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Thursday, October 19, 2006


I finally did something about the pain in the arse that is the Caps Lock key. It's position on the keyboard - right next to the A key and above the Shift key - bears no relation to its importance or use. Has anyone used the key intentionally more than once?

If you answered yes to that, then I'll make a mental note not to get involved in a flame war with you!

There are several ways to prevent the unintentional entering of text in uppercase characters.

I've been using StickyKeys for ages and it's ok, but it doesn't prevent the problem.

John Haller tells you how to disable the Caps Lock key via a Registry key (funny that).

However, I have a simpler method.

It works for all versions of Windows (including Vista), Mac OS and even Linux.

You'll need a screwdriver, spoon, knife or similar implement
  1. Insert the flat end of your implement of choice between the Caps Lock key and the keyboard surround
  2. Gently bring your implement towards a horizontal position, prising out the offending key
  3. Presto! The Caps Lock key will pop out and can be discarded.
If you have any other suggestions for useless keys on the keyboard, do please let me know.
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