Caps Lock on: need continous tone or keystroke tone

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  1. Posts : 40
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Caps Lock on: need continous tone or keystroke tone


    I am 66. When typing documents I need to frequently change between Caps lock on and Caps Lock off, and I have trouble remembering which way it is set. My keyboard is adapted for limited vision but has no Caps Lock light. I can only type while looking closely at the keyboard. Since I do not look at the screen while typing, I don't see which kind of text is appearing, and I often type long segments of text in the wrong Caps Lock setting and must erase and re-type it. I have tried an app with a continuous on-screen Caps Lock indicator, but that does not help because I don't look at the screen while typing. I have tried an app with differing keystroke sounds when pressing Caps Lock on or Caps lock off, but it is a single tone when the key is pressed, and a few seconds later I forget which way it is set.

    What would be very helpful to me is a constant audible reminder of which way Caps Lock is set. This could be a continuous tone whenever Caps Lock is on, or separate keystroke sounds whenever a letter key is pressed while Caps Lock is on. Is anyone aware of an app or a tweak that would do this?

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 625
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #2

    wvbirdman said:
    I am 66. When typing documents I need to frequently change between Caps lock on and Caps Lock off, and I have trouble remembering which way it is set. My keyboard is adapted for limited vision but has no Caps Lock light. I can only type while looking closely at the keyboard. Since I do not look at the screen while typing, I don't see which kind of text is appearing, and I often type long segments of text in the wrong Caps Lock setting and must erase and re-type it. I have tried an app with a continuous on-screen Caps Lock indicator, but that does not help because I don't look at the screen while typing. I have tried an app with differing keystroke sounds when pressing Caps Lock on or Caps lock off, but it is a single tone when the key is pressed, and a few seconds later I forget which way it is set.

    What would be very helpful to me is a constant audible reminder of which way Caps Lock is set. This could be a continuous tone whenever Caps Lock is on, or separate keystroke sounds whenever a letter key is pressed while Caps Lock is on. Is anyone aware of an app or a tweak that would do this?

    Thanks
    Hello,

    I found this. It works on Windows 10



    Go to Control Panel > Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center > and at the bottom of the screen select "Make it easier to focus on tasks"


    Then scroll down and select "Adjust time limits and flashing visuals" and unclick the option


    The end result is that you will still see the notification that CAPs has been turned on or off, but it will not cause a pause in your typing.
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  3. Posts : 14,018
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
       #3

    Be sure to click Apply after making any change. Also of note is the sound can't be muted or the volume diminished too far to hear the tone. And the sound only occurs when pressing/toggling the key, not continuous while typing as the Subject line requests. Holding down the NumLock for 5 seconds can activate it.
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  4. Posts : 512
    Windows 10 Version 1909 (Build 18363.815
       #4

    I use an app called Tray Status, which puts icons in taskbar for CapsLock, NumberLock, etc as you prefer. My keyboard has no lights so this works for me. There is a free version and an inexpensive paid version. You might check it out to see if this would help. Free vs Pro TrayStatus by Binary Fortress Software

    In screenshots, it is the square with an "a" in it - showing it is off. If the square shows an "A", it is on.
    Last edited by JohnBurns; 31 Jul 2018 at 10:54. Reason: Adding info
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  5. Posts : 86
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       #5

    wvbirdman said:
    I often type long segments of text in the wrong Caps Lock setting and must erase and re-type it.
    No need to erase and re-type it. Most text editors have a "change case" function.

    MS Word >> On the Home tab, in the Font group, click Change Case (Aa).

    Notepad++ with the TextFX plugin has even more options.
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  6. Posts : 1
    WIN 95, 2000, XP, 7, 10
       #6

    CapsLock warning


    Hello!
    I had the same issue and found one kind of solution:
    There is a nice program AutoHotKey to make command scripts for Windows operations.
    I was testing this in Windows 7 Home, it may work in Win 10 too...

    After installing AutoHotKey i wrote following script:

    ; AutoHotKey script CapsLockAlarm
    ; Beebs repeatedly, if CapsLock is on
    ; 30.5.2023 YH/FIN

    ; #c:: ;This line starts this script with WIN-c key combination,
    ;line disabled with semi-colon, when script shall start by windows boot

    loop:

    GetKeyState, state, CapsLock, T ; D if CapsLock is ON or U otherwise.
    if (state = "D")
    {
    SoundBeep, 750, 100 ;Beeb pitch and length
    sleep, 1300 ;Interval of beeps
    }
    Goto, loop

    return


    You need to install AutoHotKey to run and use this script ( AutoHotkey)
    When this script is saved as .AHK-file (e.g.CapsLockAlarm.AHK) in Windows startup directory, it activates when booting Windows and stays running in loop on background.
    The startup directory is as follows (at least in my computer, Win 7 Home):

    C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    To hear the warning beebs there must be loudspeaker or headset working in the computer.

    I hope this is a helpful hint :)
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  7. Posts : 1,211
    Windows 10
       #7

    Even though this is a necro i will add that shift key while typing and that IF YOU WANT TO TALK IN CAPS THEN YOU CAN DO SO via holding SHIFT.

    That way when you let go of shift it goes back to lower case. This might not be practical for some people sort of akin to looking at the keyboard to type vs being able to type without looking at the keyboard, in this case i could see some people not being able to hold shift while they type in a similar fashion.

    Just seems like an abrasive alternative to play a tone for long periods to do something that has been forethought already. You can train to learn these things if it does not feel natural of course.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Also to note this is the whole point of the shift key is to shift between functions and often on some keyboards you will see icons that represent this usually there is an arrow on the shift key which is also pointing towards the capslock key so its telling you this.
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  8. Posts : 31,651
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    I know this is an old thread, but I'll add my tip in case it's useful for others...

    wvbirdman said:
    I am 66. When typing documents I need to frequently change between Caps lock on and Caps Lock off, and I have trouble remembering which way it is set.....

    ....What would be very helpful to me is a constant audible reminder of which way Caps Lock is set....
    I have ticked the box for 'Turn on Toggle Keys' in Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Ease of Access Centre > Make the keyboard easier to use.

    This makes a beep whenever I press Caps Lock, a high pitch tone if this turns caps lock on, a low pitch for caps lock off. Whenever I have forgotten if caps lock is on or off I press the Caps Lock key once or twice until I end up with the one I want.

    It also acts as a warning if I accidentally press Caps Lock - which is something I do all too frequently when intending to type 'A'
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  9. Posts : 1,211
    Windows 10
       #9

    ^ That is a good option i might go turn this on now just so i know if i bump it lol. I forgot about this setting because its not something i have thought about to often as generally i don't press the button but sometimes i do activate it on accident.
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  10. Posts : 295
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    Because I sometimes activate the damn caps lock by accident I just disabled it wholesale with the program SharpKeys. I don't even use caps lock!
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