Windows 10 is a very complete system full of features that sometimes we don’t even know are there. Here come into play elements of the importance of keyboard shortcuts that are so useful sometimes. We can also use the function keys so common for years on our keyboards.
With all this, what is intended is to facilitate the use of the operating system itself for most users. However, these keys to which we refer can become a real nuisance. And it is that we must bear in mind that today our equipment is used both in work tasks and related to leisure.
That is why if, for example, we are playing in full screen and we accidentally use a function key or a combination, we can spoil it. Here we can talk about one of the most used function keys, precisely F1. And you have to know that these function keys, which go from F1 to F12 on the Windows keyboard, have specific functions. If we talk about the aforementioned F1, it generally opens the help page of any application we are in at the time. As you can imagine this is very useful in many situations, but sometimes it is a nuisance.
Therefore, it may be the case that we want to deactivate it for some reason, for example not to accidentally press it by doing other things. That is why in these same lines we are going to show you some ways to achieve this that we are commenting on. Say that initially the Windows operating system does not provide a method to disable the F1 key directly. That is why we are going to see other alternative ways to do it below.
It is worth mentioning that this is something that we can carry out both from the system itself, and using external applications.
Disable F1 from registry editor
For example, this is something that we can carry out through the Windows registry itself , as we are going to show you. First of all, to access this section, we can write the Regedit command in the Windows search box to open this function.
When the new window that corresponds to the system registry appears, it is recommended that we make a backup copy of it first. This is something that we achieve from the File / Export menu option. Next we are going to make the necessary changes to deactivate the aforementioned function key. To do this we have to go to the following path: EquipoHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionApp PathsHELPCTR.EXE.
In the event that we cannot find the HELPCTR.EXE entry, we create it as a new value. Next, in the right pane, we click Default and change its value to C: Windowssvchost.exe. Now we no longer have to restart the computer and we will have already deactivated the F1 key. Of course, for the changes to be effective, we will have to restart the computer.
Change the role of the F1 key with the SharpKeys program
Another option that we can use is, instead of deactivating the key in its entirety, remapping it. This is something that we can carry out through the SharpKeys program that you can download from this link (https://github.com/randyrants/sharpkeys/releases). In this way, just by installing this program on the computer, we will have the opportunity to remap the Windows keys. It should be mentioned that its use is extremely simple, since the keys themselves are already on the interface.
Therefore, in order to carry out what we are talking about, when we find the program window, click on the Add button. In the list that appears we have to locate the key that interests us in this case, which is none other than F1. Once we have found it, we mark it in order to change its operation. For example, so that it does not do anything when we press it, in the right panel we can choose the Turn key Off option.
Therefore we have already achieved the goal we were looking for here and the F1 function key becomes inactive from now on.
Disable the F1 key with AutoHotkey
Another step that we can take in this sense is through the application called AutoHotkey. This is a free program for Windows that allows us to create scripts to carry out all kinds of tasks on the system. In this way we will have the possibility, in a somewhat more complex way than the previous methods, of creating scripts to remap keys. Therefore, this will also help us to deactivate the F1 key on the PC, which is what interests us in this case.
Say that to download and install AutoHotkey, we just have to do it from this link. So we can get hold of the program’s executable and put it into operation on the PC. Then we just have to minimize the application interface as such, and click with the right button of the mouse on the Windows desktop. We go to New> AutoHotkey Script from the context menu that appears on the screen.
That way we can then assign the name of the new script as we want, but always keeping the extension as .ahk. Once created, we right-click on the new file and select Edit Script. Then the file as such will open and below the text that appears in it we write the command F1 :: return
Therefore, once we have entered the command in the new script that we have created, in the File menu we save it. To finish we only have to execute it by just double clicking with the mouse on the created file. In this way, from now on, when we press the F1 key it will do nothing.