One key that always gets in the way for me on any keyboard I use is the caps lock key. On Windows 7 I use a third party application to disable the caps lock key as noted in this article. On Mac OSX the functionality to disable the caps lock key is built in so it doesn’t require any third party software. Use the information below to disable the caps lock key on your Macbook laptop or other computers running OSX. I believe the functionality to disable the caps lock key was added in OSX 10.4 and I can confirm that it is still available in OSX Lion or OSX 10.7.1.
Disable Caps Lock Key On Mac OSX Keyboard:
- Launch System Preferences: Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the OSX taskbar and select System Preferences from the drop down menu to launch OSX System Preferences as shown in the below example image.
- Keyboard Preferences: Now click the Keyboard icon located underneath the Hardware sub section in System Preferences to display the Keyboard configuration window as shown in the below example image.
- Modifier Keys: Next click the Modifier Keys button located at the bottom right side of the Keyboard Preferences window. Once you click Modifier Keys a smaller configuration window will open inside of the Keyboard Preferences window as shown in the below example image.
- Change Caps Lock Key Function: As you can see in the above example image the Caps Lock Key is the top choice out of four possible modifier keys you can make changes too. Click the drop down next to Caps Lock Key as shown in the below example image and select No Action to disable the caps lock key on your Mac computer.
Once you have selected No Action click the OK button to save the changes. You can also now close the Keyboard and/or System Preferences window.
The caps lock key on your Mac or in my case Macbook Pro running OSX should now be disabled. For me this is a huge benefit since I seem to hit the caps lock key any time I am clicking buttons near the left side of the keyboard!