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Is Caps Lock Dead?

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the remapping-is-the-answer dept.

Hardware 1206

An anonymous reader asks "Recently I have noticed that I haven't used caps lock other for any purpose other than hitting it by accident. Once upon a time, COBOL was written in all caps, and other languages like BASIC and Fortran were not case sensitive. Capitals were the way to go for writing code. Does the caps lock key serve any purpose any more, and if not, should it be removed, moved, or replaced?"

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No! I use CapsLock as my "ESC" key (5, Informative)

ClarkEvans (102211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346847)

especially useful in VIM.

Re:No! I use CapsLock as my "ESC" key (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346898)

I find a drop of superglue under the key ensures its continued usefulness.

Re:No! I use CapsLock as my "ESC" key (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346925)

ctrl x is fine too

Well my roomate has this... (5, Interesting)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346849)

escape and caps lock key switch.
http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~beyert/articles/es cclock.ht m

-Grump
bet you tim!

Re:Well my roomate has this... (1)

Aeonsfx (675982) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346869)

Grump, taking credit for my patch, huh? I wonder if my page is going to survive a slashdotting... Maybe?

Re:Well my roomate has this... (0)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346885)

don't mean to gloat tim...but its a first post too!
oh yea!
clickable url [ucr.edu]
-Grump

Swap caps lock and control (5, Insightful)

ultrabot (200914) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346980)

More useful than switching with escape is switching caps lock with Control.

You should have:

Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"

In the InputDevice section for your keyboard (in XF86Config, of course).

Voila'! Ctrl assumes its rightful place on the keyboard. Ergonomic implications are massive.

Equivalent hack is available for NT too. It's done via registry, but I can't be bothered to google for it right now.

Still use it sometimes.. (2, Interesting)

angst7 (62954) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346850)

Mostly for entering product keys.

thwart (1, Funny)

radoni (267396) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346861)

piracy

eliminate capslock key

Yes (5, Insightful)

linuxpoweredtrekkie (659492) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346857)

Caps Lock is EVIL!

I remapped my capslock into an extra control key months ago. I never type more than a couple of words in capitals, and can easily hold down the shift key.

Capslock is just a problem when you accidentally hit it when reading something you are keying in.

Re:Yes (5, Informative)

falzer (224563) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346972)

Here's how I made capslock an extra control in Windows 2000/XP.

Go to this path in the registry editor:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Keyboard Layout

In that registry path, add a new binary value, like so:
Name: Scancode Map
Type: REG_BINARY
Data:
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
02 00 00 00 1D 00 3A 00
00 00 00 00


This required a reboot to take effect (for me, anyway).

It should be replaced... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346859)

...with another Windows key.

OF COURSE IT SERVES A PURPOSE (4, Funny)

blue_adept (40915) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346862)

how else are you supposed to shout?

Re:OF COURSE IT SERVES A PURPOSE (5, Funny)

abhisarda (638576) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346959)

yeah, how else will those nigerian spammers get their message across that they have FORTY MILLION DOLLARS(40,000,000 $) AND ARE WILLING TO GIVE YOU A SHARE OF IT IF YOU ARE A NOOB.

Re:OF COURSE IT SERVES A PURPOSE (2, Insightful)

randyest (589159) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346967)

hold down shift?

EASY IQ DETECTION (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346864)

If caps lock were gone, how would morons get their misdirected points across?

Re:EASY IQ DETECTION (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346928)

If caps lock were gone, how would morons get their misdirected points across?

IT'S SPELLED MORANS, YOU DUMMY.

Some programming still requires.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346866)

all caps. Such as programming Galil motion controllers.

Yelling (-1, Redundant)

zackeller (653801) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346867)

If the caps lock dies, HOW CAN I YELL?

Yes. (4, Informative)

HenryKoren (735064) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346868)

Naming convention in C++: Constants in ALL CAPS

Re:Yes. (4, Funny)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346932)

And do you give your constants names so long that you really need to use your caps lock key instead of just using shift?

