aRE YOU AS SICK OF THE cAPS lOCK KEY AS i AM?

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UPDATE: According to one *concerned* citizen, I apparently broke a rule by pointing to my blog instead of including the post here. In any case, to appease him (whether it's a real rule or not), I've copied the post on this page.

Deactivate Your Caps Lock Key in Windows - WITHOUT Software
by David Pankhurst

wELL, i DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT i HATE IT WHEN MY cAPS lOCK KEY ON MY KEYBOARD GETS STUCK TO 'on'.

Frankly, I've lost my ability to touch type thanks to this byproduct of the computer era - so when a fellow asked about disabling it, I did a quick search.

If you use Open Office, there's an option to set chars to lowercase, found in the 'Format' menu, 'Change Case' option. But that just sets it all one way or the other (note to Open Office Folks - please help me out and add a menu option like 'Swap Case').

And older typewriters actually moved the button down with a click - and it stayed down - so there was no doubt what you were doing. But I suppose it's too expensive to do that today.

However, good news - you CAN solve it - no software needed, just a registry edit.

For those technically inclined, the solution is to change the scan code of your keys - in this case, the Caps Lock key is changed into a Shift key - so unless you HOLD it down, no caps.

The tech details (and how to change it) are at Annoyances.org's site, but a much easier prepackaged solution is available from John Haller who offers a downloadable registry patch file (he also offers files for other key swaps).

Note that registry files like this are as serious as programs to download and run - DO NOT just grab them and use them. For safety, I've downloaded, checked it over, and placed a copy on my website. Using it is simple: just download the Capslock fix file there. When asked to save or run, save it, then run it, and allow the patch. Then, reboot your computer to activate the new key (and if you want to undo it, there's another patch file you can download and run to clear the key settings back to original).

Simple, easy, and Caps Lock is only now Shift - SO i WON'T BE MAKING this MISTAKE AGAIN ANYTIME SOON...

--original post-replaced by above-

Remember typewriters? You KNEW when you hit the Caps Lock key. Not so with computer keyboards - and frankly, I hate it.

I was doing some browsing online and found an easy and simple way to fix the caps lock key - so no more lines of uppercase when I don't want it.

It's a simple (and safe) registry fix - I've posted details and a file on my site for anyone interested:

Deactivate Your Caps Lock Key in Windows - WITHOUT Software
#caps #key #lock #sick
  • Profile picture of the author bluet
    I always know when I hit my caps lock key, because everything comes out in caps when I type. And then when I hit it again, son-of-a-gun, it stops doing that. LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr_Julian_S
    Well, i think it depends on responsible writing. I am sure to what i write and where to use caps and where not.

    But thanks for the information that you have provided.

    Regards
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  • Profile picture of the author TimRobinson
    It's weird, even when I want to type all caps I hold down shift instead of using the caps lock key. I can't remember the last time I've actually used it...
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  • Profile picture of the author David Pankhurst
    I realize this isn't everyone's cup of tea - however, for touch typists who don't look at their screen or the keyboard, one very small slip can turn it on. For those people, this is useful. For everyone else - not changing Windows key settings means you'll have a less confusing computer if someone else uses it.

    Harvey - thanks for the tip - it's good to know some editors do it (I wish OpenOffice would add it).
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey Segal
      Originally Posted by David Pankhurst View Post

      Harvey - thanks for the tip - it's good to know some WPs do it (I wish OpenOffice would add it).
      You are welcome but the best tip of all is to use NoteTab.

      It's free at notetab.com

      Absolutely indispensable.


      Harvey
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
        EASY FIX: I used a screwdriver to pry the Caps Lock key off my keyboard a long time ago. Unfortunately, can't do that with my laptop.

        That pesky Alt key is gone too.

        Next was the Insert key.
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        • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
          Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

          EASY FIX: I used a screwdriver to pry the Caps Lock key off my keyboard a long time ago. Unfortunately, can't do that with my laptop.

          That pesky Alt key is gone too.

          Next was the Insert key.
          Hmmmmmmm...now you tell me!

          Anyone know how to remove large globs of Epoxy?
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  • Profile picture of the author shurets1
    bUT gUYS... i dON'T kNOW wHERE iS tHE cAPS kEY oN mY kEYBOARD,
    cAN sOMEONE pLEASE pOINT mE wHERE iT iS...
    bECAUSE eVERYTIME i sTART tALKING, i cLICK oN tHAT sHIFT bUTTON
    rEPEATEDLY...

    aND lAST tIME i dID tHAT... mY rEADABILITY = zERO

    Good post (your's)
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