Finally, A Use For the Caps Lock Key

Posted September 20th, 2006 by kyle

The Caps Lock key is a large, easily accessible key that I rarely use and just wastes space on my keyboard. This article shows how to remap a key on your keyboard to another key (Windows 2000 and up). I used it to map Caps Lock to Ctrl. I still use the real left Ctrl key for some combination keys near Caps Lock (Ctrl+Tab, Ctrl+A, etc.), but most other Ctrl+ shortcuts are much easier to type using Caps Lock.

I also mapped ScrLk (a key I never use) to Caps Lock in case I ever need it. Contrary to the instructions in the article, I did need to log off and back on again on Windows XP SP2 before the mapping took effect. My mapping .reg file is here.

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