How to Disable a Windows Media Player Hot Key


Hot keys are a shorthand device for entering commands into a computer or computer program. They allow you to save yourself the time of searching through menus for the correct option. Hot keys is somewhat of a misnomer, in that they usually require two keys to make the command. For example, in most programs, holding down "Ctrl" won't necessarily do anything. But if you also hold down "S," you'll enter the command to save your work. Hot keys are generally on by default. Although there is no real reason to turn off the hot keys, it can be done.

  • Click on "Start," and find the search box at the bottom. Type in "regedit" and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to initiate the search.

  • A UAC prompt will appear on your screen. Click "Continue" to get past it. This opens up a new window called the Registry Editor.

  • Navigate to the Policies folder by using the following chain of command: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies.

  • Right-click on the Policies folder and select "New" followed by "Key." A subfolder will appear beneath Policies. Name the folder "Explorer."

  • Right-click an empty area near the Policies folder, and select "New" followed by "DWORD (32 BIT) Value." Type "NoWinKeys," with no spaces, and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. The right pane will have that command appear.

  • Right-click on the "NoWinKeys" in the right pane. Select "Modify." To disable hot keys, type the number "1" and click "OK." Close your windows, and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • To turn hot keys back on, follow the same steps, but type the number "0" in step 6.

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