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Keyboard - turning off "Insert" and "Caps Lock" keys.

Posted on 2004-04-29
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While using my laptop, I frequently hit the 'Caps Lock' or 'Insert" keys by mistake and continue typing, with the result that I have to retype.

Is there any way to deactivate these keys if I don't want them to work?

Thanks.
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by:sirbounty
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You could try remapping those keys.
But it might be just as easy to pop off the top of the keys - take a small flat head screwdriver and lift the cover off the key.  Caps lock may have a metal stem that has to be reinserted properly for it to work again (but it may not - or it may be plastic).  

If you prefer the remap attempt, be prepared....here's some suggestions, with some potential tools to help you:
http://ask-leo.com/archives/000039.html
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by:484572
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I am looking for a way to do this without having to go into my registry or install new software ... is there no OS setting (in WinXP Home) that will allow me to do this?

This is for a Sony Vaio (laptop), BTW, though I would like to know how to do this on other computers as well.
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It's based upon your keyboard drivers...most won't have this capability without a third party utility and XP doesn't natively support it either...
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by:daleoran
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Not sure about the turning off of the keys but here's a little pointer if your using MS Word.

If you have hit the Caps Lock key and have typed away, highlight the text that u have typed in caps and go to
Format > change case
then select - lower case
Click OK

Not a hardware solution but I hope it helps :)

Michael

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by:sirbounty
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Thanx for the grade - sorry it was a "no can do" answer... :(
Good luck!
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by:484572
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Yeah, well ... as long as I know there is no other way I guess I can live with myself.

Again, thanks for the help!
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