Not everyone is a programer (5, Insightful)

Dark Bard (627623) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346872)

Writers and layout people use cap lock all the time. Most will use it from time to time in standard word processing. Computers aren't just for programers. Some of us use the software they write.

Re:Not everyone is a programer (5, Interesting)

Slayk (691976) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346915)

Legal docs have quite a few all-caps sections, I believe.

That's about all I notice when I skim over a license agreement, anyway.

Re:Not everyone is a programer (1)

gnu-generation-one (717590) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346987)

"Writers and layout people use cap lock all the time."

Well they can have mine; it's been forcibly removed from the keyboard...

Valuable tool here (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346873)

I use Caps Lock on Slashdot all the time when I am yelling. 8D

Computer freeze check (5, Insightful)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346874)

I use Caps Lock to check if Windows has completely frozen up. If the light on my keyboard doesn't come on, it's time to do a hard reset.

I agree 100% (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346875)

I do wish it was moved away from the 'a' key, I aCCIDENTLY hit that key when I am trying to hit the 'a' key.

Move it up to the top row, or over into that block of other keys I never use, insert, home, page up, page down, delete, end and Page down.

We should keep capslock (5, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346876)

else it would be *very* discriminating against all those AOL'ers.

is gnu online dating dead? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346877)

from a post meant to be titled:

unprecedented evile nearly disempowered, forever?
(score: mynuts won:-) PostBlock material reposted)

by a disorganized rag-tag team of a few billion near nobodys, using what was available to them, which was almost nothing?

& just who are some of unprecedented evile's local representative(s)?:

The contract was awarded to Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting, over two competing contractors, Lockheed Martin and Computer Sciences (a veritas (cess)pool of evile stock markp FraUDsters). Several industry executives and analysts said that the award surprised them and that Accenture had widely been considered the outside candidate.

The award also brought controversy. Accenture is incorporated in Bermuda, and some critics attacked the idea of awarding a contract so valuable and important to national security to a company with its headquarters outside the United States.

After Accenture was named, Representative Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat, suggested the company took advantage of an uneven playing field to win the contract over Lockheed Martin and Computer Sciences.

"If companies truly want to contribute to our nation's security, they can pay their fair share of taxes. If they want a slice of the American pie, they had better help bake it," he said in a statement.

A spokesman for Accenture said that the company paid United States taxes.

Representative Richard E. Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, also questioned the award.

"This decision is outrageous," he said, in a statement. "The Bush administration has awarded the largest homeland security contract in history to a company that has given up its U.S. citizenship and moved to Bermuda. The inconsistency is breathtaking."

the stock markup FraUD/softwar gangster payper liesense hostage grab 'business plan' is looking a little hapless now?

fauxking billyonerrors. sheesh.

lookout bullow. tell 'em robbIE?

all is not lost.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators.... the returns are immeasurable/infinite.

see you there?

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OMG! (4, Funny)

Ikari Gendou (93109) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346878)

oF COURSE cAPSlOCK IS STILL USEFUL! iMAGINE ALL THE USERS OF THE WORLD NOT ABLE TO SEND LONG SHOUTING EMAILS IF cAPSlOCK WAS REMOVED! wHAT WOULD THEY DO THEN?! sTaRt UsInG aLt-ShIfT? tHE HORROR!

Re:OMG! (1)

timothv (730957) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346995)

Using shift would avoid that problem you have where you instinctively press shift on some words causing those letters to become lowercase when caps lock is on.

Naming Conventions (1)

tunabomber (259585) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346879)

I occasionally use it in java to type in public constant variable identifiers, which are in all caps by convention. Words in all caps are still common in some languages, like DTD.

It's useful. (1)

Rhesus Piece (764852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346881)

For me, it's closer, more convenient ctrl. Try it, just uncommment a line in your X server setup, iirc.

For checking if system is dead (3, Informative)

ivansanchez (565775) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346883)

Well, as I am using a mixture of Debian/Sid/Experimental and lots of unstable (and non-official) packages, my system freezes once in a while. However, pressing Caps Lock helps me check if the keyboard driver is still live (so that I can use the MagicSysRq Keys) or I must reboot by hand. Could use NumLock for that matter, but CapsLock is usually nearest to one of my hands. The truly useless key is ScrollLock, BTW...

