Locking your keyboard when stepping away from your workstation is a good security measure. The practice can also be very useful even outside the office environment.
For instance, when watching videos on your PC with a child, you may want to lock the keyboard to stop them from forwarding or pausing the video by pressing the keys. Or let’s just say you want to clean your keyboard and there is some unfinished work that you don’t want to be disrupted. In such cases locking the keyboard becomes the best option.
Like its predecessors, Windows 10 also doesn’t provide an easy way to disable the keyboard. However, with the right information it isn’t a tough job either. In this guideline we will show you how to disable the keyboard in Windows 10 with or without the use of third-party applications.
Method 1: Use device manager to disable the keyboard in Windows 10
Most of the methods discussed below involve the use of third-party utilities to lock the keyboard. However, if you don’t want to use a third-party application, there is still an option to lock the keyboard through the device manager.
Note: this method only works with external keyboards. It’s not applicable for built-in keyboards.
1. Right-click on the Start button to invoke the power user menu. Once it opens, scroll down and click the “Device Manager” option.
2. The system will display a long list of all the connected devices. Scroll down and expand “Keyboards” to see the connected keyboards.
3. Select the keyboard you want to disable, right-click the entry and choose “Uninstall.” If you’ve connected more than one keyboard, you’ll need to disable them one at a time.
4. The uninstall device confirmation dialogue box will pop up. Click the “Uninstall” button. If prompted to restart your PC, click “Yes,” and that device will be disabled once the system comes back online.
Method 2: Use KeyFreeze
KeyFreeze is a very simple tool to use, and it does one thing and one thing only – it locks your keyboard and mouse. The user interface is simple and straightforward, as it features one large button and a five-second countdown timer. When you click this button, the countdown begins, and both keyboard and mouse will lock in five seconds. That’s it.
To unlock the keyboard and mouse, just press the “Ctrl + Alt + Del” combination as it says in the dialogue window. KeyFreeze works with all Windows 10 64bit/32bit versions and is also compatible with Windows 7/8/8.1 and Vista. With the KeyFreeze software, your kids can chat with their grandparents and tinker with the keyboard all they want without interfering with the call settings.
Method 3: Use KeyboardLock
KeyboardLock is a flexible yet easy-to-use tool that you can use to disable the keyboard in Windows 10. Unlike KeyFreeze that doesn’t give you the option to disable the keyboard alone, KeyboardLock gives you the flexibility to lock the mouse, keyboard, or both. Its simplicity of use is remarkable. All you have to do is key in the password and press the ‘start’ icon to activate the keyboard lock.
To lock the mouse, enter the password again. (Yes, it works even when the keyboard is locked.) This freeware completely disables your keyboard and mouse and leaves all your open applications intact, as it does not affect the display. To unlock the keyboard, simply type the password, and you’ll get back to a usable keyboard.
Method 4: Use Anti-Shaya
Anti-Shaya is a good tool you can use to disable the keyboard in Windows 10. The good thing about this tool is that it’s portable and works well with any operating system. The interface is user-friendly and consists of the lock button and a section to enter the password. Once you click the lock button, it quickly disables all the keys, so you’ll have to rely on the mouse to operate the system.
To unlock the keyboard, just click the Anti-Shaya icon located in the system tray. Clicking on this icon opens the password window so you can enter the password. The Anti-Shaya keyboard locker tool does not interfere with the registry, as it doesn’t require installation. It runs from the .exe file.
Be it kids, cats, clueless family or a friend that accidentally clicks the keyboard, locking your keyboard can prove to be very useful. But when you have one of these tools in place, you can rest assured that the keys will remain locked no matter how hard toddlers bang on them.
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