Monday, January 10, 2011

How to Add an Audio Alert in Windows XP for Caps Lock

In this post, I am going to show you how to add an audio alert to Windows XP that lets you know whenever the Caps Lock key is selected on your keyboard.

Many users mistakenly strike the Caps Lock key when typing, and the result can be a long passage in upper case that they wanted in sentence case. Adding the audio alert can save you time and frustration when working on documents in MS Word, and other software programs.

To add an audio alert to Windows XP:

1. Click the Start button.

2. Point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

control panel

3. In the Control Panel dialog box, ensure that you are in Classic View.

classic view in Windows XP

Note: you do not have to be in Classic View to add an audio alert. However, you may want to switch to Classic View to follow these instructions.

4. Double-click Accessibility Options.

accessibility options

5. In the Accessibility Options dialog box that appears, select the check-box next to Use Toggle Keys.

toggle keys

6. Click OK.

Now, press the Caps Lock key. You should hear a small beep.

The next time you are typing and you hear that sound, look at your monitor and you will notice that the text is appearing in upper case. Please note that you will also be alerted when you press the Num Lock key that appears above the number pad on the right of your keyboard.

This is simple change that can save you time and aggravation.

Note: if you follow these steps and you cannot hear a beep when you press the Cap Locks key, it may be due to how your computer’s sound system is configured. In this case, unfortunately, you might not be able to take advantage of this feature.


Anonymous said...

Oh beep........

Anonymous said...

Oh blast, no beep....

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