Are you facing an issue in which random applications open when you press any key on the keyboard? If random applications open when pressing any key on the keyboard & the keyboard is opening shortcuts instead of typing letters, then this post may help you. The issue is very annoying as it does not let you concentrate on your work. Whenever you type something, Windows launches a random application.
Before you move ahead towards the troubleshooting steps, change your keyboard to know whether it is working fine or not. Many users have also reported that they were able to fix the issue by pressing Windows + Alt keys at the same time. You can also try this, but it is only a temporary solution.
Keyboard opening shortcuts instead of typing letters
The following solutions may help you fix the issue:
- Disable the Stickey and Filter keys.
- Disable WindowsInkWorkspace.
- Run the Keyboard Troubleshooter.
- Reinstall the Keyboard driver.
1] Disable the Stickey and Filter keys
Sometimes, Sticky and Filter keys can cause the problem if they are turned On. The only way to check if these keys are the real culprit for the problem is to disable them. Launch Windows Settings app and turn Off the Sticky keys and Filter keys.
2] Disable WindowsInkWorkspace
If the above method did not solve your problem, try to disable the Windows Ink Workspace. To do so, you have to modify the Registry values. But before you proceed, it is suggested to create a backup of the registry so that you can restore it if any problem occurs.
Follow the below-listed steps:
Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
Type regedit and click OK. This will open the Registry Editor. If you get UAC (User Account Control) window, click Yes.
Navigate to the following path. Alternatively, you can paste this path into the address bar of the Registry Editor and press Enter:
Expand the Microsoft key.
Check if it contains the WindowsInkWorkspace subkey. If not, create it. To do so, right-click on the Microsoft key and select New > Key and name it as WindowsInkWorkspace.
Now, right-click on the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Rename the newly created value as AllowWindowsInkWorkspace.
Double-click on it and set its value to 0.
Restart your system.
3] Run the Keyboard Troubleshooter
You can also run the Keyboard Troubleshooter and see if that works.
4] Reinstall the Keyboard driver
We hope this article helped you solve the issue.