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Caps Lock Indicator?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Gary Gary, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Gary Gary

    Gary Gary Flightless Bird

    Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.
     
  2. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    It is possible with any PC and OS providing you have Office installed.

    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    > Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in the
    > message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very few
    > innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible somehow with
    > XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish this? I don't know how
    > many hundreds of times I've been entering and re-entering passwords that come up
    > as a very informative **********. Of course the smart thing would be to have the
    > option to show the password instead of those stars since many of us are working
    > alone.
     
  3. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    > Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    > the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    > few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    > somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    > this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    > re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    > course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    > instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.


    Well, lets see: If you have a standard desktop computer the keyboard will
    have a Caps Lock light on it somewhere. Locate that and look at it before
    you start typing your passwords. Laptops also may have the same light.
    Every version of Windows from 2000 on (don't yet know about Win 7) have a
    feature that will sound a tone when the caps lock key is pressed (on) and a
    different tone when it is pressed (off) again. To activate on XP, Open
    Control Panel, Accessibility Options, Keyboard, Toggle Keys. Ensure that
    the PC beep is turned on and not muted in the sound system.
     
  4. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...

    > Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    > the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    > few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    > somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish


    We know MS coded this function because the Log On menu includes
    a CAPS LOCK detector.

    > this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    > re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of


    This is avoidable if we keep passwords in a separate file, and toggle to
    and from it, with key commands to Copy and Paste.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  5. Rhino

    Rhino Flightless Bird

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    > Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    > the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    > few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    > somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    > this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    > re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    > course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    > instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.


    I am using a Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 1.1 (to give you the
    complete model name from the bottom) and it pops up an advisory message
    whenever I toggle the Caps Lock key. Similar messages come up when I click
    on the Mute button, which is an extra button provided on this keyboard
    (along with buttons for My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Mail, Web/Home
    Messenger, and others.)

    Maybe a keyboard like this would help you?

    --
    Rhino
     
  6. FrankV

    FrankV Flightless Bird

    I use "capsunlock" from http://www.brainsystems.com/capsunlock. It uses the
    CapsLock the same as the shift. When you release the CapsLock key it is back
    to lower case. I've had it for years so if the address doesn't work do a
    search for "CapsUnlock".

    Frank

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    > Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    > the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    > few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    > somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    > this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    > re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    > course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    > instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.
     
  7. Billns

    Billns Flightless Bird

    On 3/5/2010 11:53 AM, Rhino wrote:
    > "Gary Gary"<blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    > news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    >> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    >> few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    >> somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    >> this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    >> re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    >> course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    >> instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.

    >
    > I am using a Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 1.1 (to give you the
    > complete model name from the bottom) and it pops up an advisory message
    > whenever I toggle the Caps Lock key. Similar messages come up when I click
    > on the Mute button, which is an extra button provided on this keyboard
    > (along with buttons for My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Mail, Web/Home
    > Messenger, and others.)
    >
    > Maybe a keyboard like this would help you?
    >

    I have the same type keyboard. Besides the little onscreen popup it also
    toggles a light on the keyboard/mouse receiver. Of course if you're not
    looking at the screen or receiver as you type you may not notice it.

    Bill
     
  8. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 5, 1:24 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > It is possible with any PC and OS providing you have Office installed.
    >
    > --



    I have a PC with XP Pro and Office 2007 Enterprise.

    How do I enable this feature?
     
  9. WaIIy

    WaIIy Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 05 Mar 2010 12:03:47 -0600, "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote:

    >Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the very
    >few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    >somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    >this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    >re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    >course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    >instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.


    Watch for these changes :

    a - A
    b - B
    c - C

    and so on
     
  10. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Jose

    I have that option set in the Control Panel\Keyboard\Key Setting . This setting
    showed up when I installed Office 2003 Enterprise on my W2K3 R2 Enterprise box. When
    I used my Test machine which still has the Office 2010 Enterprise this option is not
    there. I cannot speak for Office 2007 since I did not check for this when we were
    doing the Beta quite a while back
    --
    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:fb34c2de-d49c-40e3-be99-195ce7d8d82e@b7g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    On Mar 5, 1:24 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > It is possible with any PC and OS providing you have Office installed.
    >
    > --



    I have a PC with XP Pro and Office 2007 Enterprise.

    How do I enable this feature?
     
  11. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 6, 2:02 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Jose
    >
    > I have that option set in the Control Panel\Keyboard\Key Setting . This setting
    > showed up when I installed Office 2003 Enterprise on my W2K3 R2 Enterprise box. When
    > I used my Test machine which still has the Office 2010 Enterprise this option is not
    > there. I cannot speak for Office 2007 since I did not check for this whenwe were
    > doing the Beta quite a while back
    > --
    > Peter
    >
    > Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    > Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >
    > "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:fb34c2de-d49c-40e3-be99-195ce7d8d82e@b7g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    > On Mar 5, 1:24 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    > > It is possible with any PC and OS providing you have Office installed.

