How to Get Alerted When Caps Lock Is Enabled in Windows

Ben Stegner 11-05-2016

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? 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 The Windows 10 Settings Guide: How to Do Anything and Everything Do you know your way around the Settings app in Windows 10? Here's everything you need to know. 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.

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! 10 Keyboard Shortcuts Users Keep Hitting by Mistake Find that your keyboard won't type properly? Here are common keyboard shortcuts that cause issues and how to fix them. 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. Exp
    September 9, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I didn't know people actually typed with their eyes not on the screen...

  2. Joe Aiken
    March 30, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Rather than have to learn a new use for the CapsLock key I found three small (old) utility that allowed me to add a small delay to the operation of the CapsLock key. This stops it activating everytime I press the "a" key but allows me to use it when I want to. I wish that the ability to add a short delay to every key was built into the standard keyboard driver - it would stop many of the other keyboard mistakes I make with my clumsy fingers.

    I actually use the CapsLock key far more than ScrollLock, Pause, PrintScrn, and any of the Crtl, Alt, Win & Menu keys on the right-hand side of my keyboard.

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

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

  4. Anonymous
    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.