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Question: CAPS LOCK Behavior on 13" MacBook

I just purchased a 13" 2.4 GHz Aluminum MacBook, my first Mac coming previously from Windows PC's. I just have a dumb question that I can't find an answer to. On all PC's (and maybe on previous Mac's as well), if your CAPS LOCK key was on, you could hold the SHIFT key down to get lowercase letters without turning off CAPS LOCK. However, this behavior does not work on the new MacBooks, at least not on mine. Is there any way to turn on this behavior either using the SHIFT key or some other key? I could not find anything in any preference settings, and tried the other modifier keys and they did not work either.

Thanks in advance for any help here.

Tony

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Apr 14, 2009 8:46 AM in response to Tones2 In response to Tones2

So I guess there is no modifier key on the MacBook (or any way to set one up) that would allow you to type lowercase letters with the CAPSLOCK on - Correct?

Anyone?

Tony

Apr 14, 2009 8:46 AM

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Apr 14, 2009 9:41 AM in response to Tones2 In response to Tones2

Activating caps lock means that the capital letters are locked on. To turn it off, press the caps lock key once again. In order to use both capital and lower case, use the shift key for temporary capital letters instead of the caps lock. The shift key override of active caps lock is a windows thing. -GDF

Apr 14, 2009 9:41 AM

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Apr 14, 2009 10:44 AM in response to GfulDedFan In response to GfulDedFan

GfulDedFan wrote:
Activating caps lock means that the capital letters are locked on. To turn it off, press the caps lock key once again. In order to use both capital and lower case, use the shift key for temporary capital letters instead of the caps lock. The shift key override of active caps lock is a windows thing. -GDF


Well, of course I understand all of that. 🙂 The issue is that I have situations where I need to type MOSTLY in CAPS for a long period of time but with lowercase letters thrown in the mix as well. I would hate to have to hold down my shift key for all the caps, or have to continuously turn the CAPS LOCK off to get a lowercase letter or two and then back on again. ALL PC's allow you to use a modifier key (usually SHIFT) to get lowercase letters when the caps lock is on just for this purpose. It surprises me that there is no way to do this on a Mac.

Tony

Apr 14, 2009 10:44 AM

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Apr 15, 2009 7:21 AM in response to Tones2 In response to Tones2

I wonder if an attached USB 3rd party keyboard will be able to do this? Is this controlled by the OS or by the physical keyboard?

Tony

Apr 15, 2009 7:21 AM

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Apr 16, 2009 4:28 PM in response to Tones2 In response to Tones2

Tones2 wrote:

ALL PC's allow you to use a modifier key (usually SHIFT) to get lowercase letters when the caps lock is on just for this purpose. It surprises me that there is no way to do this on a Mac.
Tony


Your post is an interesting question so I tested my own PCs (three of them) and none of them have the caps lock on/shift for lower case feature. Nor can I find anything in control panel to enable the feature so I know not ALL PCs can do that, at least none of the one I have can. Not that it matters but its a feature I've never seen.

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Apr 16, 2009 4:28 PM

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Apr 17, 2009 11:09 AM in response to pogster In response to pogster

I've never been able to do this on any Mac I've ever owned - from beige g3's in the 90's to my new 2008 Macbook - I always just thought it was one of those differences between the two platforms. If it's really an issue for something you're working on often, you could always forsake OS X and boot your Macbook into XP/Vista etc 🙂

Apr 17, 2009 11:09 AM

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Apr 17, 2009 12:07 PM in response to pogster In response to pogster

pogster wrote:
Your post is an interesting question so I tested my own PCs (three of them) and none of them have the caps lock on/shift for lower case feature. Nor can I find anything in control panel to enable the feature so I know not ALL PCs can do that, at least none of the one I have can. Not that it matters but its a feature I've never seen.


Hmmm...I've never EVER had any PC that would not do this in the 20+ years I've been working on PC's. Are you sure you have the caps lock key permanently on and then you hold down the shift key to get lower case letters? I know this works on your PC's - I'll guarantee it!

Tony

Apr 17, 2009 12:07 PM

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