iPad Caps Lock Key Symbol Crossed Out

Let’s face it: Caps Lock can be annoying. Very few people use the feature, but it’s easy to hit by accident, and SUDDENLY YOU START TYPING LIKE THIS. Luckily, the Caps Lock key is easy to disable on both the iPad’s soft keyboard and an attached hardware keyboard. Here’s how.

How to Disable Caps Lock on iPad’s On-Screen Keyboard

On the iPad on-screen keyboard, you can turn on Caps Lock by quickly double-tapping the shift key. You’ll know it’s activated because the key’s icon will change to an upward-pointing arrow with a horizontal line beneath it.

Caps Lock enabled on iPad on-screen keyboard.

To disable this, open Settings. Tap “General,” then “Keyboard.”

Tap General and Keyboard in iPad Settings.

In Keyboard settings, locate the “All Keyboards” section and tap the switch beside the “Enable Caps Lock” option to turn it off.

Tap the "Enable Caps Lock" switch in iPad Settings.

Tap “General” to go back, then exit Settings. (Sometimes, you need to give the system a minute to register this change before Caps Lock is disabled.) After that, you won’t be able to activate Caps Lock by double tapping Shift anymore.

How to Disable Caps Lock on an iPad Hardware Keyboard

If you want to disable the Caps Lock key on an attached hardware keyboard, we can use a handy feature that lets you remap your hardware keyboard’s modifier keys. Here’s how.

First, open Settings. Tap “General” then “Keyboard.” In the Keyboards settings, tap “Hardware Keyboard.”

Tap "Hardware Keyboard" in iPad Keyboard Settings.

In “Hardware Keyboard” options, tap “Modifier Keys.”

Tap "Modifier Keys" in iPad Keyboard Settings.

In “Modifier Keys,” tap “Caps Lock Key” and select “No Action” from the list.

Tap "No Action" when defining Caps Lock function in iPad Settings.

After that, go back one screen, then exit Settings. Caps Lock will now be disabled on your hardware keyboard. Finally—NO MORE SHOUTING. (Whoops.)

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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