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Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Caps Lock Blues

Don't you hate it when you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key? What if you could set your computer up so it alerts you when you accidently turn Caps Lock on? With this tip, I'll show you how to make your computer beep & flash the next time it happens.

Let's get the computer to beep when you hit the Caps Lock key. Here's how:

  1. Click the Start button, or press your "Windows" key.
  2. Windows 95/98 users click on "Settings", or hit the letter "s" until you get to "settings" then press "enter". Click on "Control Panel", or hit "c" until you get to "Control Panel" and press "enter". (XP Users, hit the Start button, then click on "Control Panel" or hit "c" until you get to "Control Panel" and press "enter").
  3. Hit "a" until you get to "Accessibility Options", or click it with your mouse.

  4. Use control+tab to navigate to the "Keyboard" tab, or click it with your mouse.
  5. Tab through the options until you hear "Use Toggle Keys" and press "space" to check the box. Mouse users insure that this box is checked.

That's it for the beeping part. If you use a screen reader, you can tab to the "ok" button to exit this window. You'll also want to close the "Control Panel" screen as well. If you have some vision, you may wish to continue to have your screen flash when your Caps Lock key is pressed.

  1. From the Accessibility Options screen, click the Sound tab and check the "Use SoundSentry" checkbox.
  2. Next click the Settings button and select "Flash active window" from the "Warning for windowed programs" drop down box.

That's it. Hit OK until you're clear of property and settings screens.

Note to everyone. If you don't have an Accessibility Options icon in your Control Panel, you may not have it installed. To install, hit your Start button, Settings, Control Panel. Open the Add / Remove programs icon and click the Windows Setup tab. You'll be able to add components from there. Keep in mind you'll need your Windows CD!

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