Posted on 9th January 2017 at 00:22
Hi everybody and welcome to this week's blog!
I used to get annoyed when I left the Caps Lock on until I found a Windows setting that uses the SHIFT key to shut it off. With this neat setting, if for some reason you do leave the Caps Lock on then your natural typing will cause it to be turned off.
Another Windows setting tip included this week is how to get the CONTROL key to reveal the location of the mouse pointer. Before adopting this, sometimes I couldn't see where mouse was for the life of me!
Both of these neat ideas start from the Control Panel, so if you're not sure how to get to there:
In Windows 10, right click the Start Button or use the Windows key + X shortcut, then click Control Panel ...
In Windows 8, right click the Start Button or press Windows key + X, then click Control Panel ...
In Windows 7, click the Start button, and then click Control Panel ...
Using the SHIFT key to release the CAPS LOCK
I’ve used this for a few years now and originally it was straight forward to get to the place to make the setting change.
Since then Microsoft have made the process prpgressively more tedious. Weird in Windows7 but even more so in Windows8 and Windows10.
As it is a KEYBOARD setting, you'd think it would be under Keyboard in Control Panel?
WRONG!! It is now a Control Panel, LANGUAGE option. Duh!?!
Anyway, to change the default "Press the CAPS LOCK key" to release caps lock to “Press the SHIFT key” do this:
Go to Control Panel and click the Language option.
Click the Advanced settings link in the LH side list
Under Switching Input Methods, find and click the blue Change language bar hot keys link
A pop up dialog opens
Click the tab Advanced Key Settings
Here the first setting is “To turn off Caps lock”
Change the default from "Press the CAPS LOCK key" to “Press the SHIFT key”
Click OK to finish
Using the CTRL key to locate the Mouse Pointer
Go to Control Panel and click the Mouse option.
Click the Pointer Options tab at the top of the dialog box
The last feature on this tab is the Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key tick box
Tick this then click OK to finish
Well, that’s it for now. Why don't you write to tell me some of your favourite tricks similar to these that you like to use.
Text me on 07973 507371 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
See you next time
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