Disable Caps Lock (or turn it into something else)

(Last updated October 20, 2013)

Now you can disable your Caps Lock key in Windows... without any special software, and without having to pry the key off with a screwdriver. Read on to find out how. I also have a page on how to disable the Windows key. And, if you're more interested in something fun, you can turn your Caps Lock key into a Billy Mays key.

Background

Accidentally hitting the Caps Lock key when typing up an email or coding can be maddening. Most people never use it anyway, so why not disable it? In Windows, you can by adding some keyboard scancode mapping information to your Windows registry. The complete details are at annoyances.org. To make it even easier, I decided to add some .REG files so you can disable your shift key yourself without needing to muck around with the registry.

Compatibility

This method of disabling the Caps Lock key works with all modern Windows variants: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1. It will not work with Windows 95/98/Me. As with any HKLM registry changes, you'll need administrator priviledges to make them.

Warnings

  • 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.
  • These files are unsupported, please do not contact me with questions on their use.

Installation / Files

The following files are .reg files. They modify the Windows registry directly. You should download them to your PC (right-click the link and select to Save As or similar). Be sure they save as a .reg file and not as .reg.txt. Next, double-click them to add them to your registry. After saying YES to the message box, reboot your machine and enjoy freedom from Caps Lock annoyances.

Note: You can't select an option from here and an option from disabling the Windows key as the mappings will overwrite each other. I've provided a combined file to disable caps lock and the Windows keys above.

Window Screenshot: Adding information can unintentionally change or delete values and cause components to stop working correctly. If you do not trust the source of this information in D:\disable_caps_lock.reg, do not add it to the registry. Are you sure you want to continue?
The confirmation message you'll see when opening a .REG file.