Sunday, 24 July 2011

Make your caps lock key do something useful

I think that I use the the capslock key about 3 times a year - accidently that is. Having it on my keyboard all the time is just taking up valuable home-row space that can be used for something else. I'm certainly not the first to propose the idea of repurposing the key for a better use, but after seeing Google's chromebook notebook without a caps lock key (well, without a capslock key by default it seems) really motivated me to do something similar.

Here's how you can remap that key to something more useful on a Mac:

  1. Click the Apple icon on the menubar at the top left hand side of your screen
  2. System Preferences
  3. Click the Keyboard icon
  4. Modifier Keys...
  5. Map the capslock key to something more useful using the dropdown menu!

If you're using GNU/Linux, your best bet would probably be:

Now that you've remapped that key to something else, you have no excuse to "accidentally use it" anymore!

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