Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Haja Peer Mohamed H

Hack the Windows Logo Key | How To Remove The Win Key Settings From Your System Registry

What if your keyboard has no Winkey? Strictly speaking, you don’t really need it, but there are a bunch of nifty keyboard shortcuts you can only do with the Winkey, such as Winkey+D to show the desktop, Winkey+R to run a program, and Winkey+Tab to use the Flip 3D task switcher.

To give your keyboard a Winkey, or any other key it doesn’t have, you need a keyboard remapping tool. Most tools use an obscure feature already built in to Windows, such as

KeyTweak (free, http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/), and  

Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (http://www.annoyances.org/exec/software/mklc). 
First, pick a key on your keyboard you don’t use the righthand Alt key is usually a good candidate for the Windows Logo Key and remap it to the key you want Windows to think you pressed. 

In SharpKeys, for instance, click Add, select Special: Right Alt from the Map this key list, select Special: Left Windows from the To this key list, and click OK. Back in the main window, click Write to Registry, and then log out and back in again for the change to take effect.
Of course, the Winkey isn’t for everyone. On most keyboards, it’s right next to the Space bar, which means it’s easy to hit by accident. And since it’s one of the few keys that takes the focus away from the active window, it can be decidedly inconvenient if you press it while you’re typing.

To disable Winkey, all you do is use one of the aforementioned keyboard remapping tools to remap Winkey to something innocuous, like Ctrl or Pause/Break. Or, if you have the MyExpose task switcher installed, you can remap the Winkey to activate MyExpose instead. While you’re at it, you can likewise disable some other nuisance keys like Insert (Ins), so you’ll never again inadvertently delete text as you type.

If you want to keep your Windows logo key, but you don’t like the Winkey hotkey combinations (e.g., Winkey+R), you can turn those off with a quick Registry hack. Open the Registry Editor and expand the branches to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Explorer. Create a new DWord value by selecting Edit ➝ New ➝ DWord Value (32-bit), and then name the new value NoWinKeys. Double-click the new value, type 1 for its data, and click OK. You’ll need to log out and then back in again for the change to take effect.

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