How to Make your Caps Lock Key Do Something More Useful – Like Open a Google Search

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Apr 9th 2013 - by Fix My PC FREE in: Blog Tips | 0 Comment

How to Make your Caps Lock Key Do Something More Useful – Like Open a Google Search

The average internet user sees the caps lock key as a last resort. In the online world, turning on the caps lock key is equivalent to pulling out a gun when you’re having an argument with your friends – it’s big, unnecessary, and just generally a bad idea.

So why do you need the caps lock key at all? Why don’t you just hold down the shift key when you need to type loudly and instead turn the caps lock key into something more useful?

Today, we’ll show you how to do exactly that.

Step 1) Download a program called SharpKeys from here

Step 2) Install that program and run it

Step 3) From the main SharpKeys menu, click ‘Add’

Step 4) Now, you’ll see a list of all the keys currently available on your keyboard. You can click on the left side of the menu and then press the button that you want to change, then click on the right side of the menu to choose what you want that button to do. You can either click the key on your keyboard or choose it from the list. Choose the caps lock key from the left side menu and then choose a useless key (we recommend F10) from the right side menu.

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Step 5) Click OK. SharpKeys will add your key command to the registry, so it’s not going to disappear anytime soon unless you uninstall SharpKeys or edit it within the program.

Step 6) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Step 7) Create a new shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking and pressing New > Shortcut.

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Step 8) Type in the location of the shortcut as http://google.com

Step 9) Choose a name for your shortcut – you can name it whatever you want, since it has no effect on the key mapping process

Step 10) Once the shortcut has been created, right click on it again and go to the Properties menu. Type F10 into the Shortcut key box and then click Apply and OK to get the party started.

Step 11) Test out your new caps lock key by – you guessed it – pressing the caps lock key. If it opens a browser with Google, then you’ve done everything right. If it doesn’t, then reread these instructions and try again.

Congratulations! You’ve just made the internet a safer and more useful place.

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