How can I disable the caps lock key? Please explain in detail.



I am a VERY poor typist and continuously hit the caps lock key by mistake.
Since I use the hunt-and-peck system I am lookibetwen the keyboard and
monitor so I ususally capitalize several words before I relaize I have hit
the caps lock key accidentally. The proble is caused in large part by VERY
poor small-motor skills, so I am unable to improve my typing skills. What I
want to do is turn off or disable the caps lock key. I can intentionally
capitlaize anything by using the shift key, so not having access to a
functioning caps lock key is no problem.

Because I am not particularly computer literate, I would greatly appreciate
a step-by-step answer. Again, thanks in advance.

Suzanne S. Barnhill

There may be a way to disable the Caps Lock key, but I don't know it
offhand. There are two other things you can do, however:

1. In Control Panel | Accessibility Options you can check ToggleKeys to get
a warning ("tone" = beep?) when Caps Lock is pressed.

2. In Control Panel | Keyboard | Input Locales | Change | Key Settings,
there is an option to use the Shift key to turn Caps Lock off, making the
pair of keys work like Shift and Shift Lock on a typewriter.

Also, be sure that you have "Correct accidental usage of cAPS LOCK key"
checked in the Tools | AutoCorrect Options dialog in Word.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

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It might look ugly, but this solution works:
1) Find a large paper clip, a small screw driver or similar
2) Insert it between the Caps Lock botton and the key board frame
3) Appply some downward force on the screw driver handle, the papper clip or
whatever you've found
4) When the Caps Lock botton pops free of the key board, pick it up and
a) put it on board an aircraft and tell the pilot to drop it from 5000 ft
b) drop it in the waste basket
c) mould it into transparent epoxy to form a paper weight
d) etc...


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