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Old 11-05-2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Unhappy Caps Lock: How to remove the toggle effect?

I want the CapsLock to lock the letters in capital, and never to change them back to small letters.
To go from capitals letters down to small letter, I use the shift key.

In other word, I want my key board to behave like an old typewritter:
I don't want to have to look at my keyboard to know how capslock will bewave next time I use it.

I tryed all kind of set-up, but still could not remove the toggle effect of capslock...
Old 11-05-2009, 06:28 AM   #2
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You can use xmodmap to do something like this:

xmodmap -e 'clear lock'
xmodmap -e 'keycode 66 = Shift_Lock'
xmodmap -e 'add lock = Shift_Lock'
This behaves more like a typewriter in two ways: a press of the shift key will unlock the caps lock; and using the shift while the lock is on will not invert back to lowercase.

The caps lock key will still toggle, so it doesn't quite meet your requirements, but at least pressing shift on its own will guarantee which state you are in.

Last edited by neonsignal; 11-05-2009 at 06:29 AM.
Old 11-05-2009, 06:30 AM   #3
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On Ubuntu 9.10 go to: system > preferences > keyboard. Then click the Layout Options button. Under CapsLock key behavior, you will find many options to use for altering the behavior of the CapsLock key.

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