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TURN CAPS LOCK off with this program

Updated on May 9, 2013

Computer Users Know They Have to Baby the Caps Lock Key

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Caps Lock: It Makes Us Mad!

We’ve all done it. wE PRESSED THE cAPS lOCK KEY WITHOUT REALIZING IT AND TYPED AWAY. UNTIL WE LOOKed up and noticed a frustrating string of text on our screen. At that moment, many of us mutter or shout a few choice words!

This happens to me frequently. I have big mitts and using a laptop it’s inevitable that I press the Caps Lock key by mistake.

But I put an end to my Cap Lock headaches. No! It had nothing to do with taking Tylenol, Advil or some other pain reliever. My remedy: a small software program put an end to my dilemma. Once you download and install one of these programs you get control over Caps Lock.

This software's main feature: it delays the Caps Lock key, which eliminates mistaken key touches. You can adjust how long you have to press Caps Lock to activate the function. Most of these software packages also let you set up sound and/or visual notifications that warn you when you press the key.

In my estimation the top five Cap Lock control programs are:

  • Toggler
  • DKOSD - Caps Lock Status
  • sMaRTcaps
  • Tray Status
  • Caps Lock Indicator

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These software programs let you add some controls on your Caps Lock, Num Lock and Insert keys.

They are easy to download and install. The prices range from free to $15. Well worth the money for some peace of mind.

I installed Toggler at work about a decade ago. After making a few, simple adjustments the software eliminated my Cap Lock mistakes. I've used it for the past 8 or 9 years and had a positive experience.

I checked technology website CNET and its ratings and reviews before I selected Toggler. What I particularly like about this website is most products are reviewed by both the site's editors and average folks who post user ratings and reviews. Both groups rate each item on a 5-star scale. If you find a product that earned high marks by both groups you’ve found a good product. The editor's didn't rate this small (39 KB) program, but the user's gave Toggler 4 out of 5 stars.

Click here to download the software.

It's "Just Genius" How the Program Controls Caps Lock

Toggler lets you set a delay on the Caps Lock key. To prevent inadvertently touching the key, you use a slider to adjust the time it takes before the Caps Lock is activated.

The program visually indicates on screen when Caps Lock is on or off. This is Toggler's weakest area, as it only has a small on/off indicator in the Window's Tray or Task Bar. If a visual warning is important to you, then consider DKOSD - Caps-Lock Status. It displays a large green text message: "CAPS LOCK ON" whenever you press the key.

Toggler also let's you add a sound warning when you turn on capitalization. You activate this option using the Sounds tab. You can select a Windows warning sound or a WAV file. I suggest you choose the latter, because it will be different from other audio warnings you might hear. To do select a WAV file you browse through C:\Windows\Media and pick the sound you want played whenever you press the Caps Lock key. (I'm using notify.wav.)

As you step through the program's tabs and make your various choices, make sure to check the box on the bottom of the Alert tab, which says, "Load automatically when Windows starts."

As I said, I am very satisfied with how Toggler eliminated my Caps Lock problems. But I'm not as pleased as one CNET user, who proclaimed: “THE SINGLE GREATEST PROGRAM EVER INVENTED: This is just genius. I'd give it six stars for all the features if I could. It's the first program I install on any computer I work on.” –TDowling


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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      You're welcome. Glad to help. I don't know much about cars so I can't really say I know what you mean. But I think the name is just to really make you feel like part of a community like you belong to a group because you're collectively referred to as one name. Good luck with your hubs. I'd say it's a constant learning process. I keep learning new stuff here and some things can be confusing at first. But we'll hopefully get the hang of it.

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      Thomas Dowling 4 years ago from Florida

      I really appreciate it. I'll check 'em out.

      Most of all, thanks for your original comment. It made me part of the group. Though, I don't know if I'll EVER get comfortable referring to my articles as hubs and fellow writers/online community as hubbers. Sounds like car repair guys who specializes in tires and hub caps. Know what I mean?

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      You're welcome. Try WryLilt and Marisa Wright. They both have a number of hubs that can help. WryLilt even has a thread in the forums where she gives advice about what people can do to improve their hubs. The forum name is this "I'll Tell You Two Things You Can Change To Improve Your Hub/s".

      You can run a search for the hubber's profiles or you can check my profile since I'm following those 2 and you might find other hubbers that you'd like to follow that have good hubs for beginners, not that I'm following many yet.

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      Thomas Dowling 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks, Ceres. I see you post a lot of comments. Are there a couple of hubbers who have it together and that you recommend I should follow to learn about writing, earning $$$, hubbing?

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      Don't know if you can see deleted comments below. The reason for that is the system didn't response, so I repeatedly pressed the Comment button.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      I'm still pretty new here too, just recently joined. But what I do is just try to follow the "need some goals?" at the top of a hub in edit mode. You'll need certain number of text, images and things like videos or polls to fulfill the goals. I think those goals just help to make the hub more attractive and not be rejected for publishing.

      As you said, the problem may have been the links. As I recall, we're not supposed to have more than 2 links to any one domain except if it's HubPages or your own subdomain in HubPages. If you have any questions, you can ask around in the forums. There are lots of hubbers there that offer advice and help. The learning center and FAQ of HubPages also has lots of useful and helpful information.

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      Thomas Dowling 4 years ago from Florida

      I used to hit that damn key by mistake all the time. That's why I wrote this so others could take an advantage of this tool.

      This hub almost didn't get this published. The Hubber robots (or committee) rejected it- at first. I guess because it had two links to CNET and I mentioned Toggler more than you see now. As a newHubbee I'll like your insight on the publishing process.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This hub is very useful for those who have problems with accidentally or mistakenly pressing the caps lock key of their computer or laptop. I didn't know that there were actually programs that tell you or warn you when you hit the caps lock key but that's probably because I'm not really one to use the caps lock key unless I have need of it.