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How To Disable The Caps Lock Key In Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 Tips, Tutorials and NewsThink hard about this one for a moment, how often do you actually use the Caps Lock key?  Most people would say, “Not Often.”  The Shift key is a great alternative, and it gets the job done without fear of making an online faux pas by typing out a message to someone in all caps (seen by some as the e-equivalent to yelling through text).  Ready to get rid of Caps Lock?  Here is how!

Step 1

Click the Windows Start Menu Orb and Type regedit into the search box.  Press Enter.

open regedit in windows 7

Step 2

Browse to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

keyboard layout registry key windows 7

Step 3

Right-Click the Keyboard Layout key and Select New > Binary Value.  Rename the new binary value to the following:

Scancode Map

keyboard layout scancode map

Step 4

Right-Click your new Scancode Map binary and Select ModifySet the value to:

00000000 00000000 02000000 00003A00 00000000

To make sure this is accurate, it’s best to just copy the screenshot below.  Click OK when done.

modify binary registry

Step 5

Restart your computer for changes to take effect.

restart windows 7 computer

Done!

Now your caps lock key should be completely disabled.  If you hit the key, the Caps Lock light on your physical keyboard shouldn’t even light up anymore.   Groovy?  It certainly isn’t for those that believe “caps lock is cruise control to cool.”  For the rest of us though, this is a handy little trick to add to your arsenal.

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7 Responses to How To Disable The Caps Lock Key In Windows 7

  1. Koutheir Attouchi January 22, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    Perfectly useless hint for programmers and advanced computer users.

    • MrGroove January 22, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Because…..?

      • Koutheir Attouchi January 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

        Because:
        – We have some conventions that enforce writing in capitals: like macros in C++.
        – We have some multi keys shortcuts that use Shift key and that can interfere with normal writing, so we use Caps Lock there to avoid the conflict.
        – If you use a laptop with an AZERTY keyboard without a keypad, you don’t want to use both hands to write numbers. So do a single caps lock, then write the number you want.

        • MrGroove January 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

          Bingo – Makes perfect sense.

          I guess as a systems admin, I never thought about those use-cases. Groovy perspective! Thanks for the comments.

  2. Brad February 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Well nonetheless I think Windows should come like this so people have to have to knowledge or the ability to use google to use caps and it would make the Internetz a better place! LOLZ

  3. Julio Cesar June 8, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    It is good to know more about the keyboard ,so , i suggest you sould also teach about the re enabling of the Caps Lock

    Thanks

    • Greg August 13, 2011 at 6:18 am #

      just backup your reg key (name it “CAPS LOCK” for instance lol) before modifying it. All you will need is to double click the backup and answer “yes” to apply the mod (which is really a roll back) then restart and you’d be back to normal.

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