Re:For checking if system is dead (1)

jchawk (127686) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346970)

Scroll locks uselessness is actually useful if you have a KVM switch and have to toggle back and forth between multiple computers. Most vendors of KVM switches prefer to use the scroll lock key because almost nothing (that I can think of) depends on it.

Re:For checking if system is dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346983)

I disagree. In FreeBSD, you can freeze the terminal window by pressing Scroll Lock, and while it is freezed, the scrollback buffer can be read by using Page Up/Down keys.

Or was it arrow keys.. Dunno, it's kind of a reflex..

Of course it does! (1)

Karpe (1147) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346887)

What would you use when you have to SHOUT AT SOMEONE!?!?!

What a silly question (5, Insightful)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346888)

Of course caps lock is necessary. It's necessary for whenever you want to type in all-caps without holding shift the whole time. I can think of dozens of examples of this. Hell, where I work, the blank fields on our contracts must be typed in all caps. I wrote a screenplay once, and you need caps all over the place. When I'm coding, I write some macro names in all-caps.

No, the caps lock shouldn't be removed or replaced. It's handy to have a key that allows you to toggle lower to upper caps so you don't have to hold shift.

Pointless Ask Slashdot question!

Used it in the past five minutes. (1)

PktLoss (647983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346889)

I actually just used it to enter in a sample key sequence for someone writing a script.

All in all, I don't use it that often, but I think there are less usefull keys on the keyboard if we want to start cutting them out.

Re:Used it in the past five minutes. (1)

randyest (589159) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346994)

All in all, I don't use it that often, but I think there are less usefull keys on the keyboard if we want to start cutting them out.

Such as? I'm not trolling or trying to flamebait -- just wondering which keys you think are less useful. CAPS LOCK is at the bottom of my list.

i think... (1)

moondo (177508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346890)

it's there to get annoyed at when you hit it by mistake and to play with when you wanna turn on the LED in your keyboard.

come on, don't tell me you never tried pressing caps lock, num lock, and scroll lock in an interesting sequence to see those fuckers light up... umm, yeah, and that's what it's for.

PL3453 N0!!!11 (1)

Alaren (682568) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346892)

1F YOU T4KE 4W4Y THE C4PS KEY, HOW W1LL SCR1PT K1DD135 BE ANN0Y1NG 1N CH4TR00M5!!??

Re:PL3453 N0!!!11 (1)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346966)

Trust me, the script kiddies would be just as annoying if they used proper capitalization.

Now now young man (5, Funny)

kunudo (773239) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346893)

Keep it as a tribute to the coders of old. It's like having a museum in your keyboard. You can even play with the exibit.

It's useful for lamers in chat rooms... (1)

spudthepotatofreak (649917) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346894)

Well, we know there's no use for it on /. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

remove it (1)

benjonson (204985) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346895)

I can't speak for coders, but as a technical writer I hate the thing. I pop the key off on my keyboards so I don't keep hitting the thing. Who uses it?

for actually using a computer (writing documents?) (1, Funny)

atarione (601740) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346897)

Notice the capital "N" at the start of this sentence. When actually writing something, the caps lock key is quite useful indeed. Most people (maybe not on slashdot) but in the real world most people use their computers for writing documents and whatnot and Caps Lock is indeed most usefull for these things.

Re:for actually using a computer (writing document (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346958)

You used the capslock key to make that uppercase N? I'm sorry, we'll have to revoke your Slashdot account.

Re:for actually using a computer (writing document (4, Funny)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346968)

Are you trying to say that you hit the caps key twice for every capital letter you need to type that's not in a big row of them? You really hit the caps key at the start of every sentence?

Yeesh, mate. Shift. SHIFT.

Are you retarded? (1)

JNighthawk (769575) | more than 10 years ago | (#9347004)

Shift key.

