Quick tip: Disable or remap the Caps Lock key in Windows and Linux

Caps Lock

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After 20 years in front of a keyboard, I finally tackled a pet hate this week – the Caps Lock key. I don’t think in those 20 years I’ve ever needed it once, and it causes havoc when pressed inadvertently. When it’s on, not only do you get sentences in block capitals but you may be left scratching your head when passwords don’t work – because their case sensitive.

Anyway, I searched for Caps Lock on Delicious and quickly found the answer I needed at JohnHaller.com. By downloading and double clicking a file on that site I was able to remap the Caps Lock key to the Shift key so it acts just like a Shift key when accidentally pressed. But as this modifies the registry, I backed that up first using the program System Restore Point which I mentioned in one of my first blog posts. After a reboot, the 20-year annoyance was permanently gone. You don’t have to remap the Caps Lock key to the Shift Key – other choices are also given on Haller’s site.

I also came across a simple fix for the same problem on a Linux system at Peterbe.com.

Give it a try and rid yourself of a real annoyance.

One Response

  1. pagesec1 Says:

    Nice post, thanks for the info

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