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Onscreen Caps Lock/Num Lock/Insert notification for Windows XP?
October 5, 2010 3:37 PM   Subscribe

Is there a utility that runs on Windows XP that will give an on-screen notification when the Caps Lock, Num Lock and Insert keys are pressed?

I'm thinking of something unobtrusive like the volume indicator on Mac OS X that would pop up and fade away after a second or two. Thanks!
posted by DakotaPaul to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
 
What is your goal in finding this?

I'm assuming you want to know when the keys are pressed because you're pressing them accidentally. This article from Locker Gnome gives instructions that take care of all but the Insert keys. Sadly it doesn't take care of the Insert key.

For the Insert key there's always out friend AutoHotkey that will let you map the Insert key to something useful. Or even play the sound but please note that I have no idea if it can actually do this that is played for the other keys.

If my assumptions are wrong feel free to ignore this entire thing.
posted by theichibun at 4:10 PM on October 5, 2010


I'm assuming you want to know when the keys are pressed because you're pressing them accidentally.

That's correct.

...let you map the Insert key to something useful. Or even play the sound...

Unfortunately, I do use the Insert key sometimes, and I try to keep my work PC sound-free.
posted by DakotaPaul at 4:26 PM on October 5, 2010


The usual visual cue that you've accidentally flipped from Insert mode to Overtype mode is that the text entry cursor shape changes from a thin vertical line to a thicker block. Training yourself to notice that might save you some software hunting grief.
posted by flabdablet at 9:26 PM on October 5, 2010


Here is an Accessibility Options hack.
posted by misterbrandt at 9:40 PM on October 5, 2010


there's this or this

Apparently you can install IntelliType Pro v7 even if you don't have a microsoft kb and this enables some sort of on screen indicator. You can't enable v8 (the latest) unless you actually have a microsoft kb, it checks.

Logitechs SetPoint software likely has a similar features.
posted by onya at 10:09 PM on October 5, 2010


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