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Of all the keys on your keyboard, you probably use caps lock the least. If you haven’t repurposed it to do something useful Isn't It Time You Made Use of Your Caps Lock? Isn't It Time You Made Use of Your Caps Lock? The CAPS LOCK key is probably the most useless key on your keyboard. Netiquette forbids you to use it because it's considered screaming, which is simply rude. And what else would you use it for... Read More , it probably only serves AS AN ANNOYANCE WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY press it and have to type everything over again.

Thankfully, Windows provides an accessibility option to alert you when you trigger caps, num, or scroll lock — also useful if you often use your number pad. Here’s how to turn it on in Windows 7, 8, and 10.

For Windows 10, open the Settings menu How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide The Windows control panel is on its way out. Its replacement, the Settings app, has received a significant upgrade in Windows 10. We'll reveal all its secrets for you. Read More by clicking Start > Settings and choose Ease of Access. On the left menu, choose Keyboard and under the Toggle Keys heading you can enable the setting to hear a tone when you press a lock key.

For convenience, right below it you can also enable a shortcut: just hold the num lock key for five seconds to quickly enable or disable the tone.

Windows 8.x users should open the Charms bar with Windows Key + C and then click Settings. Choose Change PC Settings at the bottom of the bar, then select Ease of Access on the left side. Choose Keyboard and then you can enable the Toggle Keys option — there’s unfortunately no shortcut in Windows 8/8.1 for some reason.

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In Windows 7, open the Start menu and type “change how your keyboard works” and click the resulting option in the menu. Under Make it easier to type, check the box next to Turn on toggle keys, and enable the shortcut underneath this option if you’d like to be able to quickly switch this option on or off.

Keep using these keys by accident? You’re not alone. Check out other problematic keyboard shortcuts Oops, I Did It Again: 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake Oops, I Did It Again: 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting By Mistake It happens even to the most experienced of users: the accidental keyboard shortcuts. No matter how often you use your computer, weird things can start happening when you’re going too fast, when you lean on... Read More .

Do you ever use Caps Lock, or have you repurposed it? Let us know what you think of this key below!

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  1. tom
    May 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks. Caps lock has been driving me crazy and now it won't.

  2. Alan Wade
    May 11, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I got so fed up of accidently turning it on that after a bit of research installed SharpKeys from RandyRants. It allows me to reprogram the key safely and with ease.
    My Caps Lock key now opens my 'Favourites' folder in Firefox.

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