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Disable Windows Key for Fortnite

Disable the Windows Key while Fortnite is running to prevent accidentally jumping out of the game into your desktop.

If you're like me, you've run into this problem more than once when playing Fortnite: you have keybinds on Ctrl and Alt, but accidentally fat-finger the Windows key which sits between them. Suddenly your start menu pops up, pulling you out of the game at a critical moment!

I died more often than I'd like to admit due to this, so I wrote this program out of frustration.

This program will watch to see if Fortnite is running. Once it sees it, it will intercept the Windows key and prevent the keypress from registering until Fortnite is no longer running. If you decide to run the game in Windowed mode and still need the Windows key for shortcuts or to Win+Tab, you can leave the first checkmark empty ("Only disable Windows Keys when game is in Full Screen"). When that field is checked, the program will wait until you switch to Full Screen to disable the Windows Key. You can also set the program to run automatically at startup so you don't have to run it every time you start Fortnite.

When you minimize the program, it will shrink to your system tray but remain active. Close the window with the "Close" button to quit the program entirely.

I am releasing this program for free for Fortnite, but have a more versatile version that will work for any other game or application. Click here to check it out.

  • June 5, 2023: AVAST Antivirus false-positive fixed.

  • Updated Aug 10, 2022 to v 1.0.11 to remove the exit confirmation dialog that was getting in the way of some Windows shutdown/restart operations.

  • Updated May 5, 2022 to v 1.0.9, to possibly resolve an occasional "count" crash that would occur while Fortnite is not running. Please let me know if you had this problem and if this version solves it for you, it seems to be resolved on my test system. Also added an uninstaller to the package.

  • Updated May 4, 2022 to v 1.0.8, upgraded to latest frameworks and added uninstaller.

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