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Disable CAPS LOCKS,WINDOWS key and more


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#1 cowsgonemadd3

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Posted 29 March 2005 - 07:02 PM

Just something I wrote for my site, and told some folks here I would post when I was done. I hope it will help some of you. PAPAKID, I also used your little part and gave you credit. I hope you do not mind.

Before I start, I want to give this warning on what you can do to your computer. Messing with the registry can be bad. I know this firsthand. I made mistakes that prevented my system from starting, by trying to change the letters on the start key! I was able to fix it pretty easy by forcing my pc to start since I knew how. You may not be that lucky if you mess it up. So please do not tamper with anything you do not know about in the registry. This is a self-extracting file that should be safe even for the inexperienced, just trying to keep everyone safe.

"(from another site) * These files are provided without warranty. Use them at your own risk!!
* These files will overwrite any keyboard mappings you currently have.
* .REG files update your Windows registry. Incorrect changes to the registry may damage Windows or other installed software. Be sure you know what a given .REG file contains before merging it into the registry."
"And this can mess up your system, so please follow all directions as they are and you should be safe.

You can't disable both the Windows keys or the Caps locks keys at the same time.
It will reset the setting back to normal and won't work. Only one at a time. Sorry!



How to disable the Caps Locks key or make it work as another key.


The Caps Locks key.

If you have ever done any extensive typing, you may have been surprised to discover that half of your paragraph is in CAPS when it shouldn't be. Then you have to turn around and delete it and re-write it all! To some people, this has made them angry enough to want to grab a tool and remove the CAPS LOCKS key from their keyboard!

There is an easier and better way to do this without making holes in your keyboard. I will now give you a couple of ways to disable the key. One way prevents the key from working and the other makes it work as another key like "shift" or "num lock". There is also one way if you still want the key to work as it is to make it beep when pressed. This way you know when you hit it and can stop before it's too late. There are many ways around this problem. You get to choose what's best for you!


Disable CAPS LOCKS entirely.

Compatibility.

This method of disabling the Windows key works with the following:

* Windows XP - Works with Pro or Home.
* Windows 2000 - Confirmed working on SP3 and greater. Should work for others.
* Windows NT - Does not work. Confirmed.
* Windows 95, 98, Me - Should not work. Untested



To disable the CAPS LOCKS key, I have found this registry edit will do the trick. I used the registry code I found and made it to where when you click it. It will auto-add it to your registry. This will make it simple for you. I hosted it on a file host. You can download it by clicking the link.

Disable Caps Lock

Restore Caps Locks(removes registry edit)


After you download and install it, restart your computer for the setting to take place.



Change CAPS LOCKS to the SHIFT key.

Compatibility.

This method of disabling the Windows key works with the following:

* Windows XP - Works with Pro or Home.
* Windows 2000 - Confirmed working on SP3 and greater. Should work for others.
* Windows NT - Does not work. Confirmed.
* Windows 95, 98, Me - Should not work. Untested



Use this download and open it to add it to your registry. If you decide you want to switch it back simply use the remove key.

Caps Locks to Shift key

Restore Caps Locks and shift keys(removes registry edit)

After adding it to the registry restart for the setting to take place.



Make CAPS LOCKS, NUM LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK beep when pressed. [by Papakid at Bleepingcomputer]

Tips for the Fumble Fingered.

Ever get into a furious typing session only to discover that you've typed half a paragraph in all caps? Your pinkie finger has betrayed you? There is a way to help prevent that. Make Windows play a sound when the Caps Lock key is pressed.

Here's how:

1. Open your PC's Control Panel and then Accessibility Options (In XP use Classic View).

2. On the Keyboard tab , click the Use Toggle Keys checkbox.

3. Click OK.

Now you'll hear a sound when you use Caps Lock and also Num Lock and Scroll Lock.

If you're a bit hard of hearing or need a visual warning for some other reason, try this:

1. Repeat step one above.

2. In the Sound tab ckick to check the Use SoundSentry checkbox.

3. Click the Settings button and select Flash active window in the Warning for windowed programs drop-down menu.

4. Click OK and you're done.

Now every time you hit Caps Lock or the other Lock keys, the currently active window will flash at you. :thumbsup:




Disable the Windows key (you can't disable the Caps Locks key and Windows key too, because it will reset the settings.)

Compatibility.

This method of disabling the Windows key works with the following:

* Windows XP - Works with Pro or Home.
* Windows 2000 - Confirmed working on SP3 and greater. Should work for others.
* Windows NT - Does not work. Confirmed.
* Windows 95, 98, Me - Should not work. Untested



To disable the Windows Key(s), download and install one of these files.

Disable both Windows Keys

Disable Left Windows Key

Disable Right Windows Key

Restore Windows Key(s)(removes registry edit)

Restart your computer for the settings to take place.


Conclusion:

I hope you have found this Tutorial very informative. I hope it will help you out with that pesky CAPS LOCKS key! I know it did with mine. I'm sorry to those whose systems that it will not work on. All I can say for you is to get a screwdriver and pluck it off. Or make it beep when pressed. If you have any questions, just ask in the forums or PM me.

Written by Austin Z of SPYWARE BEATERS forums on 3/27/2005

Edited by Pandy, 09 October 2005 - 10:04 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2005 - 12:47 AM

Great job Austin! I see a writer in you!

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 01:22 AM

Thanks so much we are doing some editing on spelling and grammar now. I made a few mistakes and I was not able to edit them to correct them. I got Pandy and Texasangel to help me out with editing.
I hope this helps out people here.
A writer in me? I'm not going to publish a book anytime soon but I will keep on writing these tutorials to share my learned knowledge with others.
Enjoy everyone!

Edited by cowsgonemadd3, 30 March 2005 - 01:29 AM.


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Posted 30 March 2005 - 01:43 AM

Good job, both the information and cooperating with those editing "bleeping MOD & ANGEL". :thumbsup: Oh, and thanks for the tip about the free file hosting site. That is helpful, also. The screwdrivers are best to use with screws, I've found. :flowers:
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 01:45 AM

Great job, my friend!! Happy to assist you. I talked to you before about writing. See, I'm not alone. Keep up the good work! Kudos!

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 01:47 AM

TexasAngel did all the hard stuff.. I just stuck in my 2 cents. LOL Happy to help anytime Austin. :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 March 2005 - 10:24 AM

:thumbsup: CGM3 I see that you have put a lot of work into this. I am so proud of you!
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 02:54 PM

Thanks all! I just wish it would work for all systems! Well microsoft is going to quit support for older systems anyways so as long as it works for the newer systems it should be okay.

Im so glad it looks good. I am learning to type so much better now. But there is much to learn on the way to put my words in the correct order to make it sound better.

See you all around

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Posted 11 April 2005 - 10:49 PM

Hey in ms word 98 you can hightlight a paragraph and hit F2 or F3 and it will go in to all caps and all lower case letters. I found this when i was playing areound with MS word? :thumbsup:
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