    >
    > > --

    >
    > I have a PC with XP Pro and Office 2007 Enterprise.
    >
    > How do I enable this feature?


    I may have never noticed it if it was there and I don't see it now.

    I was just curious - I'll keep an eye out for it now.
     
  12. Gary Gary

    Gary Gary Flightless Bird

    >> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the
    >> very
    >> few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    >> somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    >> this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    >> re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    >> course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    >> instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.

    >
    > I am using a Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 1.1 (to give you the
    > complete model name from the bottom) and it pops up an advisory message
    > whenever I toggle the Caps Lock key. Similar messages come up when I
    > click
    > on the Mute button, which is an extra button provided on this keyboard
    > (along with buttons for My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Mail,
    > Web/Home
    > Messenger, and others.)
    >
    > Maybe a keyboard like this would help you?


    I'm using a Microsoft 4000 Natural wired model but when I go into Control
    Panel, Keyboard, I don't see any options there for this. Using XP Pro,
    SP3.
    I can't see the keyboard when I type so having a light on or off won't
    help me. And even then its not nearly as good as seeing something on the
    screen.
     
  13. Gary Gary

    Gary Gary Flightless Bird

    >> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the
    >> very
    >> few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    >> somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    >> this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    >> re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    >> course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    >> instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.

    >
    > Watch for these changes :
    >
    > a - A
    > b - B
    > c - C
    >
    > and so on


    Now THAT was funny! LOL! :) Well done! Nothing like good ol' dry humor.
     
  14. Gary Gary

    Gary Gary Flightless Bird

    Sounds interesting but I just need to know if its on or be reminded that
    it is indeed on. I know a lot of people disable the Caps Lock key
    entirely but I find it very useful in many documents I create so that
    ain't an option unfortunately. Wish it was. :)

    > I use "capsunlock" from http://www.brainsystems.com/capsunlock. It uses
    > the
    > CapsLock the same as the shift. When you release the CapsLock key it is
    > back
    > to lower case. I've had it for years so if the address doesn't work do a
    > search for "CapsUnlock".
    >
    > Frank
    >
    > "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    > news:eek:p.u83wglsou4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    >> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the
    >> very
    >> few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    >> somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    >> this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    >> re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    >> course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    >> instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.

    >
    >
     
  15. Gary Gary

    Gary Gary Flightless Bird

    >> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the
    >> very few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is
    >> possible somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to
    >> accomplish this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been
    >> entering and re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative
    >> **********. Of course the smart thing would be to have the option to
    >> show the password instead of those stars since many of us are working
    >> alone.

    >
    > Well, lets see: If you have a standard desktop computer the keyboard
    > will have a Caps Lock light on it somewhere. Locate that and look at it
    > before you start typing your passwords. Laptops also may have the same
    > light. Every version of Windows from 2000 on (don't yet know about Win
    > 7) have a feature that will sound a tone when the caps lock key is
    > pressed (on) and a different tone when it is pressed (off) again. To
    > activate on XP, Open Control Panel, Accessibility Options, Keyboard,
    > Toggle Keys. Ensure that the PC beep is turned on and not muted in the
    > sound system.


    You know I remember seeing Accessibility Options before but I can't
    remember if its pre-XP or not. Can someone confirm please? I'm using XP
    SP3 and I don't see it but I've customized a lot of the Start Menu stuff
    so maybe I deleted it. I do see Keyboard but don't see anything in there
    to help this situation. As in there is no "Toggle Keys".
     
  16. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u86hk6ypu4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    >>> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >>> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the
    >>> very few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is
    >>> possible somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to
    >>> accomplish this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been
    >>> entering and re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative
    >>> **********. Of course the smart thing would be to have the option to
    >>> show the password instead of those stars since many of us are working
    >>> alone.

    >>
    >> Well, lets see: If you have a standard desktop computer the keyboard
    >> will have a Caps Lock light on it somewhere. Locate that and look at it
    >> before you start typing your passwords. Laptops also may have the same
    >> light. Every version of Windows from 2000 on (don't yet know about Win
    >> 7) have a feature that will sound a tone when the caps lock key is
    >> pressed (on) and a different tone when it is pressed (off) again. To
    >> activate on XP, Open Control Panel, Accessibility Options, Keyboard,
    >> Toggle Keys. Ensure that the PC beep is turned on and not muted in the
    >> sound system.

    >
    > You know I remember seeing Accessibility Options before but I can't
    > remember if its pre-XP or not. Can someone confirm please? I'm using XP
    > SP3 and I don't see it but I've customized a lot of the Start Menu stuff
    > so maybe I deleted it. I do see Keyboard but don't see anything in there
    > to help this situation. As in there is no "Toggle Keys".


    It isn't on the start menu. Follow the instructions shown in my original
    response. It is on the Keyboard tab once you get Accessibility Options open
    from Control Panel. The third item down. You should see "Sticky keys,
    Filter keys and Toggle keys." If not you are in the wrong place.
     
