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W8 keyboard shortcuts override software keyboard shortcuts

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    London
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    Windows 8

    W8 keyboard shortcuts override software keyboard shortcuts


    machine: Dell XPS15 2014 with Windows 8.1


    Windows 8 seems to have keyboard shortcuts that conflict with some software shortcuts.


    I found this out when, using MS-Word, I hit the Ctrl + F1 shortcut, which toggles the ribbon, up to Windows 7.
    Thanks to Windows 8, what this shortcut does is display a graphical representation of how bright the screen is.


    Today, working with Adobe Indesign, I tried to use a shortcut specific to that software that allows one to create multiple instances of the same graphic - Alt + drag + right arrow key. What I got instead was my screen getting rotated 90 degrees.
    This is a VERY serious issue, as clearly one can expect a raft of such Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts to interfere with professional workflow - just how many are there?


    Can someone please confirm whether or not Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts can be disabled, and if yes, how.


    Many thanks


    Guy Cruls

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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hello ,its been discussed before , check tutorial in this thread .good luck .
    windows key shortcuts, disable?
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    Ctrl+F1 toggles the ribbon in Word for me. Windows 8.1.1 Pro X64.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    if toggle means show and hide the ribbon[lol] then it does that for me too ,win8.1.1 enterprise x64,word 2013
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    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    hello ,its been discussed before , check tutorial in this thread .good luck .
    windows key shortcuts, disable?
    Those are for the Windows key. He was asking about Ctrl and Alt key combinations, which Windows should not be taking over, and which I don't believe it is. At least I don't know any mechanism in Windows that would account for his observations. It sounds almost like his Ctrl and Alt keys are getting mapped to a special Fn key and Dell-specific functions. If that doesn't pan out, I would use the XBMC tool "ShowKey" to see what key combinations Windows is receiving and go from there:

    XBMC-MCE
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