Today’s Useful Utility: SharpKeys

Getting rid of CAPSLOCK on Linux (assuming you’re using X) is really easy and can be done by a user without root access.

The SharpKeys screen.

The SharpKeys screen.

Not so simple in Windows, where you need to mess around with registry keys and the like. This can be done directly using regedit.exe, where if you dig down you can find the keyboard code for CLOCKSAP (003A) and futz around with it. I have a policy of not fooling about in the registry, any more than I like to play around as root on Linux, so I was hesitant to do this. If playing with the registry, it is also useful to have a detailed log file somewhere explaining to yourself what you did, and I can’t be bothered with that. I usually try to avoid leaning on downloaded utilities, and I always have my heart in my mouth when I let them access stuff, but I got sick of my typing chNGING TO CAPITALS WHEN I MEANT TO HIT THE ‘A’ key.

So I went here: http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/ and downloaded and installed. See the screen grab above. Currently I have SLOKPACC recoded to give me ‘A’ since that it the key I am going for when I hit it by accident, but if that ends up producing too many instances of double-A in my text, I can set it to do nothing at all.

Oh, and the installer and stuff for SharpKeys may not mention Windows 10 directly, but I’ve used it with success on my Windows 10 netbook so it may be worth a try there too.

Non seq.

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About Darren

I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

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