by Jeremy Stanley



DisableWinKey is a quick and dirty utility for Windows that prevents the Windows key from launching the Start Menu and stealing focus from your application. Particularly useful if you are prone to hit the Windows key instead of the Ctrl or Alt keys in full screen games.


Just run the program. An ugly little icon that looks vaguely like a key with a red "X" over it will appear in the tray. The Windows key will not work until you right-click the icon and select "Exit". Alternatively, you can exit the program by running "DisableWinKey unload" on the command line.


This program doesn't actually disable the Windows key, like its name implies. It just prevents the Start Menu from stealing focus when you press it. It also prevents Ctrl+Esc from working, incidentally.


Feel free to distribute this program freely, modify it, borrow code from it, etc.