The following three paragraphs are an angry
Caps Lock rant. Feel free to skip
past it or join me by commenting below.
I’ve had it with
Caps Lock! How many times did I accidentally press it while
A key! How many times did I mean
Shift! There is an
obvious problem with the
Caps Lock placement, and there being only a
millimeter of space to designate it from an adjacent key, it is quite difficult
to notice when you accidentally press it.
Caps Lock is more tolerable when typing, but while using keyboard
controlled software it’s a real pain;
vim turns into a beeping ravaging
vimperator messes up all your bookmarks… Same thing with
websites supporting keyboard shortcuts.
When was the last time I ever used
Caps Lock? Over ten years ago, when I was
playing a video game that used
Caps Lock to switch between running and
walking. Em… Seriously? Time to put an end this nonsense.
Linux and Mac
Drop this into your
~/bin/capslockremap, and don’t forget to
~/bin/capslockremap. Now run the script with root privileges (that’ll last you
until the next restart).
#!/bin/sh # This temporarily remaps the Caps Lock key to a Control key. # The keyboard will return to the previous settings after a # reboot. The Linux console and the X Window system each # handles keypresses separately, so each must be remapped # separately. First remap the X keyboard since this does not # require root access. # Remap the Caps Lock key to a Control key for # the X Window system. if type setxkbmap >/dev/null 2>&1; then fi # You have to be root to remap the console keyboard. if [ "$(id -u)" != "0" ]; then echo "This script is not running as root so" echo "the console Caps Lock cannot be remapped." echo "Perhaps you forgot to run this under sudo." echo "Note that this problem does not effect X." echo "This only effects the consoles running on" echo "Alt-f1 through Alt-f6." exit 2 fi # Remap the CapsLock key to a Control key for the console. (dumpkeys | grep keymaps; echo "keycode 58 = Control") | loadkeys
Download Sysinternals Ctrl2Cap v2.0, run it as Administrator with
Source CapsLock Remap Howto - Noah.org.