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    Cap Lock Key

    I must qualify for one of the clumsiest typers and continually hit the cap lock key when reaching for the "A", then fail to notice it for at least two lines of typing! I seem to remember reading that their is a way to disable this key unless a hotkey combination is used - Is this correct and if so how do i go about it?

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Hi Ian, What flavour of Windows are you running?
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    Remap 'Caps Lock' to left 'Shift' or disable

    Hi, Ian ~

    i, tOO hATE tHE cAPS lOCK kEY. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If you really don't want to install keyboard remapping software to disable one simple key, then CapsLockOff (22KB) may suit you well.

    I always tend to hit the 'Caps Lock' key when reaching for the 'Shift' key and have never used that oversized useless key, so what I have done is remapped the 'Caps Lock' key to perform as the left 'Shift' key.

    If you are using XP or Win2K and are comfortable with editing the registry, navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlKe yboard Layout<UL><LI>Make sure you do not go to the 'Keyboard Layouts' registry key below 'Keyboard Layout'<LI>Right-click a blank space in the right-hand pane > 'New' > 'Binary Value'<LI>Enter Scancode Map then hit the 'Enter' key<LI>Right-click 'Scancode Map' > 'Modify Binary Data'<LI>Enter:[/list]<pre>00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00</pre>

    <UL><LI>When you first start entering the zeros, '0000' will appear in the first column automatically - disregard and continue entering<LI>You will not need to add spaces as this will occur automatically<LI>After you enter the last set of zeros, press zero again and it will jump to the next line and '0008' will appear - again disregard and enter:[/list]<pre>02 00 00 00 2A 00 3A 00</pre>

    <UL><LI>You do not need to press the 'Shift' key - letters will automatically display as uppercase<LI>Press zero again and it will jump to the next line and '0010' will appear - once again disregard and enter:[/list]<pre>00 00 00 00</pre>

    <UL><LI>Make sure it looks exactly as my screenshot below<LI>Click 'OK' and reboot for change to take effect<LI>The 'Caps Lock' key will now be disabled as such & when struck will perform as the left 'Shift' key[/list]If you would like the 'Caps Lock' key to be completely inactive, then simply use 00 in place of 2A. If you want to remove this setting, simply delete the 'Scancode Map' registry key.

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Ian:

    I'm kinda jumping in here, 'cause I suffer from the same affliction.

    I solved my problem with a little proggy called CapsOut 32... available on and around the net...

    When I bout mine, it was either $5 or $10 (I think $5).

    All is does is make the Caps Lock key act like a Shift Lock key on a regular typewriter -- if you hold down the Shift Key while Typing, Caps Lock releases.

    I have NEVER had any conflicts with this prog... info attached if interested.

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    In WINDOWS 2000:

    Click Start | Settings | Control Panel | Regional Options | Input Locales tab and under "To turn off Caps Lock" check the radio button "Press SHIFT key". Click OK.

    In WINDOWS XP:

    Click Start | Control Panel | Date, Time, Language and Regional Options | Regional and Language Options link | Languages tab | Details button | Key Settings button and under "To turn off Caps Lock" check the radio button "Press SHIFT key". Click OK, OK, OK

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Hi, Kip ~

    'Key Settings' button in 'English' is inoperable here on all full retail versions of XP Home & Pro. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    The <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> version of XP home (SP1) seems OK. Maybe a setting or tweak elsewhere has disabled it?
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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Hi, Tim ~

    No known tweaks as such have disabled it, but I see in your case you have a tweak that may have enabled it: you've added Australian English which is not present on any of the machines here in the US.

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    You might have nailed it, see the tooltip for the "Key Settings..." button. The last sentence implies that the button should be available to you. But, knowing MS, you may need another language installed to get at it. I assume "Add..." will bring up a list of available languages, even in the US. If so, adding another language to the list should do the trick (I'd stick with another english).
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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    I too suffered this for years until I found First Cap, recommended by Alan Miller in This Thread . Set it to beep whenever Caps Lock is pressed.

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Hi, Tim ~

    Good call! I installed Canadian English and the 'Key Settings' was enabled. Since I have my 'Caps Lock' disabled per the above reg setting, I had to delete & reboot before trying this.

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/nono.gif> Now, here is what I discovered: The 'Key Settings' does not turn off the 'Caps Lock', but rather gives you the option to use either the 'Caps Lock' button or the 'Shift' button to merely reset the 'Caps Lock' button once it has already been pressed.

    For those interested, I've attached a zip folder with two registry keys to control that oversized 'Caps Lock' button:<UL><LI>'CapsLockDisable.reg' simply disables functionality<LI>'CapsLockShift.reg' changes the button to the function of the left 'Shift' key (since that is what you are reaching for when you hit the Caps Lock anyway) <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>[/list]

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Sorry - should have said - Windows XP Pro

    Thanks - IAN <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Remap 'Caps Lock' to left 'Shift' or disable

    Bruce - Many thanks, I'll try the small app.

    I hardly trust myself turning the damn thing on never mind going near the "Registry" I went to school when slide rules were consider very, very high tech!

    Thanks - IAN <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Chuck - I've appointed "Google" to try and find the app for me.

    Thanks for the suggestion. and the "Readme" file

    Cheers - IAN <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Cap Lock Key

    Michael,

    I've downloaded the Freeware, thanks for recommending it.
    I'll be spending the next day or two trying out all the help I've been offered, it really is appreciated so I'm buying all the "virtual" beers today for the "Thread"!

    Cheers - IAN <img src=/S/flags/Scotland.gif border=0 alt=Scotland width=30 height=18> <img src=/S/flags/HongKong.gif border=0 alt=HongKong width=30 height=18>

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