Actually (1)

Malach (25852) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346899)

It's damned convenient... just map it to something useful.

Under enlightenment, (for me) the capslock key maximises the current window vertically - shift capslock maximises it completely.

Very handy.

Necessary with pcAnywhere ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346901)

when someone leaves the Caps Lock on the pc you're dialing into, then the only way to cancel it out is enabling your own Caps Lock

Move the key (2, Insightful)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346902)

Just move the caps-lock key to the scroll lock button ;). Anyone ever uses -that- button anymore nowadays ?

No way, (1)

incal (728144) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346903)

How else these people shouty people on chats could write? No chat between normals will be complete WITHOUT THESE AGE SEX LOCATION questions.

Don't be so elite. John and Mary Smiths need their CAPS LOCKS.

SQL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346904)

I WRITE ALL MY SQL STATEMENTS IN CAPS (I DON"T KNOW IF IT MATTERS), BUT I THINK IT LOOKS BETTER THAT WAY!

SELECT * FROM DORK
WHERE DORK = HOTCHICKS!

(agh! the lameness filter is saying i can't post this because of all the caps!)

not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps
not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps
not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps
not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps
not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps, not caps

IT HAS IT'S USES (2, Funny)

mizhi (186984) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346905)

FOR IMPERSONATING PHBS IN EMAILS.

And for getting denied a posting on slashdot.

Re:IT HAS *ITS* USES (1)

mizhi (186984) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346931)

*grumble*

Damn me for not using the preview button. :-/

Yes, it is (3, Insightful)

Ice_Balrog (612682) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346907)

Yes, Caps Lock is useless and annoying. Infact, I find it so annoying when I accidentally hit my Caps Lock that I added this to my xorg.conf (XF86Config for those still using XFree86):
Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
There are quite a few other things you can do with your Caps Lock key in Xorg/XF86, just Google for them.

Caps Lock? Who cares about Caps Lock? (5, Interesting)

sycomonkey (666153) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346909)

They still haven't even bothered to get rid of the Scroll Lock button yet... What makes you think Caps Lock is going away any time soon?

how about 1337 caps? (1)

edson at lies.cl (652479) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346913)

** pressing 1337 caps ** d0 y0u u|\|d3rt4nd wh4t 4m s4y1|\|g? ** pressing 1337 caps again ** very useful for irc chat, h4x0ring and get chicks

Changed since 2000? (1)

verbal (24849) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346914)

In 2000 [slashdot.org] we decided it should stay...

Re:Changed since 2000? (2, Informative)

verbal (24849) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346943)

Or actually, just that it should not be another enter key... sorry

Re:Changed since 2000? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346963)

That was pre-9/11. In the post 9/11 world, CAPS LOCK is a tool of terrorism and must be abolished.

I dont understand (1)

prostoalex (308614) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346916)


How will you type your e-mail then?

I thought AOL required this format.

I don't like Caps Lock (1)

Alternate Interior (725192) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346919)

Like the submitter, I never use Caps Lock. Found a program to disable it. Toggler [execulink.com] . I'm not the author, but I was a user whilest I ran a Windows box.

Map it to another key or key combination. (1)

yo5oy (549821) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346923)

I map mine to control.

Cool Noises (1)

DeeRuss (744385) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346924)

What you may not know is that the real purpose of the CAPS lock key (on Windows systems) is to make noises each time you press it. It is configurable through the accesibility options and at the very least the PC speaker will tell if you accidentally press it.

No way.. I'll sue you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346926)

Hey I am the guy who writes and maintains the no warranty section in about 3 dozen EULAs. Caps lock is a god given gift and if you take it away you will lose no warranty as I won't be able to type it properly anymore.

And I can't type this in caps due to slashdot's lame filter.

For AOL Newbies (1)

mbadolato (105588) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346927)

It's so AOL Newbies can write out their email.

Bad Habit (1)

RCAMVideogames (653705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346934)

Not only do I use the caps key to check if Windows has become frozen but I have a horrid habit of using the Caps Lock key instead of shift.

