Posts Tagged ‘capslock’

Overload capslock keyboard key in windows

January 24th, 2017

We all have this centrally keyboard key that is seldom used. I am thinking of caps lock.

I wanted to use it as an alternative key, not as ctrl or anything; but as something totally different that does not invade existing short cuts.

Rewiring the capslock is harder than it looks at first glance.
I didn’t find a Good solution but at least one that works; for now.

Autohotkey

Autohotkey¬†aka AHK is for writing macros for keyboard, mouse(?) and joystick. The language is awful but don’t let that scare you away.

I have mapped CapsLock to be used with j, k, l and ; to navigate.
Capslock by itself is Esc.

Source code

Regular header stuff in the file:

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#NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
; #Warn ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
SendMode Input ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir% ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

Make Capslock not work as capslock but also make it work as Esc:
(I believe some magic is involved.)

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SetCapsLockState AlwaysOff
!CapsLock::CapsLock
CapsLock::Send {Esc}

Map the personal stuff. In my case navigation:

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CapsLock & j::Send {Left}
CapsLock & k::Send {Right}
CapsLock & `;::Send {Down}
CapsLock & l::Send {Up}

Unfortunately I don’t remember the sources I puzzled together my solution form.