Need caps lock indicator on my monitor due to wireless keyboard.

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I use a wireless keyboard. I need a utility that will constantly display the state of the caps lock key on my monitor . I already tried CapsLock Commander and it is buggy and will not work for me. Can anyone recommend a program that will accomplish this for me ?
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It's a bit more than you might want, but the free version seems to work okay for me and has what you want...



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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Tray Status works. I have it here.
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Works great! Thanks experts! I just wish that it would be a constant display of the caps lock status. Maybe that is an option. I have not had the time to fully investigate it. I would hate to toggle the caps lock key just to determine its state. If you do happen to know please advise me.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Thanks.  I think it does show cap locks status.  Go to Settings, and make sure "Show Caps Lock Settings" has been selected.

Make sure the status icon is not a hidden icon so that it is visible on the taskbar.
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Yes John, that was the situation. All is perfect now. An aside: I have never seen a product key that long before! 245 characters. Thanks for the further tip.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering Consultant
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Glad you got a good solution.


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You are very welcome and I was pleased to further assist you.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Need -a- Clue (a first name would be much better),

I realize that you already closed this question and have a solution with which you're happy, but I wanted to let you know anyway that your question piqued my interest and I wrote a custom program with a solution. If you are interested, I present the solution in this five-minute EE video Micro Tutorial:

On-Screen Display for CapsLock State (On or Off)

Regards, Joe
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WOW!!! Talk about going above and beyond! I almost wish that I had not fount the original solution. Thanks SO much for your interest in this question. Your solution is a super example of simplicity and usefulness. Everything a person with my need wants and no additional fluff to complicate matters. I think that there is/was a great need for such a utility that actually works. I had tried another program that offered color choices and icon preferences, but it did not exhibit rock solid dependability. It crashed often and disabled my keyboard's cap lock key occasionally. I will try your offering when I have the time to enjoy your labors. Thanks again! I appreciate your dedication.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Yes, you picked up exactly on what I was trying to achieve...develop an extremely simple solution that addresses your precise requirement...nothing more...nothing less.

I've been using the program heavily on both W7 and W10 since I wrote it. Although it has been just a couple of days, I do have confidence that it is rock solid, will not not crash, and will not disturb usage of the CapsLock key (or any other key). That said, if there are any problems, please let me know and I will be happy to address them. Regards, Joe
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering Consultant
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Here's another one I found that seems to work okay.  It's small, free, no install (just a standalone EXE) and focuses on the lock status.  Worth a look...



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Joe WinogradDeveloper
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> just a standalone EXE

Hi N-a-C,
Bill brings up a good point. If you want to install my CapsLockOSD program on a computer without AutoHotkey, simply compile it into a stand-alone EXE. My EE AutoHotkey article explains how to do that. The only addition that you would need is to put these commands at the end of the InitializeVars subroutine:

FileInstall,CapsLockON.ico,%TrayIconON%
FileInstall,CapsLockOFF.ico,%TrayIconOFF%

Those commands will install the icon files (that are on your computer) onto the computer that runs the compiled EXE. The latter does not need AutoHotkey installed and it does not need the ICO files per se...all it needs is the EXE file (hence, the term stand-alone). Regards, Joe

P.S. I compiled it here and tried to upload it for you, but, even though EE recently changed its upload policy, it still won't allow EXE files. I could change its extension to something else to upload it and have you change its extension back to EXE after you download it, but that would obviously violate the spirit of what EE is trying to achieve (blocking EXE files because they can be be dangerous), so I'm not going to do that. Anyway, I tested the compiled, stand-alone EXE and it worked perfectly.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi N-a-C,
I'm in total agreement with your comment about "simplicity" and "no additional fluff to complicate matters". That said, I felt strongly that the program could use two enhancements: (1) the ability to create a stand-alone executable (an EXE file), as discussed in my previous comment here and (2) an option to run automatically when Windows starts. The new five-minute EE video Micro Tutorial that shows the enhanced CapsLockOSD is here:

On-Screen Display for CapsLock State (On or Off) - Enhanced

I hope you like these enhancements and still feel that the program has "simplicity"...and that they are not "additional fluff". Regards, Joe

P.S. If you find the videos to be helpful, I'll appreciate your clicking the thumbs-up icon at both to endorse them.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi N-a-C,
I'm wondering if you've had a chance to view the new video and if you feel that the two enhancements still allow the program to qualify for your "simplicity" accolade. :) Regards, Joe

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