How to Disable Specific Keys on Keyboard While Playing Games

How to Disable Specific Keys on Keyboard While Playing Games

I love playing online games to kill boredom. In these games, speed is key, so hotkeys are preferred over mouse clicks. Many of these hotkeys involve the Ctrl and Alt keys. However, the Windows key between these keys can cause problems. I once pressed the Windows key by mistake while trying to make a crucial shot in a game. This took me to my desktop, ruining my gameplay. If you’re a gamer, you’re probably familiar with this issue.

Today I will demonstrate how to use KillKeys, a handy tool for locking specific keys on your keyboard while playing games or working in any application on Windows. We previously wrote about SharpKeys, a tool for remapping or disabling keyboard keys, which you may also find useful.

Using KillKeys

Step 1: Download and extract the KillKeys file to a folder on your computer and run the executable. The app will launch minimized in the system tray.

How to Disable Specific Keys on Keyboard While Playing Games

Step 2: By default, the app will disable the Windows key when running programs in full screen mode. To create custom rules, right-click the system tray icon, and select Options—>Open Settings.

How to Disable Specific Keys on Keyboard While Playing Games

Step 3: The program does not support GUI-based configuration. Instead, you will need to manually edit a notepad file to include or exclude keys. In the text configuration files, you will find two main sections: “keys=” and “Keys_Fullscreen”. The “keys=” section allows you to configure which Windows keys to disable when apps are running in window mode (not full-screen). The “Keys_Fullscreen” list is for disabling keys while running the application in full-screen mode.

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How to Disable Specific Keys on Keyboard While Playing Games

Step 4: Provide the keys’ HEX code with spaces to disable them. Here’s a complete list of HEX codes for all keys on a normal Windows keyboard. Remove the suffix 0x when copying the codes.

That’s it! The app will lock the keys as configured by you. You can set the app to start automatically at boot.

Note: When we say the tool controls keys in full screen mode, we mean it works for games and apps like VLC and PowerPoint Presentation that go full screen.

Conclusion

If you’re a gamer, you’ll appreciate disabling keys while playing. But this tool has many other useful applications. Why not share your ideas?

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