How To Disable The Caps Lock Key On Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Disable The Caps Lock KeyIf you ask me, one of the most useless keys on a keyboard is the Caps Lock key. In my opinion, The Caps lock no longer has any roll to play on your key board. Instead, I’m sure it’s just irritating when you accidentally hit it unintentionally. In my opinion, It is best to just disable the key, an option that ideally should have been built into the operating system.

But, since it isn’t built-in, Here are two ways to disable the caps lock key on your key board.

1. Adding a registry entry to disable the caps lock key or map it to another key.

2. A simple utility that helps you to disable any key or map any key to any other key on your keyboard.

Adding Registry Entry

Windows does not have such a default setting by which you can disable/enable any key. But editing the registry you can achieve the same result. For that you would have to launch the registry editor by typing “regedit” (without the quotes) at the Run (Win +R) box and hitting enter.

At the registry editor navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

Now take note of the Scancode Map entry. The different parts of the binary code  are responsible for the mapping of the keyboard layout. You can set the keys on your own by editing that data. But this is a complicated trick and would require you to know a lot about the inner workings of the operating system and keyboards.

Since, we only want to disable the caps lock key for now, I have already made a registry key file for you, that’ll set the Scancode Map entry to the correct value. Just download the following zipped file and extract it to get the registry key file. Once you have that registry file, just double click on that and click on Yes. You are done! Restart your computer and see the result – Your caps lock key has been disabled !

Download DisableCapsLock.

Using The Utility SharpKeys

SharpKeys is a simple application that supports both windows 7 and vista that lets you disable any key or map keys on your keyboard.

Download the application SharpKeys and run it (no installation is required).

Once you run the application, you can add any key from the list and choose to disable that key or map that key to another.

In the SharpKeys interface, click on the Add button to select the key from the list and select what do you want to do from the right side. After selecting the key and the target task, click on the OK button.

After that, you will be returned to the SharpKeys initial interface. Now, click on the Write to registry button. You would get a massage saying that the key mapping has been successfully stored to the registry. Click on OK.

You are done!

To revert to your initial settings, delete the corresponding entry from the list. As simple as that !

So, do you also think the caps lock key is as useless as it seems  ? Do you like to keep the caps lock key disabled ? Share your opinion with us in the comment section.

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3 thoughts on “How To Disable The Caps Lock Key On Windows 7 and Windows Vista

  1. Great stuff, I know quite a few people who don’t use the caps lock button. I agree it does seem pretty useless. I would definitely have to map it to something else though, will have to have a think what to put there instead before I scrap it.

  2. Why? Is it *really* that big a problem to have a key on they keyboard that you don’t use every 10 seconds?

    There are a lot of keys on there that people don’t use…. should they all be disabled too?

    So it gets in the way once in a while… so do other keys, I often hit a q when I want a w…. and I use w way more than q; should the Q be disabled?

    1. The key is not a problem, per sé. But the process of disabling it teaches one a lot more about windows internals and so the process itself is worth the time and effort. After all this is what geeks love to do.

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