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August 13, 2011 at 10:14 pm

How To Know (For Sure) When Your Caps Lock Is On Or Off

Hello everyone,

It absolutely drives me crazy when I’m typing along only to find out that I have the CAPS LOCK on. My USB connected keyboard has a blue light to alert me when I’m using capital letters, but I can’t always see this light because my keyboard is positioned underneath my raised laptop.

But did you know that you can set the CAPS LOCK key to alert you by making a sound? Yes, every time you press the CAPS LOCK key (whether you mean to do so or not), you can hear a “beep” to tell you when CAPS are on, and another “beep” to tell you when CAPS are off.

Here is what you need to do:

1) In Windows Vista and Windows 7, open the Control Panel and click on Ease of Access Center.

2) Scroll down and click on Make the Keyboard Easier To Use. Then select Turn on Toggle Keys. Hit OK.

In Windows XP just do this:

Open the Control Panel and select Accessibility Options. Then, under the Keyboard tab, check Use Toggle Keys. Hit OK. You will now hear a “beep” to let you know that you are typing in capital letters.

Professor Randy says: Don’t waste precious time! You can know for certain when your typing in CAPS by configuring the CAPS LOCK key to “beep” when pressed. The sound will alert you and you’ll know for sure! How cool is that?


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  • lyn
    3:10 pm on February 14th, 2016 1

    how do i know in windows 10 whether my caps lock is on or off ?

  • Mark
    6:06 am on October 10th, 2017 2

    No, that’s not good enough. If I turbed on caps lock ten minutes ago, it’s useless. I want something that will notice that I am typing in “reverse caps”, and either alert me, or automatically fix it.


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