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How to disable or reassign a key on a computer (laptop)


How to “disable” accidentally pressing the INSERT key

I want to share my little secret, which greatly facilitated my work in Word.

Surely you have come across this situation more than once or twice: when you overshot the BackSpace key (Home, Delete. - underline what you need), you clicked on the ill-fated Insert key. Why ill-fated? Yes, because the result was the replacement mode, in which, as you know, new characters are not inserted, but replace already typed text. And since far from everyone knows the method of touch printing, in such a simple way it was possible to erase half the offer, or even more, until you notice the consequences of an unfortunate miss.

I don’t know how, but I stepped on this rake many times. I was looking in the Word settings for how to disable this annoying mode, but could not find it. Therefore, I had to go in a roundabout way. Since the Insert key in Word does not perform any useful function, it was decided to disable it altogether. The way I settled on the following: we write an empty macro and "hang" it on Insert.

You can do it this way:

Select in the menu Tools (Tools) => Macros (Macros) => Start recording (Record New Macro), then specify the name of the macro (for example, DisableInsertButton), click OK.
Now immediately click "Stop Recording" on the small panel that appears.
Next, go to Tools (Tools) => Settings (Customize) => Keyboard (Keyboard), in the "Categories" section, select "Macros", and in the next section "Macros" select the newly recorded empty macro (DisableInsertButton).
In the "New shortcut" field, click on Insert and then click Assign. All, close all the windows. The Insert key is disabled.
It remains to add that this key has been disabled for me, probably, for about two years and during all this time I have never had the opportunity to regret its "incapacity for work".

Disable reassign the desired keys on the keyboard

In solving this problem, a small free utility will help us, with the help of which we can do the following in just a few clicks:

  • reassignment - this means changing the input of a character or command that the key carries out.
  • disable - you can disable a key or several keys at once. If you subsequently press a disabled key, the system will not react in any way, as if there were no pressing at all.
  1. Go to the official website and download the utility from there Sharp keys. The program runs on all versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 10. It does not require installation; launching the main executable file will display the program’s working window.

    The program interface is in English, but this is absolutely not a problem. Everything is intuitive here. To specify a key to be reassigned or completely disabled, click on the button Add in the program interface.

    In the additionally displayed program window, we see two menu blocks. In the left block called Map this key indicates the key to be reassigned or disabled. You can select a key from the extensive list, or you can quickly indicate why you should press the button below this list Type key and then press the desired key on the keyboard.

    Having specified the key, we will only have to choose what to do when it is pressed. This is done in a block. To this keywhich is on the right. If you select the very first item under the name Turn key off, then the key will be disabled. The remaining items allow you to specify the desired character or command. This unit also has a key Type key, with the help of which you can directly select the input character or command that will be executed when you click on the reassigned key that was selected in the third step.

    After specifying a key and selecting the symbol command for it, click on the key Ok. As a result, you will return to the main window, in which you must click on the button with the name Write to registry.

    As a result of this action, the changes will be saved in the operating system settings. For the entry into force of which will remain to restart the computer.

  2. After the reboot, the key will either be disabled or will enter another character or command, as you indicated in the previous steps. The number of disconnected or reassigned keys is unlimited, just use the button Add and specify other desired keys.
    Because Since the program disables and reassigns the keys through the system settings of the operating system itself, its launch is only necessary for configuration, it is not required to constantly run and keep it in RAM.

As we can see, disabling unused keys or entering the required characters or commands using other keys is quite simple, and in any version of the Windows operating system, including the most advanced tenth version of the operating system from Microsoft.

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