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How do I disable Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

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    How do I disable Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts


    I work in Photoshop and use keyboard shortcuts a lot. However, since changing to Windows 8, if the Photoshop keyboard shortcut is the same as a Windows 8 shortcut, it will not work in Photoshop. The keyboard shortcut does what Windows 8 defines. For instance, when pressing CTRL + ALT + down arrow, it flips my screen instead of stretching my object in Photoshop, as desired.

    How can I disable and/or change the keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 to eliminate this problem?

    PS - I've tried to follow the instructions here in this link: Windows Key Shortcuts - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums, but I guess it is just over my head. I can't find the Local Group Policy Editor. Is there possibly another way to do this?

    Thanks!
    Amanda

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    The tutorial in the link is only for enabling or disabling hotkey combinations involving the Windows Key. Example Winkey and e opens the file explorer. It would not apply to control alt down.

    You could try running PS in Compatibility Mode for Windows 7 but I'm not sure that would have any effect on the hotkeys, or "shortcuts" as MS calls them.
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    For instance, when pressing CTRL + ALT + down arrow, it flips my screen
    Flips??? What does that mean?

    I have 8.1 (but no Photoshop). When viewing this forum page in IE, CTRL + ALT + down arrow just scrolls down my page a few like exactly as the down arrow alone. And CTRL + ALT + up arrow does the opposite.

    In Word, CTRL + ALT + down arrow does nothing. In Excel CTRL + ALT + down arrow does nothing. In FoxIt Reader, CTRL + ALT + down arrow acts just like the down arrow alone.

    I have tried this on two different systems so I don't think Windows (at least not the defaults) is your problem. Either Photoshop is, or something else changed your keyboard layout.

    Tell us about your computer.
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    The OP is referring to the ability to turn the screen upside down (flips)
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    See this video

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDobbsy1987 View Post
    The OP is referring to the ability to turn the screen upside down (flips)
    And I am saying by default, Windows 8 does not do that so I wanted clarification.
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    I must have got confused by the bit you said "What does that mean?" -- I therefore tried clarifying it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    For instance, when pressing CTRL + ALT + down arrow, it flips my screen
    Flips??? What does that mean?.

    It is due to Intel graphics i believe although i'm sure other graphics have these options too but try the following...

    Press Ctrl + Alt + F12.
    This should bring up the Intel control panel.

    Select the Hot Keys tab and uncheck the box Enable Hot Keys.

    Does this help?

    -Jamie
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    I use a NVIDA card, not integrated Intel graphics - but you illustrate my point that this is NOT a Windows thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    I use a NVIDA card, not integrated Intel graphics - but you illustrate my point that this is NOT a Windows thing.
    You are correct...
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