One of the most easiest and quickest method to close any application / file / folder on any system is the keyboard shortcut that ALT + F4 keys pressed together. But some windows users have reported that they are not able to close any window using ALT + F4 key functionality. Even after restarting the system for many times, the issue still remains and this makes any windows users irritating. Therefore we have come up with the solution in this post.
Fix 1 – Using Registry Editor
NOTE:- Before proceeding with this fix, please keep a back up copy of registry file so that if anything goes wrong, you can revert it back later.
Step 1: Press Windows + R keys together on your keyboard to open Run dialog box.
Step 2: Type regedit in the run box and hit Enter key.
Step 3: Copy and Paste the below following path in the empty address bar and hit Enter key.
Step 4: Right click on the Policies registry key on the left side of the window.
Step 5: Select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value from the context menu as shown below.
Step 6: Rename the newly created DWORD (32 bit) Value to NoWinKeys.
Step 7: Double click on NoWinKeys dword value on the right side of the window.
Step 8: Enter 0 in the Value data and click OK to make changes and close the window.
Step 9: Close the registry editor and restart your system.
Check now if the problem still persists.
If it is not working, try other methods given below.
Fix 2 – Update Keyboard Driver
Step 1: Press windows key and type device manager and hit Enter key.
Step 2: Click on Keyboards on the left side of the window.
Step 3: Right click on the Standard PS/2 Keyboard and select Update driver on the context menu.
Step 4: Select Search automatically for drivers from the options given in the pop up window.
Step 5: After the keyboard drivers get updated, close the device manager and restart the system.
Step 6: Try and check if the problem still remains.
Hope this solved your issue.
Fix 3 – Check for Fn Key
Step 1: Check if your keyboard has any Fn key present near Windows key or Spacebar key.
Step 2: Press ALT + F4+ Fn keys together on your keyboard.
Step 3: If this combination closes the window, then it means you have to use Fn key along with function keys to make it work as shown in the given screenshot below.
Fix 4 – Perform Keyboard Troubleshooter
Step 1: Press Windows + I keys together on your keyboard to open Settings app on your system.
Step 2: Click on System on the left side of the settings app.
Step 3: Then, Click on Troubleshoot on the right side of the window.
Step 4: Then, Click Other troubleshooters as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 5: Scroll down the page and search for Keyboard
Step 6: Then, Click Run button in front of Keyboard option as shown below.
Step 7: Next, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshoot process.
Step 8: Close the Settings app and check if ALT + F4 keys are working or not.
I hope this solved the issue.
Fix 5 – Disable the Sticky Keys
Step 1: Press Windows + I Keys together on your keyboard to open Settings app.
Step 2: Click Accessibility on the left side of the Settings app.
Step 3: Then, Scroll down the page and select Keyboard on the right side of Settings app.
Step 4: Next, Click on Sticky keys toggle button to turn it Off as shown below.
Step 5: Now close the window and check if the problem still occurs.
Hope this issue got resolved.
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