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Windows 7: Disable a key on MS Ergonomic 4000 keyboard

11 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 8 Pro
 
 
Disable a key on MS Ergonomic 4000 keyboard

The MS software for this 4000 keyboard allows reassigning or disabling of some of the keys, but offers no such facility for the CTRL key. Because of an apparent problem that I have with the little finger on my right hand it often seems to not only strike the Shift key but also strikes the right CTRL key, which opens various windows depending on the key that is struck with my left hand, i.e. CTRL and then an F opens the Find window. Is there some method such as a registry change where I can disable this right CTRL key only? Thanks.

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11 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Im not exactly sure how to do it through windows, sorry.

BUT, as a quick fix until someone here posts an answer, you can always pry off that key to make it harder to press down on it
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11 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Windows Key Shortcuts - Enable or Disable

See if this tutorial will help any.
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11 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Thanks to both of you for the replies. Unfortunately things work only for the Windows Key, and don't apply to the CTRL key. I had tried Kirsch's suggestion, but used a toothpick wedge. I've improved on that a bit with a small piece of Fun Tack, an easily removed sort of putty, and it does the job and is easily removed.
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11 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Here is what you need. I used in the past to disable the num lock key, so that I wouldn't turn it off on accident.

Download KeyTweak - Freeware Software - Tucows
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11 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Petey7's reply and the path to Key Tweak did the job. Fantastic, and a lot better than the Fun Tack. Many thanks!
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11 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

You are very welcome roving. I'm glad I could help
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