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    How to set CapsLock, NumLock and ScrollLock Keys On/Off using Windows Registry Tweak


    Most of the Windows users have preference on whether “CapsLock”, “NumLock” or “ScrollLock” keys should be turned on or off after Windows has started.

    I prefer NumLock to be in On status and CapsLock in Off status after windows has completed started.

    What if your preference is not same as the default settings that Windows? Below is the tip by which you can do changes in Windows Registry to permanently change the settings according to your preference!

    Below are the steps to change the ON/OFF Status of CapsLock, NumLock and ScrollLock Keys:

      Please take backup of Registry before making any changes!

    • Start->Run… then, Type “regedit” without quotes and press Enter.
    • It will open Windows Registry. Now navigated to the following key based on your choice:

      To change the setting for currently logged in user:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard

      To change the setting for all users:
      HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard

    • Look for “InitialKeyboardIndicators” string on the right side pane and change the value between 0 to 7 based on your choice (Check below for the definition of each numeric number):

      0 – Turn all indicators Off (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock)
      1 – Turn CapsLock On
      2 – Turn NumLock On
      3 – Turn CapsLock and NumLock On
      4 – Turn ScrollLock On
      5 – Turn CapsLock and ScrollLock On
      6 – Turn NumLock and ScrollLock On
      7 – Turn all indicators On (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock)

    • How to set CapsLock, NumLock and ScrollLock Keys On-Off using Windows Registry Tweak

    • After you change the value. Close Registry Editor and restart the system and see the change!
    • Hope you found this tweak interesting. If you know any other tweaks or other way to achieve the above. Do share via comments!

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    11 Comments

    1. Raju says:

      That’s a cool simple tip! Thank you!

    2. It was always good to hear that there are simple tweaks like this that can make your pc experience more convenient. Anyway, just a friendly warning, backup your registry before editing.

    3. Read 2 Know says:

      This is useful one. Didn’t knew this before!

    4. I have never noticed this. I am more like you, num lock on, everything else off, thats how I like it. and I guess thats the default setting of windows.

      Wow, thanks for sharing this, will come handy sometime, maybe when the americans start liking Caps lock on a default setting!

    5. Nihar says:

      @Read2Know, I am happy that you came to know from this post!

      @Arun, Yeah you are right.

    6. Chris says:

      This isn’t working for me. is this supposed to work with USB keyboards too? After a restart, the registry entry is reverted back to 2

    7. Elenore says:

      This was great. And would you believe it… my Initial value was NOT a number from zero to seven,it was in fact ten numbers………… that is, 2146483648.

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