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Disable Alt+F4 = Shutdown?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Disable Alt+F4 = Shutdown?

    I often use alt+F4 to close out of programs (being a fan of keyboard shortcuts generally). Unfortunately, if I hit this while focused on the desktop, Windows thinks it's time to shutdown/restart and presents a rather annoying prompt. Is it possible to disable this last behaviour while still being able to use alt+F4 to close a program?

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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello hating8, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could change the default action of the ALT+F4 on desktop "Shut Down Windows" dialog, but it can't be disabled.

    Shut Down Windows - Change Default Action in Windows 8

    Hope this helps some.
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Disable Alt+F4 = Shutdown?
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