How to disable the "Caps Lock is on Balloon"

Posted on 2007-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Is there a way to disable the "Caps Lock is on Balloon" through Group Policy?...or any other way for that matter. I'd like to disable this on a Windows 2003 Server running terminal services.
Question by:sheila54603
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    Expert Comment

    None that I know of off the top of my head, I'm more interested in knowing why you want to if you wouldn't mind explaining ...
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    hmm i remember there is a whole load of little reg hacks to do this in xp but for the life of me i cant remember if it did it with caps lock....and i am dubious as its kind of crucial :)
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    Accepted Solution

    This is done to disable Balloon Tips but it should work for the caps lock as well.

    Open your registry using regedit and go to:
    Create a new DWORD value (or modify the value, if it exists) called EnableBalloonTips and set the value to 0. Exit regedit, and restart or log out for the changes to take effect.
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    Assisted Solution

    If you want to add the registry fix suggested by bluetab to a group policy you could use free tool from

    Author Comment

    Thank you for all the feedback. I'm holding off on the reg fix to see if my phone rings off the hook as I expect. We are going live today on a new terminal server hosting our ERP. I anticipate the balloon being a problem for our barcode scanning application on the shop floor, which needs the caps lock "on". Because of this, the balloon is popping up at every scan. Though it's not causing any huge problem, it covers up part of the window for the next barcode scan.
    I'll be back in touch mid-week.
    Thanks again!

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