How To Disable The F1 Function Key

The function keys on a computer keyboard are generally used for help functions pertaining to certain applications. These are programmed by default for access to some functions that you’d rather not take a long time performing. The default action of the F1 key is to bring up the help menu for the Windows user to consult.

IBM’s User Access Guidelines associate the F1 key on their computers, with the help functions. The same is made use of by other software corporations, in some of their programs. Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and many others follow this rule. When you press the Windows Key simultaneously with F1, it opens the Microsoft Windows Help and Support Center.

Users of the Windows operating system are quite familiar with the F1 key, used as shortcut to access the Windows Help and Support Center. This is only a convention, and not a must. You can disable it if you want to. Not this alone – there are other shortcut keys or function keys that can be disabled. But this function key or shortcut key is of help to many who use them frequently. For a person who does not require this, it can be irritating – one touch on the function key can accidentally load the site, and cause a popup while you’re at work. Then you’ve to close it, and if the PC’s running slow, you lose time over it. You can disable the function keys if you’re sure about not needing them very badly.

Instructions for disabling

  • Go to the lower end of the Windows screen and hit on the Start button on the Windows desktop.
  • Open the Run text box. Hit on Run, and then type reedit into the Run text box. This typing has to be done without quotation marks. This is to open the Registry Editor.
  • When the Registry Editor is open, navigate to this registry key:

HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \ Current Version\ App Paths \ HELPCTR.EXE

  • Hit twice on (Default). Change the registry value so that the registry reads C:\Windows \svchost.exe. When you type this, you also have to do so without the quotation marks.
  • Hit OK. Now the Registry Editor will close. Restart your operating system, and you will have successfully disabled the F1 key.

Disabling the function key is easily done at any time, and reversed if you find you have a problem with it. The steps above are easy enough to follow, but if they give you a hiccup, call our tech support and they’ll walk you through.

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