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    turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    Hi, does anyone know how to turn off the CAPS LOCK key on the left just above shift under Windows XP? I am forever hitting it instead of shift or tab and it is usually sometime before I realise. Consequently I end up with a lot of typed text rEVERSED - aggghh!

    I suppose I could physically remove the key, but turning it off through a software switch might be better.

    Thanks, Mike C

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    I know there's software out there for keyboard remapping, but while we're looking, I just happened to stumble on this. Now, I don't know anything about this, so if you're feeling adventuresome, please proceed with caution! If I find something else, I'll post it.

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    Mike,

    Check out Intellitype Pro 5.2 & Keyboard Layout Creator 1.3.4073 at MS download center.

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    There is a way to do it without installing software and without disabling it altogether. I personally hate the 'CAPS 'key and have turned mine into a 'SHIFT' key since that is what I intend to hit below it but nail the 'CAPS' key instead. You have two options and that is to disable it altogether and turn it into a dead key or the other option is to turn it into a 'SHIFT' key since that is what usually is being aimed for.

    I've provided two ways:

    1) Attached is a simple registry key which you simply unzip, double-click and then reboot

    2) If you know how and are comfortable changing registry entries, follow this:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlKe yboard Layout

    You may or may not see the REG_BINARY value of Scancode Map on the right hand side. If you don't have one, create one, but make sure it's REG_BINARY. Into this you will enter a string of Hex based numbers telling Windows what you want to remap. The order is as follows - anything that follows a // is a comment and should not be typed. This example will remap the caps lock key to the left shift key.

    00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
    // This is required by Windows - it will always be 0's

    02 00 00 00 2A 00 3A 00
    // the first word is the number of remappings you are going to use, plus the null terminator; I have one mapping plus the null, hence the 02 00 00 00. The other word of 2A 00 3A 00 is the remapping of the key itself - caps lock's scancode is 0x3A (shown as 3A 00) and that is mapped to the left shift key (scancode 0x2A, shown as 2A 00). If you are at all familiar with Hex numbers, this will make sense. If you wanted to map caps lock to a null key instead of 2A 00 3A 00 it would be 00 00 3A 00 and so on. If you wanted to map more than just 1 mapping, you would change the 02 00 00 00 to reflect it and add more words to the list, always in the form of "Target key, Key to Remap".

    00 00 00 00
    // This is the null terminator that is required - always 1 word and always all 0's.

    If you follow the instructions above and enter in only these numbers, you will effectively make the caps lock key think it's the left shift key.

    If you change the 2A to 00 you will disable the caps lock key altogether. There's a whole article in the knowledge bank at Microsoft on this, if you want more information on this; I just wanted to pluck one key so that's all I've done.

    Now just reboot! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    Did you invent all that, Br..., er sorry - Charles? Amazing how similar it looks to the text provided at the link I posted above...

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    I found it in a spot on the web a while back. I didn't see your link, so sorry for the redundant post. I hope the registry key makes it much simpler, though.

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    The simplest solution could be to position the keyboard about a key's-width to the left, so that you hit the intended "a" key instead. Alternatively, if you really wanted Tab or Shift, move the keyboard slightly up or down, as appropriate.

    Are there no circumstances where you actually want to use the CapsLock key?

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    Thanks all for you comments. I ran NexStar's reg file and it worked fine after rebooting.

    The number of times I actually use the CAPS LOCK key is minimal so I can do without it. Maybe I can use a weight to hold down the key if I really need it???

    other annoying keys I find are
    - Insert in Word (managed to turn this off)
    - CTL-I in Word

    Also, why have shift and ctrl on the right hand side? I never use them. I know it is probably for lefties but how about a simple interface for remapping the keyboard in Windows?

    Cheers,

    Mike

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    Mike,
    Not sure how simple the interface is but did you check out either of the programs I posted above? Both claim to let you remap the keyboard.

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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    As for your questoin about the Shift and CTRL key's on the right side of the keyboard, they're there for the classicly instructed typist who use the opposite modifier with a key. For example, the so-called 'correct' CTRL-a keystroke is 'right CTRL' and the a-key. Similarly, for CTRL-u, it's 'left CTRL' and the u-key.
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    Re: turn off caps lock (Windows XP /SP2)

    There oughta be a law. This won't answer your question, but it might evoke some sympathy (or make someone rich). I think all manufacturers should be required to supply a keyboarding tutorial for their specific keyboard.

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