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How to disable PageUp and PageDown Keys from Dell M6600.

August 25th, 2012 by Andrea Matesi 5425 Views

Intro.

Ain't them fugly?

Here's a small Windows registry hack that will hopefully increase your productivity while working on your Dell Precision M6600 or whatever other Dell laptop sporting those "offending" PageUp and PageDown keys, above the left and right cursor keys on your keyboard, that is!

After a couple of searches, here's my notes on how to disable those keys. I've been searchiing and skimming through keycodes and scancodes documentation and finally I was able to fix this unfortunate keyboard design.

Howto.

  • Open your registry with "regedit.exe".

Registry Editor window showing you where to add the Scancode Map binary value.

  • Browse to HKEYLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\
  • Add a new BINARY KEY VALUE and name it "Scancode Map".

Scancode Map Registry Hack to disable PgUp PgDown From Dell Laptops.

Insert the following values inside your new binary key:

00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,e0,49,00,00,e0,51,00,00,00,00

First 17-Zeroes, then 3, Another 10-Zeroes, E0, 49, 00 00, E0,51, 8-Zeroes.

OR, alternatively, create a new txt file, call it "scancode-reg-hack-disables-pgup+pgdown.reg", add the following content to it, then launch it and append it to your registry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,00,00,e0,49,00,00,e0,51,\
  00,00,00,00

Then reboot your system and verify that the hack works as expected (or should I say "[those darn keys] do not artificially work anymore").

OUTCOMES.

BUT applying this hack does have a small but noticeable disadvantage that you should start to "get used to":

  • From now on, to PgUp/PgDn with your keyboard, you'll have to rely on your Numeric Keypad (provided you have one, that is - my M6600 has one, YMMV!).

And if you're a networking-guy like me (or if you do frequently type plenty of numbers), you'll want to keep your numlock always ON!

TIP: [IF NUMLOCK = Always ON]: Simply...

  • SHIFT + Num.3 for [PgUp]

AND

  • SHIFT + Num.9 for [PgDn].

This will allow you to continue using your PgUp/PgDn WITHOUT disabling your NumLock everytime, so you can keep typing your numbers AND scrolling by using your keyboard when needed!

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Posted in Tips and Tricks. | 1 Comment »

One response to “How to disable PageUp and PageDown Keys from Dell M6600.”

  1. TimoNo Gravatar says:

    Hi. Thanks for this tipp! It will save countless mistypes in the future.
    Just a note, the hex values in the text are not correct and do not work. The ones in the screenshot are fine.