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    Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Hi Everyone,
    I seem to have been programed at birth to continually hit the Caps Lock key by accident. Most often when I really intended to use the shiift key. Of course you may realise by now my keyboard skills are "2 figer lousy" but work at it no matter I need full concentaration just to keep hitting the keys correctly & one at a time.
    I am waiting for the Dictate progs which my new system should be able to drive.. but that's another topic...
    Be cause there is no sound warning with Caps Lock key selection & because I am "otherwise engaged" I tend not to realise my error until I have lines of stuff that needs a complete delete & retype.
    All very frustrating, my wife says take the @#$!% key off the keyboard - direct as always but surely this must affect others & a workaround, sound warning, or simple correction technique must be known to someone.
    OS 98SE/Word 2000 - Any sugestions please?

    Pete

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    "I have lines of stuff that needs a complete delete & retype." --- Why? You can highlight the text and choose "Change Case" from the Format menu. Don't delete it all and retype. There's also a setting in AutoCorrect that should help with accidental use of Caps Lock.

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Gidday Pete,
    If you go to Control Panel/Accessibility Options/Keyboard and make sure TOGGLE KEYS is ticked, you should get a (barely) audible "tick" when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll lock. Your title bar should also blink at you. To increase the volume of the "tick" open a DOS window, the Start/Programs/MSDOS Prompt will do. By default, you should be pointing to the Windows directory. Enter "copy con winstart.bat". Type echo followed by a space, then press CTRL G and press enter. Then press CTRL Z and press enter. Done! Restart your computer.
    You may notice an extra beep during Windows start-up. Now when you press caps lock you should hear a more audible "tick".
    (I wonder who thinks up these sort of fixes!!!)
    I was a "doubting thomas" when I read about this but it works for me (not ALL the time mind you but most of the time).
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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Look on your control panel for accessibility options (Win 98). What you want is "toggle keys."
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    To Charles & John,

    Have tried the disability options as a potential solution.
    Even with the slightly enhanced "tick" achieved by John's program trick, the resultant sound warning in practice proves useless for a clumsy 2 finger keyboarder.

    Please note also Charles: the two links in your reply did not work on the several attempts that I made.

    Looks like I am going to have to lever off that @#$!% key & my wife will say "I told you.........

    Thanks for you efforts,
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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Pete

    This may sound silly but it does work. Glue something -- temporarily!-- to the &^%(&& key. I use a loop of scotch tape, sticky side out. Blunt fingers feel it and avoid the key. As useful as the change case features are (a toolbar button comes in really handy) it's easier not to do it in the first place.

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    When you see you've done some typing in the wrong case, select the words, and use Shift+F3. Shift+F3 is a three-way toggle - lower case, First Letter Upper Case, then ALL CAPS.

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Have you looked at the AutoCorrect option called "Correct accidental usage of cAPS LOCK key'? This will cure your woes in Word but wont help too much in other applications.

    The sticky tape solution sounds good as a pavlovian method to cure the other application problems.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    > have to lever off that @#$!% key

    No wonder you're having problems. It's not your cAPSlOCK key, it's your sHIFT key that's stuck.

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Sorry about the links, my site was down for almost two weeks. I agree that the sound produced is minimal, even when enhanced. Too bad that it can't be reset like most system sounds.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Try this!

    http://members.execulink.com/~pjones/toggler/

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Good one, 'badchilli'! I just checked out that site and it looks pretty good! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Hope it fixes the problem for Pete.
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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    Some freeware here:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://users.iol.it/falsinfab/falsinsoft/products.htm>http://users.iol.it/falsinfab/falsinsoft/products.htm</A>

    If you are running on NT4, it is possible to remap CapsLock, rendering it more or less totally ineffective.

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    Re: Blunt Fingers & the hated Caps Lock Key

    >I agree that the sound produced is minimal,

    Mine was initially a faint "blip" from the 2" PC speaker. For unkown reasons it has now become TWO shrill beeps: turning CAPSLOCK on gives me a higher pitched beep than turning it off. NUMLOCK issues the same two beeps.

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