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Determining if Caps Lock is On

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 7, 2023)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


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When you are creating a macro, you may have a need to know if the Caps Lock key is engaged. (For instance, you may want to warn a user to turn the Caps Lock key off.) If you have this need, the following VBA macro code determines the status of the Caps Lock key, and warns you accordingly:

If Selection.Information(wdCapsLock) Then
    MsgBox "The Caps Lock key is on"
Else
    MsgBox "The Caps Lock key is off"
End If

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11995) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Determining if Caps Lock is On.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2023-10-08 01:14:46

Tomek

I apologize for this comment being tangential to the tip, but I hope someone may find it useful.

It is very rare that I would need Caps Lock. Most of the time in the past I had had it on, was by mistakenly hitting the caps lock key. So I disabled it. There are two way to do that:
1: Create an entry in Registry Editor (search on Internet how to do this). This will result in permanently disabled Caps Lock or at least until you change the registry back to original.
2: Pop up the caps lock key. Yes, mechanically remove it. It can be done on most keyboards. The benefit is that you can still activate Caps Lock by pushing what was under the key using a pencil or another thin object, sometimes your pinkie will work too. Then you can deactivate it when no longer needed. But you won't turn it on inadvertently.


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