If you want to talk about useful hidden features in Microsoft Windows, this is one of them. This one little feature has saved me from Caps Lock annoyance dozens of times over the years in Windows.
Everyone has been annoyed by the Caps Lock key at one time or another. But you don’t have to go to the extreme lengths of disabling it just to keep it from becoming a distraction. One way I’ve dealt with the Caps Lock key by making the Shift key shut it off. This way, if for some reason it is left on, my natural flow of typing results in me turning it off.
No one likes it when you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key while on a typing roll and suddenly you are showing in a chat or even document. You have to go back and edit what you typed. Very annoying. So, here is a look at one of the preemptive steps you can take to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
Use Shift Key to Disable the Caps Lock Key
Open the Region and Language control panel. The easiest way to do this is to search for “language” from the Start Menu and then click the Region and Language link.
In the Region and Language window navigate to the Keyboards and Languages tab. Here click the Change Keyboards button.
The Text Services and Input Languages window will come up. Go to the Advanced Key Settings tab and then select the Press the SHIFT key. Click OK to save changes and exit.
You can test it out right away on your keyboard. Enable the Caps Lock key, and instead of pressing it again to disable it, just press the Shift key. Most keyboards will have an indicator light to let you know whether it’s on or off.
And if you would like an audio cure when you accidentally hit everyone’s favorite key to hate, another cool and useful tip is to make the Caps Lock Key beep and alert you if it has been pressed.