Caps Lock is a special key on your keyboard that makes all letters you type capitalized without the requirement to hold the SHIFT key. It is a leftover from typewriters, and is not actually required these days. If you are fed up with accidentally making your text capitalized thanks to the Caps Lock key, it is possible to disable it with a Registry tweak.
When the Caps Lock key is disabled, you will be able to enter capitalized letters by holding the SHIFT key on the keyboard.
Windows doesn’t include any option to disable or enable certain keyboard keys. However, it supports key remaping with a Registry tweak. So, if you remap the Caps Lock key to some missing key, it won't work and become disabled. Let's see how it can be done.
You must be signed in with an administrative account to continue. The change will affect all users of your operating system.
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
- On the right, create or modify the Binary value Scancode Map. Set it to the following value to disable the Caps Lock key:
- Restart Windows 10.
To undo the tweak, delete the Scancode Map value you created above and restart your PC.
How it works
So, to disable the Caps Lock key, we need to set the Scancode Map parameter to the value
The 02 section indicates the length of the data to change. Literally it means the number of keys to remap + 1.
The value data 3a represents the Caps Lock key. The two pairs of zeroes (00,00) before it represent the key we are mapping the Caps Lock key to. In our case, we are just disabling the key.
To save your time, you can download the following Registry files.
The undo tweak is included.
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