Fix the caps lock problem in Windows

The caps lock button, which causes everything you type to be in capital letters, is often pressed by accident. The results aren’t life threatening, but having to retype a sentence or two can really tick me off. Many have looked all over the internet for a way to warn them when the Caps Lock key is mistakenly pressed.

It turns out that the answer is right inside Windows! Windows has a feature called "Toggle Keys". When the toggle keys feature is enabled your computer emits a beep when the caps lock or num lock keys are pressed, and a different beep when they are pressed a second time to turn them off. It’s a feature I enable on all of my computers.

Turn on Toggle Keys in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Type Ease of Access in the Start Menu and click the top result – Ease of Access Center, which will open the window below.

Click "Make the keyboard easier to use", which opens the window below.

Halfway down you will see a checkbox and Turn on Toggle Keys. Click the checkbox to place a check and hit apply. Now each time you hit the caps lock or num lock keys you will hear a beep.

Turn on Toggle Keys in Windows XP

Click the Start Button>Control Panel>Accessibility Options, which will open the window below.

Place a checkmark in the box labeled "Use Toggle Keys" by clicking the box with your mouse. Click OK to close the window.

About the Author

David Hartsock

Executive Editor/Owner/Admin of Daves Computer Tips and all-around good guy - Dave's interest in computers began in the early 1980's during the Apple II era. In the early 1990's the PC began to replace proprietary and mainframe devices in Dave's industry so he began to learn and experiment with the PC. Through DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8, and now Windows 8.1. Dave became the "go to" guy for friends, family, and coworkers with computer problems. Daves Computer Tips was born in 2006 in an effort to share these experiences with others in an easy to understand, plain English, form.

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