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    How to Enable or Disable the Caps Lock Key in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable the Caps Lock Key in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    13 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable the Caps Lock Key in Windows 10


    Caps Lock is a button on a keyboard that changes if a letter should be capitalized or not.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable all users being able to toggle on or off the Caps Lock key in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Caps Lock key.

    Users will still be able to press and hold the Shift key and press a letter to capitalize if Caps Lock is disabled.





    Here's How:

    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the binary value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

    (Caps Lock key)
    Scancode Map binary value

    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,3a,00,00,00,00,00 = disable
    (delete) = enable


    (Caps Lock and Windows keys)
    Scancode Map binary value

    00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,04,00,00,00,00,00,5B,E0,00,00,5C,E0,00,00,3A,00,00,00,00,00 = disable
    (delete) = enable


    1 Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable Caps Lock), or step 4 (disable Caps Lock and Win key) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable Caps Lock and Windows Keys

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Enable_Caps_Lock_and_Windows_keys.reg

    Download


    3 To Disable Only Caps Lock Key

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_Caps_Lock.reg

    Download


    4 To Disable Caps Lock and Windows keys

    If you like: How to Enable or Disable the Windows Key in Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_Caps_Lock_and_Windows_keys.reg

    Download


    5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8 Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    9 If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 261
    Win 10 Home Single Language, Ver 1809, Build 17763.379
       #1

    Shawn,

    Why would it be necessary for anyone to want to disable the caps lock key? I appreciate knowing how to do it but can't get my mind around why someone would want to do this?

    Best

    Geoff
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  2. Posts : 64,571
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Geoff, :)

    We had someone post a request for how to do so in the forum, so I wrote a quick tutorial for it.

    I suppose if one keeps hitting the Caps Lock key by mistake, that this could be helpful. They could just use the Shift key instead afterwards.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #3

    Thank you


    Some of us are terrible typists. Thanks for the fix.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 64,571
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're most welcome mlinsey, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #5

    I can't understand why people defend "caps lock". A useless key for the vast majority of users (please don't tell me how programmers need it) that is unfortunately prominently placed on most keyboards.

    Not needed, wastes time when mistakenly used, and should have been eliminated years ago. Ridiculous you need a registry edit to disable it in Windows.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 26,823
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #6

    Caps Lock on/off icons


    mlinsey said:
    Some of us are terrible typists. Thanks for the fix.
    Yep me!!!!

    Note: The original PNGs I found on Bing Images, but artist name wasn't given, I did alot of modifying in GIMP and iconified them myself though.

    But....
    Shawn you know how I like personalizing dry things like .bat, .vbs, and .reg file, right?


    1. Well I created a folder for both reg files, and placed it in my Documents folder.
    2. Then I created shortcuts to the desktop(using "Send to").
    3. I placed the shortcuts in a folder on the desktop.
    4. Then I customized the folder icon, and the reg file shortcuts(you cannot change the actual reg files icon, hence the shortcuts).

    I did this so that I could run both files as needed from the desktop toolbar.
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  7. Posts : 26,823
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #7

    Here is the folder icon too:
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 64,571
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

      My Computers


  9. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #9

    Thank you for this. It is very helpful. However, it's not exactly what I was looking for. When windows 10 starts up it automatically turns on the caps key. I just wanted the key to remain in the off state until I press it. Not to have it disabled forever.
      My Computer


 

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