I remove all mine . . . (1)

randyest (589159) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346935)

. . . especially on Sun keyboards, where my pinky hits them without me realizing it. I just pull off they key caps and cover the area with a little post-it that says "sanitized for your protection."

People at work think I'm weird, but no one who has had to use a keyboard after me has ever complained about the lack of that dreadful key.

Nigerian businessmen! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346936)

IF YOU GET RID OF CAPS LOCK I CANT REQUEST YOUR KIND HELP TO SEND $100,000,000 (ONE-HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS) FROM THE LATE COLONEL MUSHA. WHO DIED AT THE WEEKEND IN A TERRIBLE TRADEGEY.

PLEASE, THINK OF THE CAPS LOCK
GOD BLESS.

blehblehblehbleh slashdot is moaning about yellllllllllllllllllling blah blah stupid thing.

Still Useful, But Annoying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346938)

The company i work for, a chain of car dealerships, still uses an app (Eralink32 from Reynolds and Reynolds, Inc.) that REQUIRES users to be in capslock mode when using the computer. I always end up forgetting to turn it off when working to fix a user's machine. Annoying as all hell.

GG GUYS (1)

SsShane (754647) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346939)

I THINK IT SHOULD BE MOVED oops, sorry bout caps...was playing some Quake

WAHT TEH HELL R J00 TOKKING ABOUT@Q!? (1)

Anhaedra (760705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346940)

CAPS LOK IS NAWT TEH DED

Replace it with a key labelled [help] (4, Insightful)

mikael (484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346941)

I am still amazed that after 20 years of the desktop PC, we still have to press the key labelled [F1] to get any type of GUI help, rather than having a key labelled [HELP], although Microsoft did find a way of squeezing in a key with the Windows logo.

How do I map CAPS to ESC on a Mac? (1)

ClarkEvans (102211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346944)

In particular, on an PowerBook?

We still use it :) (2, Interesting)

Ragnarr (555058) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346945)

In the military it is still a popular key. It seems that whenever you're typing official documents (such as order requests, or log books), people like it in black and white. I find myself using it more often than not during the duty day!

Off-topic request (0, Offtopic)

Beek (10414) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346947)

Can anyone find that Slashdot story where someone found those prepared CNN death stories for a bunch public figures? I remember Ronald Reagan was one of them.

Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9346951)

News for nerds, Stuff that matters?

Which one is this?

we do all purchase orders in caps (1)

mobiux (118006) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346953)

This is to avoid confusion in part numbers, between 1 - l - L - i - I, etc

CAPS AT WORK (1)

Tkaos (112433) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346955)

I am required to type all comments in caps, as we routinely cut and paste documentation. Its essential to my job function. I would HATE to have to hold the SHIFT KEY DOWN THE WHOLE TIME (whew! that was tough)

Damn lamness filter (1)

libra-dragon (701553) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346956)

.

WHAT'S THE CAPS LOCK KEY?

Ahhh, the arrogance of /. (1)

sixpaw (648825) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346957)

'Gee, *I* never touch this any more. That must make it useless!' Seriously, I know weekends are slow, but come on -- how did this ever make the main page? What's next, discussions about indentation styles?

one step ahead... (1)

complex (18458) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346961)

my keyboard doesn't have a caps lock key... happy hacker keyboard [yahoo.com]

USN (5, Informative)

mysterious_mark (577643) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346962)

Actually, in the US Navy and other branches of the service radio messages all always in all caps. These were a pretty routine part of life on ship (for Officers / admin personnel etc) We would compose the messages on a PC w/ word processor, print hard copy, then have approved by CoC. Radio men would send them out encrpyed, hard copies were always kept for paper trail. A ship my send dozens or even hundreds of these a week, so the're quite common. There are a few who may need cap locks who aren't programmers. M

I just use the shift key (1)

zraider (759486) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346964)

For me, using the shift key is faster than using the Caps Lock key. I've even seen some people use the Caps Lock key to capitalize letters at the beginning of sentences, people's names, etc... Drives me nuts.