  17. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:1a68c176-dff9-4629-a493-d00842cbc479@33g2000yqj.googlegroups.com...
    > On Mar 6, 2:02 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> Jose
    >>
    >> I have that option set in the Control Panel\Keyboard\Key Setting . This
    >> setting
    >> showed up when I installed Office 2003 Enterprise on my W2K3 R2
    >> Enterprise box. When
    >> I used my Test machine which still has the Office 2010 Enterprise this
    >> option is not
    >> there. I cannot speak for Office 2007 since I did not check for this when
    >> we were
    >> doing the Beta quite a while back
    >> --
    >> Peter
    >>
    >> Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    >> Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    >>
    >> "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:fb34c2de-d49c-40e3-be99-195ce7d8d82e@b7g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
    >> On Mar 5, 1:24 pm, "Peter Foldes" <ok...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> > It is possible with any PC and OS providing you have Office installed.

    >>
    >> > --

    >>
    >> I have a PC with XP Pro and Office 2007 Enterprise.
    >>
    >> How do I enable this feature?

    >
    > I may have never noticed it if it was there and I don't see it now.
    >
    > I was just curious - I'll keep an eye out for it now.



    On Word 2007 the Caps lock indicator can be put in place but is not there by
    default. To turn this on start Word, right click on the blank area of the
    status bar (where it says page 1 of 1). You will see a large menu appear to
    customize the status bar. Click the area to the left of Caps Lock to turn
    on the check mark. Once turned on you will see the status of the Caps Lock
    key on the status bar. The other item that should be turned on but isn't in
    it's default status is the Insert/Overtype mode control. This is a
    clickable item that turns on insert mode or when clicked again turns on the
    overtype mode.
     
  18. Gary Gary

    Gary Gary Flightless Bird

    > On Word 2007 the Caps lock indicator can be put in place but is not
    > there by default. To turn this on start Word, right click on the blank
    > area of the status bar (where it says page 1 of 1). You will see a
    > large menu appear to customize the status bar. Click the area to the
    > left of Caps Lock to turn on the check mark. Once turned on you will
    > see the status of the Caps Lock key on the status bar. The other item
    > that should be turned on but isn't in it's default status is the
    > Insert/Overtype mode control. This is a clickable item that turns on
    > insert mode or when clicked again turns on the overtype mode.


    But will this indicator show up in a browser? (I think not, right?) I
    need it for my browser since that's where I am typing passwords that I
    cannot see (just a bunch of stars).
     
  19. Rhino

    Rhino Flightless Bird

    "Gary Gary" <blah@blah.blah> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.u86g7xl0u4oxh7@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    >>> Apple's OS X has a really neat feature whereby a little icon pops up in
    >>> the message box you're typing in if you're in All Caps. (One of the
    >>> very
    >>> few innovative aspects of that OS!) I was wondering if this is possible
    >>> somehow with XP or if there was some program I might use to accomplish
    >>> this? I don't know how many hundreds of times I've been entering and
    >>> re-entering passwords that come up as a very informative **********. Of
    >>> course the smart thing would be to have the option to show the password
    >>> instead of those stars since many of us are working alone.

    >>
    >> I am using a Microsoft Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 1.1 (to give you the
    >> complete model name from the bottom) and it pops up an advisory message
    >> whenever I toggle the Caps Lock key. Similar messages come up when I
    >> click
    >> on the Mute button, which is an extra button provided on this keyboard
    >> (along with buttons for My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, Mail,
    >> Web/Home
    >> Messenger, and others.)
    >>
    >> Maybe a keyboard like this would help you?

    >
    > I'm using a Microsoft 4000 Natural wired model but when I go into Control
    > Panel, Keyboard, I don't see any options there for this. Using XP Pro,
    > SP3.
    > I can't see the keyboard when I type so having a light on or off won't
    > help me. And even then its not nearly as good as seeing something on the
    > screen.


    I assume that the messages popping up when I click on Caps Lock (or Mute)
    are enabled somehow within the drivers for the keyboard. I didn't
    reconfigure anything in Control Panel/Keyboard to start getting those
    messages.

    I don't know if you really want to spend money on a different keyboard to
    get the onscreen notifications about Caps Lock being toggled. It might not
    be worth the money to you. I'm just mentioning that my keyboard does what
    you want in case it IS worth spending some money on it.

    By the way, this may do more harm than good but you COULD try installing the
    drivers for the Microsoft wireless keyboard on your computer and see if you
    suddenly get the onscreen notifications when you click on Caps Lock. As I
    said though, even if you get the onscreen notifications, this may cause new
    problems with the keyboard itself if you use the drivers for a different
    keyboard than the one you've actually got connected. Still, it would be easy
    enough to reinstall the current drivers if using the Wireless drivers
    causing problems for you.....

    --
    Rhino
     

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