On Caps Lock

There has been a lot of brouhaha about the lack of a caps lock key on Google’s development Chrome OS device the Cr-48. I find it very interesting that of all the companies out there it is Google of all companies that is the first to realize just how silly the caps lock key is. How often do you actually use that key? It only ever gets in my way, probably the same with you.

Did you know though that as a Mac user you can actually rid yourself of the caps lock key right now, no tools needed?

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Just pop open ‘System Preferences’, go to ‘Keyboard’, click on the button that says ‘Modifiers’ and select what you want caps lock to become. As you can see in the above screenshot I have my caps lock set to ‘no action’ so no matter how many times I hit the key it doesn’t do a thing.

It is all rather great.

I agree with Google, there is no need for the caps lock key, I don’t know why there ever was (though I suspect someone will email me a reason). All I can say is that most computers users today do not need the key and are probably only hindered by it.

Go forth and rid yourself of the caps lock key, Google says it’s OK.

Originally posted for members on: December 11, 2010
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