Computer tip - Caps Lock Alarm

Article ID : 55
Created on 2007-10-05 at 4:14 PM
Author : Rahul Bhanot [rahulbhanot@yahoo.com]

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Caps Lock Alarm

Don't you hate it when you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key? Sometimes I have a whole sentence typed in before I realize my mistake!

What if you could set your computer up so it alerts you when your pinky finger wanders off and taps the Caps Lock key? With this tip, I'll show you how to make your computer beep & flash the next time it happens.

The first thing you'll need to do is get the computer to beep when you hit the Caps Lock key. Here's how:

1. Click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel (XP Users, hit the Start button, Control Panel). Open the Accessibility Options Icon.
 
Control Panel
 
 
 
2. On the Keyboard tab, click the "Use Toggle Keys" checkbox.
 
Accessibility Options
 
That's it for the beeping part.

Next, we need to get your screen to flash you, err, flash at you. Here's how:

1. From the Accessibility Options screen, click the Sound tab and check the "Use SoundSentry" checkbox.
 
Accessibility Options
 
2. Next click the Settings button and select "Flash active window" from the "Warning for windowed programs" drop down box.
 
Settings and Soundsentry
 
 
That's it. Hit OK until you're clear of property and settings screens. Open your favorite word processor and hit your Caps Lock key.

Note : If you don't have an Accessibility Options icon in your Control Panel, you may not have it installed. To install, hit your Start button, Settings, Control Panel. Open the Add / Remove programs icon and click the Windows Setup tab. You'll be able to add components from there. Keep in mind you'll need your Windows CD!


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