Why I Disabled the Caps Lock Key

When was the last time you used the Caps Lock key on your computer? For some of you, it may be hard to remember. After asking myself this question, I could only recall the times it had been pressed accidentally – and boy did that drive me crazy. Especially annoying was transcribing hand written notes, as it would often be more than a sentence later that I’d look up and realise my mistake. Now for my ego, and so I can justify writing this post… I’m going to assume this isn’t just my fat fingered typing that’s letting me down. This happens to everyone, right?

So about a month ago, I disabled it. The result? I still haven’t needed to use the key – literally at all. Plus, I’ve avoided the accidental press that was occurring at least once a week. So, no more incorrect password attempts, and no more uppercase sentences. That’s a win for me. Turns out the Chrome OS Notebook had a similar revelation, and has completely removed the key all together. Times are changing.

So how do you do it? On your Mac:

  • Open ‘System Preferences’.
  • Click on ‘Keyboard’.
  • Click on ‘Modifier Keys…’.
  • Select the pull-down menu next to ‘Caps Lock Key’ and assign ‘No Action’.

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