Remove they key. (1)

Hatechall (541378) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346965)

If if is a pain, as I found, I just remove they key from my keyboard. I also did this with my scroll and insert (two keys I had problems with in the past). However I do not believe that the CAPS LOCK key has outlived its usefullness, and a keyboard without it would be premature. I know that some gamers and coders use it for shortcuts. And without the CAPS LOCK key many blog hosts will be out of business. Please think of our economy.

Hey what about the (1)

geeber (520231) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346969)

$ key. Recently I have noticed that I haven't used the $ key for any purpose other than hitting it by accident. Once upon a time, I used "print $" in Basic, but since I have been outsourced I don't program and have no money. Shouldn't it be replaced?

Still Useful (2, Informative)

Detritus (11846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346974)

It's still useful for situations when you need to type something in all-caps with one hand. Take your mind out of the gutter.

I'm not a touch typist, and I often just use my right hand to type, leaving the other hand free for holding books, documentation, operating equipment, etc. Caps lock is useful when I have to type in hexadecimal constants, or source code that is all in upper-case (FORTRAN, Assembler).

console keys, (1)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346976)

I have these strange keys on both sides of the arrow up key, on my IBM keyboard. never done anything in Windows, but under Linux they switch between the virtual tty's on the console.
Odd.

Why Not (1)

FalloutJoe (704517) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346977)

Replace it with a quick google key. Now there would be a key that would find itself being used more then caplock

For a coder - for a secretary. (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346984)

For a coder it's pretty much useless. True you can write #define in caps, but that's about it.
But I watch people writing documents, papers, such stuff and now and then caps lock comes in handy when you need i.e. to write the institution name in all caps, put some extra notice or just change font to 72px and write a short anouncement like "NO SMOKING" or "WASH GLASS AFTER USE".

no, no!! (2, Informative)

big tex (15917) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346992)

I use caps lock all the time at work.

I make lots of calculation sheets in excel - text in caps is consistent, easy to read at small print when you shrink big sheets down to size.

Also, in CAD caps is used pretty much exclusively. Once again, consistently and readability at small sizes.

uControl nixes Caps Lock on Mac OS X (3, Informative)

Limited Vision (234684) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346993)

uControl [gnufoo.org] is a nice little Mac OS X hack that disables/remaps Caps Lock and other modifier keys on PowerBooks.

I also used it to remap the "Enter" key to the right of the spacebar on my 15" TiBook to "Command" -- I have no clue why Apple thought that was a good idea, but uControl saved the day.

It's very well designed -- if it thinks there's going to be a conflict when booting into an upgraded OS it will disable itself (vs. barfing and causing a system panic...)

OMG WTF STFU RTFM LOL!!!!!!111!!!!1!!1!! (1)

VisorGuy (548245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346996)

That about sums it up...
Caps lock is virtually useless.

Not that necessary (1)

challahc (745267) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346998)

I think it could easily be replaced with a two key combo. Maybe hold both shifts to toggle it.

I use it sometimes to see if my windows machine is dead or if it's just really slow. Usually if the Caps Lock light doesn't toggle on/off it's time for a hard reset. Of course there is allways num-lock for that.

I think the least useful lock is the scroll lock.

I LOVE MY CAPS LOCK (1)

caffeinefiend (681092) | more than 10 years ago | (#9346999)

There is no reason to remove the Caps Lock key, I for one love it. How else is one to effectively flame someone?? I think we can all agree "YOU ARE AN IDIOT" is much more compelling than "you are an idiot"!

What writers? (1)

patniemeyer (444913) | more than 10 years ago | (#9347002)


As both a developer and a writer I have to say that I don't think I've ever used the caps lock in my life... And it frustrates me to no end that I cannot reliably map it to control on all platforms because of the damned stickiness.

Pat Niemeyer
Author of Learning Java, Exploring java, O'Reilly & Associates.

A easy fix... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9347003)

Just pop the key off and cut the snub

OH YEA, MAKE SURE ITS OFF FIRST...
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