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Remapping the Caps Lock key – Windows

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I’ve previously showed you how to disable the Caps Lock key in Ubuntu. There are many ways of doing this in Windows as well, my favorite is to simply remap it to something else.

Microsoft have published a tool kit called Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. In it is a nifty little utility called remapkey.exe. Download and install the tool kit. I installed it to the default location (C:\Program files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools). Once installed, simply open the folder to see the plethora of utilities it comes with:

Plethora of tools

The utility shows you two keyboard setups, a base keyboard and a remapped keyboard. Simply drag keys from the base keyboard onto the key you want to remap on the remapped keyboard. In the screenshot below, you’ll see I’ve remapped caps lock to left shift:

Caps lock remapped

When you hit save, the program warns you that you’ll lose the Capslock key:

You will lose

The change requires a reboot, but once you’ve rebooted, you’re in the caps lock free environment you were wanting.

The tool works with Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003 and Vista. In Vista you’ll need administrative privileges to do this.

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