How to Disable the Caps Lock Key

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The Caps Lock key on a keyboard is something that you can hit easily without realizing it. Holding down "Shift" while typing a letter is an alternate way to write capital letters, meaning that the Caps Lock key is not a necessity on a keyboard. To disable the Caps Lock key, you need to manually reprocess your keyboard's keys by editing your computer's registry editor. These instructions are for disabling a Caps Lock key on a Windows 7 computer system.

  • Click on the Start button on the bottom left of your computer screen, and select "Run."

  • Type in "regedit" in the screen that appears, and click on "OK."

  • Navigate to the "Keyboard Layout" entry. In the screen that appears, a number of folders will be listed on the left hand side, and these folders expand when you click on them. To get to the "Keyboard Layout" entry, click on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE," then "SYSTEM," then "CurrentControlSet," then "Control," and finally "Keyboard Layout."

  • Add a new binary value. Right-click on the white space to the right of the left-hand navigation, select "New" and then "Binary Value."

  • Rename the new binary value. Once you have created this new binary value, it will automatically call itself "New Value #1." Double-click on this new entry to bring up the "Edit Binary Value" screen. In the "Value name" field, rename the "Value name" to "Scancode Map."

  • Change the value of the binary key. Underneath the "Value name" is a field for "Value data." Enter in the following value into this field: 00000000 00000000 02000000 00003A00 00000000. Click on "OK."

  • Exit the registry editor and restart your computer for the change to the Caps Lock key to take effect. When you restart your system you will find that the Caps Lock key has been disabled.

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