How to disable all keyboard shortcuts?

By DKeith45 ·
I could curse up a blue streak right now about frigging keyboard shortcuts. I HATE THE bastages. I've tried physically removing keys to stop the dang things from screwing up my writing but problems still crop up from time to time like tonight where I had spent over an hour writing an email reply to a friend, and inadvertently hit CTRL-something causing the letter I was working on to be deleted... I was able to retrieve it, but all my changes were erased, -sob- I hate keyboard shortcuts, I hates 'em to pieces... anyone out there know how to kill 'em for good? Some way to disable 'em all until I actually want to use one? Arrgg.

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If you where to remove

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How to disable all keyboa ...

The Keyboard there then wouldn't be any problems would there?

But your answer here is to learn Good Keyboard Habits not try to screw with the keyboard to remove things that do not cause a real problem. You really need to look at the user here not the things built into the OS to try to make life easier.


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by DKeith45 In reply to If you where to remove

After many hours of searching the net, I've found that there are millions of other users who hate keyboard shortcuts. It's crazy. 2010 and keyboard shortcuts are still forced on us when we've had little need for them for a great many years. In MY case, I have a birth defect where my little fingers on each hand are curved inward so maybe that's why I have this problem... where VERY often things happen while typing that I do NOT want to happen because of these cursed keyboard shortcuts. It's astounding that there is no way to force them off. wow.

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Sorry about your disability

by ComputerCookie In reply to Grrr

However you're stuck with it, I find that when I teach seniors how to use a computer I place a lot of emphasis on keyboard short cuts as they have difficulty with the mouse due to arthritis, try explaining to a person in their late seventies that they need to left click on their mouse and when they do one of their arthritic digits has right clicked. I'm sorry I have no sympathy for you, if you are spending one hour to write an email, you are either going to bore the recipient or your keboard skills are extremely poor.

If you persist in using the mouse instead of using keyboard shortcuts you'll soon find you won't be able to use either due to RSI.

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Well in that case have you thought of

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Grrr

Using some Speech Recognition Software to do away with the majority of the Keyboard work?

Or a different style of Keyboard? There are many to chose from so you do not need to stick with what doesn't work for you.

However Keyboard shortcuts are considerably faster to use in a Production Environment than a mouse and the vast majority of my customers use them and not the mouse. I get a similar argument It's 2010 so why are we stuck with a mouse hanging off the side of our computers when the keyboard can do it all?

I have yet to run across any customers who want to cripple the Keyboard so that they can use their mouse or trackball. In this situation you simply have to work harder at developing Keyboard Skills or find one of the alternatives to using a standard keyboard.


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by donnwp In reply to If you where to remove

Col Had to join to tell you to kiss my red A. Just lost 4 hrs of work because of the a keyboard shortcut

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Sorry for the rant

by DKeith45 In reply to How to disable all keyboa ...

Sorry for the rant. Unwanted keyboard shortcuts have been a peeve of mine for years.

It especially kills me every time I read some new article about "new keyboard shortcuts to use!" Why do we need keyboard shortcuts these days when we have a MOUSE? -boggle-

It's true, my typing skill is not great, but at least I can type with both hands and all fingers and am fairly fast. I still know techs that are two finger "hunt and peck" typers after over twenty years on the job, lol.

I've known the solution all along, just hadn't fully implemented it till now... as of today I've removed all the offending keys from my personal keyboard and keep them in a jar on my desk. Then when I want to use a shortcut, such as CTRL-ALT-DEL, I pull them out, reinstall them, then pull them again afterward. Heh.

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by santeewelding In reply to Sorry for the rant
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Don't you save

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to How to disable all keyboa ...

every few minutes? Keyboard shortcuts aren't the only thing that can cost you your data. The value of CTRL+S is inestimable.

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Alternate Keyboards

by TheChas In reply to How to disable all keyboa ...

I fully prefer keyboard shortcuts to using the mouse for almost any task where a keyboard shortcut is an option. I don't have to take my hand away from the keyboard, pause what I am doing and then bring my hand back to start typing again.

I even use the tab and arrow keys to navigate forms because it is much faster than bouncing around with a mouse.

And don't get me started about the screen space robbing ribbon interface. I hate that with a passion.

Anyhow, have you tried any of the alternate ergonomic shaped keyboards?

The ones where you can change the angle of the 2 halves of the keyboard to each other might be ideal for you.

I don't know this for sure, but you might also check with Apple and see if perhaps they do not have keyboard short cuts in their system. Since the Apple OS did not grow out of DOS, it might not have any keyboard short cuts.

Another option for Windows users is to open Control Panel and Accessibility Options, then enable both Filter Keys and Toggle Keys.

Filter keys ignores some keystroke conditions. Toggle keys sounds a tone when certain keys are pressed.


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