TURN CAPS LOCK off with this program
Computer Users Know They Have to Baby the Caps Lock Key
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:
- DKOSD - Caps Lock Status
- 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