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    Disabling caps lock

    Is there a general Windows solution to disabling Caps Lock, Insert, and other 'useless' keys?
    I mean, as opposed to the 'hardware' solution of actually removing the key or buying a programmable keyboard.

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    Re: Disabling caps lock

    You should be able to disable some of these keys through the BIOS setup routine. During bootup, you should be presented with an option to enter Setup (you'll have to watch closely...you'll only have a few seconds to hit the required keys), in which you should be able to turn off some of those keys. There are also numerous freeware and shareware solutions to this problem. Do a Google search. Good luck.

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    Re: Disabling caps lock

    I think that you must have a rather different computer system to mine. I manage a small network with half a dozen workstations and three notebooks, ranging from a 1996 machine running Windows 98 to an XP machine purchased in January, and none off them -- nor any other PCs I've come across -- offer the ability (in the BIOS setup) to alter the behaviour of any keys ... apart from the initial state (on bootup) of the numlock key. AM i DOING --- damn, there it goes again! <g> -- something wrong?

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    Re: Disabling caps lock

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    Is there a general Windows solution to disabling Caps Lock, Insert, and other 'useless' keys?
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    No, there is not. In good ol' days of DOS you can use ANSI.SYS to re-assign keyboard keys. Now to do this you must altered Windows keyboard drivers and DLLs (dynamic link libraries), but such operation is at least difficult. In abandoned by Microsoft Windows 95/98, if you install multilanguage support, you can carefully alter appropriate kbd??.kbd file with, say, binary editor to re-assign keys. But if you use modern Windows 2000/XP - you probably couldn't even open kbdus.dll or its analog.

    The only workaround I would recommend - type carefully, watch your fingers.

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    Re: Disabling caps lock

    You might try this:
    __________________________________________________ __________

    AntiCapsLock protects you against tHIS tERRIBLE tHING. In other
    words it converts (mostly unwanted) CAPS LOCK to harmless SHIFT.

    IMPORTANT: you must restart after installation or start CAPS.EXE
    from the target directory.

    This program is free for NON-COMMERCIAL private use. Use it at your
    own risk.

    If you may not use this software due to the previous restrictions or
    if you want more features, you can buy AntiCapsLock PRO.

    AntiCapsLock Pro brings the following features:

    - conversion of CAPS LOCK key to SHIFT key (as this version)
    - possibility to toggle CAPS LOCK by pressing SHIFT+CAPS
    LOCK
    - audio notification of CAPS LOCK toggling
    - all these features can be enabled or disabled by
    a stand-alone configuration program
    - you can hide/show the tray icon
    - it takes 55K only
    - your have the right to use AntiCapsLock in your office
    (the free version is restricted to non-commercial home
    use)

    The price is USD 5,-. It can be paid by:

    - Eurocheque sent by mail
    - transfer to an account
    - cash (at your own risk, 100% opaque envelope
    recommended)

    Copyright Tomas Kubec - OrionSoft 1998

    Mail: tomas@orionsoft.cz
    http://www.orionsoft.cz/extras/setup.exe

    For more software see our web site (www.orionsoft.cz). If you use a
    local network,
    you might be interested in our Proxy (http, mail, ftp, ...)
    connecting all local computers to Internet via one modem - prices
    from USD 50,- !!! English version coming soon, please mail us, if
    interested.

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    Re: Disabling caps lock

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by WyllyWylly on 05-Apr-02 11:25.</P>Smartcaps, see www.phoebusnet.com, is excellent for this in my experience.

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