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How to Disable Caps Lock on Mac OS X

Unless you’re working in the accounting department, you really don’t need the Caps Lock key—and let’s face it: you’re probably not going to be using a Mac if you do work in accounting. Here’s how to disable the Caps Lock key, or remap it to something else.

If you’re using Windows instead, you can follow our guide on how to disable Caps Lock in Windows using a registry hack, or you can map any key to any key if you really want to.

Image by Laurence Vagner

Disabling Caps Lock on OS X

Start off by heading into System Preferences, and then click on the Keyboard icon in the list.

Once you’re in the Keyboard panel, head down to the Modifier keys button at the bottom of the window.

And now you can either change the Caps Lock key to “No Action”, or you can remap it to be a Command, Option, or Control key instead.

That’s all there is to it. Much simpler than disabling it on Windows.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/17/10

Comments (9)

  1. immortalgeek

    How do you disable this on windows?

  2. Hatryst

    Glad you got a Mac. Now HTG has Mac goodness as well :)

  3. Hatryst

    @immortalgeek: Read the article from start till the end, and you’ll get your answer…

  4. The Geek

    Yes, unfortunately disabling Caps Lock on Windows does involve reading.

  5. Mohan

    A little nod to ChromeOS I see. :)

  6. The Geek

    @Mohan

    Yeah, I basically use my MacBook Air only for Google Chrome anyway, so it’s like having a ChromeOS notebook. Except with much nicer hardware.

  7. Immanuel

    but why you need to turn off cap lock button, I use it very often.

  8. me

    this is stupid… if you don’t use it, it’s because you never learned to type..

  9. CmHall9

    I love it. A How To Picture Blog.

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