Disable Caps Lock
Mac Tip #392, 08 July 2009
Gilbert wrote to me:
I’m a terrible typist and often hit the caps lock key when attempting to hit the “A” key. Since I tend to look at the keyboard I am surprised when I see these sentences in all caps. So far, the only thing that I can do is to erase the full sentence and retype.
I’m a terrible typist too and have also occasionally hit the
Caps Lock key while aiming for something else. And on those extremely rare occasions where I actually want a run of Upper Case letters I seldom think to use Caps Lock, preferring to keep my finger on the Shift key instead.
This was an interesting problem, whose answer I discovered in Kill Caps Lock at Mac Geekery.
Disable Caps Lock in System Prefs
[In the depths of System Preferences lies an easily overlooked option: to change what happens when you press a modifier key.
- Open System Preferences.
- Go to the
Keyboard and MousePreference Pane.
- Make sure you’re on the
- Click the
Modifier Keys…button. A window appears where you can change what happens when you press the various modifier keys.
- From the drop-down menu beside the Caps Lock key choose
- Click OK. The new setting is saved.
- If you wish, close the System Preferences window.
Now when you type the
Caps Lock key nothing happens. It’s just a dead key.
This one’s not for me
I experimented briefly with setting the Caps Lock key to instead act like the Command (⌘) key, but without changing how the Command key worked. This simply seemed to confuse both me and my Mac.
I actually didn’t like setting Caps Lock to be a dead key. I saw enormous potential for forgetting I’d done this and then spending ages troubleshooting if and when I noticed its lack of capability. I set mine back to its old behaviour.
I offer this as an educational Tip though.
Remember to watch the video:
What about you? Do you have this Caps Lock problem? Did you solve it another way? Have you tried this technique of disabling Caps Lock? How did that work out for you?
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