by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/09/21 12:59 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/09/21/472386.aspx
Earlier today, I talked about the fact that some people hate the CAPS LOCK key. Well, Jeff D. posted the steps to turn the CAPS LOCK off in Windows XP and Server 2003, and I thought that I would repost them so that others who are not looking at the comments would benefit:
The other solution I've used is to simply change the cancellation of CAPS LOCK to be done with the Shift key instead. sO THAT i CAN'T ACCIDENTALLY DO THIS.
- Control Panel | Regional and Language Options applet | Languages tab | Details button, which gets you to the "Text Services and Input Languages" dialog.
- On that page "Add" a second input language (you don't have to make it the default). The two (or more) I usually have installed are "English (Canada) - US" and "English (United States) - US". Once you've got more than one input language installed, the "Key Settings..." button becomes enabled: click it. That opens the "Advanced Key Settings" dialog. Right at the top you'll see:
- To turn off CAPS LOCK: [ ] Press the CAPS LOCK key [x] Press the SHIFT key
Voila! Now if you have accidentally hit the CAPS LOCK key, as soon as you start typing the next sentence, which presumably starts with a capital letter, you'll cancel the CAPS LOCK immediately.
Very cool.... thanks, Jeff!
# tzagotta on 21 Sep 2005 1:14 PM:
# Shai on 21 Sep 2005 1:57 PM:
# Randy on 21 Sep 2005 3:47 PM:
# Jeff D. on 21 Sep 2005 5:01 PM:
# screwdriver on 21 Sep 2005 5:47 PM:
# uncle on 21 Sep 2005 7:27 PM:
# Jo-Pete Nelson on 21 Sep 2005 10:00 PM:
# Centaur on 22 Sep 2005 4:51 AM:
# Aaron Robinson on 27 Sep 2005 11:39 AM:
# Steven on 22 Nov 2007 6:03 AM:
To turn off CAPS LOCK: [ ] Press the CAPS LOCK key [x] Press the SHIFT key
That used to be standard up to a certain point, when Microsoft decided to change that and adapt to the Linux world.
Used to be like that from the invention of CAPS LOCK onwards until it changed back in the 90ies.
Never knew, why it changed.
# Azaiaa on 6 Apr 2008 4:08 AM:
This hack is far, far harder than it needs to be.
Just run KaneBT Caps Lock Disabler!
[FYI Azaiaa -- this is hardly a hack and provuides an entirely different functionality than the tool you mention, to address an entirely different issue. -- SiaO]
# Yanike on 19 Apr 2008 9:25 PM:
That was a little harsh on the Azaiaa guy Michael.
He was just trying to help. I think...
It does disable the caps lock key without any hacks.
Anyway, thanks for the info!
# Jason on 24 Apr 2008 1:17 PM:
Your steps are a life saved - I work in a call center troubleshooting issues for students, walking them through steps. One student called a few moments ago - she spilled coffee on her laptop rendering her text in capital letters, the Caps Lock button no longer functioned. Using these steps, I was able to return functionality to her machine. Kudos to you!
# JK on 24 Oct 2008 7:19 AM:
There is a very good small utility called sMaRTcaPs that I have used for many years without any problem for various Windows versions from Win 95 through to XP Pro. It allows you to disable/enable the Caps Lock and/or Num Lock keys from the system tray. It's very unobtrusive, you can toggle it on and off at anytime, and you can customize its settings quite extensively. I purchased it many years ago from the publisher, although I am not sure if they are still around. However, it looks as if it is available as freeware from
# Alex on 11 Nov 2008 10:25 AM:
Dears Michael and Jeff,
I have faced a problem that the CAPS LOCK on use keyboar was disabling just when he press the SHIFT key. I would like to keep the user keyboard normal, I mean, enable and disable the CAPS LOCK pressing CAPS LOCK key. I didn't have any idea to how back the user configuration to normal.
I writing to appreciate your post, because it helped me to find a solution and consequently, help the user.
Thank you very much fo help that you provided me through this post.
Have a nice day.............and once again thank you very much!!!!
Alan on 23 Apr 2009 2:47 AM:
I just cut up a Piece of pencil eraser and stuffed it under the caps lock key. done! :)
103 on 22 Sep 2009 3:39 AM:
in addition to the pencil eraser 'hack'
My sysadmin is also a basterd. Whta you can also put under the capslock key is a small row of staples so the capslock cannot be pressed in completely. Its a lowtech fix but it works for me. We do not have the clearance to install our own software...
Jim Freedom on 3 Jan 2010 5:03 PM:
I love the Caps Lock key but hate the Windows 7 notification animation. How do I turn off the popup animation?
james on 4 Feb 2010 8:40 PM:
microsoft intelitype pro 7.0
made for their keyboards but works for other boards and laptops with alittle tweaking.(notice no caps here with caps lock depressdon and off).works with 7 and vista. no need to mess with register and it's free from microsoft.
Brian Davis on 3 Apr 2010 11:51 AM:
Good, except I have to go back to the top to make something happen
Michael S. Kaplan on 3 Apr 2010 2:18 PM:
As opposed to coming here? :-)
Michael S. Kaplan on 10 Apr 2010 7:24 PM:
Hey Jim Freedom -- see here for the answer to your question (I think)....
Joe on 27 May 2010 1:58 PM:
Thanks, I had the same problem and this tip resolved the problem
CARSON WHITE on 19 Nov 2010 6:17 AM:
NO MINE IS STILL ON
Terry on 11 Jan 2011 8:07 PM:
I just had the same problem. I had to go into my basic text/font dialog box and deselect the box next to Small Caps. It's not the Caps Lock key. There is some hidden control or function key that makes it change to Small Caps. Not sure where it is, but that was my issue.
Here's to NO MORE YELLING!
Peter on 29 Jan 2011 8:34 AM:
Very useful stuff!
windows 7 on 24 Feb 2011 1:57 PM:
How is this done in windows 7 home premium and pro?
Lelouch on 3 Jun 2011 4:11 AM:
omfg doesnt work
makiba on 2 Jul 2011 10:37 AM:
nt like cap lock
Darlene on 5 Jul 2011 11:48 AM:
Super easy & quick...Great answer! THANKS!
jeff on 17 Jul 2011 7:54 PM:
how can you turn it off with an android intercept cause i cant do it when i go to settings nothing works someone help me.
sueolso on 29 Jul 2011 11:55 AM:
Amarok on 9 Sep 2011 10:42 AM:
who can tell to me how to turn of the key code in cod4??????????????????????????????????
MM on 18 Sep 2011 12:44 AM:
I have to say...Bravoooo !!
firstname.lastname@example.org on 12 Dec 2011 2:56 PM:
i tel not like cap lock
kkilla on 3 Jan 2012 7:59 PM:
Omg this was so much help ur a life saver!!!
I LOVE YOU on 14 Mar 2012 11:28 AM:
AKSHAY on 17 Apr 2012 9:26 PM:
thanxs buddy ,save for my money,may be its tranactions may be above much.....
NEIL on 26 Apr 2012 6:55 AM:
pressing the CAP LOCK key and the SHIFT key does nothing. Why not?
david king on 29 May 2012 9:26 AM:
I want to be able to use the caps lock sometimes, is it possible to disable the capslock and then press shift and capslock to re-enable the capitals.
Liliq Stefanova Ivanova 10.08.1981 30 godini on 13 Jul 2012 10:16 AM:
Michael Walshe on 9 Aug 2012 2:11 PM:
Thanks, Michael, I find this a much more useful way to revert from Caps Lock but couldn't remember how to do it!
2010/04/10 Getting rid of that extra notification...
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