a key on keyboard in Windows operating system. Why anyone would want to do this is something of a mystery, but for those who want to disable a key on keyboard in Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, here is the perfect solution.
There is a provision in Group Policy to turn on or off some popular keys such as the Windows logo key but other keys on the keyboard can’t be disabled using Group Policy.
While one can manually edit Windows Registry to disable a key, most users prefer get things done without touching the Registry.
Simple Disable Key
For all those looking for a simple solution to get one or more keys on the keyboard on a PC running Windows 10 or earlier versions, you can use a free tool called Simple Disable Key.
The Simple Disable Key sports an easy-to-understand interface and disabling a key on your keyboard is extremely easy when using this software.
Disable a key for a specific program
The ability to disable a key for a specific program is one of the key features of this free utility. Additionally, there is even an option to disable a key for specific time period.
Although this is the initial release of the program, Simple Disable Key is extremely nice and works without any issues. In our test, it recognized all keys of my Lenovo ThinkPad as well as of my Microsoft Wireless 6000 keyboard.
In short, you can use Simple Disable Key to disable all alphabet keys (A to Z), function keys (F1 to F12), Control, Alt, Tab, Esc, Windows logo, Shift, CapsLock, Spacebar, NumLock, Home, Insert, Page Up, Page Down, Delete, End, Print Screen, Scroll Lock, Pause and arrow keys.
Use Simple Disable Key program to disable a key in Windows 10/8/7:
Step 1: Download Simple Disable Key program. Run the setup file and follow on-screen directions to get it installed.
NOTE: Since Simple Disable Key is a new program, Windows SmartScreen might warn you against running this software when you attempt to launch the setup file.
Step 2: Launch Simple Disable Key, select a language.
Step 3: To disable a key, select the Key field and then press a key on your keyboard that you want to disable and then click Add Key. For instance, if you want to disable the key “K”, press “K” key on your keyboard to add “K” key to the list.
If you want to disable more than one key at a time, please click the Add button again and then repeat more steps again.
Step 4: When you click Add Key button, you will see the following dialog when three options: Program, Always, and Schedule.
Select Always option if you want to turn off the key for always and for all programs.
Choose Program option if you want to turn off the selected key for a specific program. Once you select this option, you will see an option to choose the program executable file.
And use the Schedule option to disable the selected key for a specific time interval.
Step 5: Finally, click OK button to disable selected key(s).
To enable all disabled keys, click Tools menu and then click Enable All Keys option. Simple as that!
Lastly, if you want to permanently disable a key using Simple Disable Key, you need to add the program to the startup folder by clicking Options menu and then clicking Run on Windows Startup option.