Enable, Disable Win+L Shortcut Key on Windows 10/8/7

If you find the Win+L shortcut or the WinKey+L or Windows Key + L hotkey, getting in your way, you may want to consider turning off or disabling this combination key. To do this, you will have to edit the Windows Registry.

The WinKey is the key with the Windows logo shown on it, and it is usually found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard. These shortcuts are also known as Microsoft keyboard shortcuts.

If you are sure that you would like to disable the Win+L shortcut, that locks your computer and brings you to the Lock Screen, you can move on!

Disable Win+L shortcut

Once you have created a system restore point or backed up the Registry, open Run, type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

Disable Win+L shortcut

Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

In the right pane, right-click and opt to create a new DWORD 32-bit value. Once you have done this, name it  DisableLockWorkstation. Next, double-click on it and in the Value Data space provided, give it a value of 1, Hexadecimal. Click OK.

  • A value of 1 will disable the Windows Key
  • A value of 0 will enable the Windows Key

You may have to restart your computer. Afer doing this, if you press Win+L hotkey, Windows will not take you to the lock screen. It will just not do anything!

To reverse the changes, ie. to enable or turn on the Windows key, give it a value 0 – or else simply delete this key.

While some of you may want to disable just the Win+L shortcut key, there may be some of you who may want to completely disable Windows key or WinKey – while yet others may want to create your own WinKey shortcuts. These links will tell you how to do so.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

4 Comments

  1. Ron Reb

    Maybe I’m wrong but the path to make the DWord is not applicable if one opted to only go with Windows 7 Premium and not the Pro. Yes, there is a folder in Policies but only one and it’s Explorer. I am reluctant to create a folder called System for fear of any consequences. What do you recommend?

  2. You can create the folder and then the DWORD. It will work. But FIRST remember to create a system restore point or back up the Registry,

  3. Chúngmàykhóc Ch?cgì?ãkh?taotuy

    ok..thanks you very much.

  4. MackTruckerGirl

    Got Microsoft support sucks.

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