Saturday, January 27, 2007

Automatic Caps Lock Toggle

You must have seen blogs and personal profiles where a lot of girls (and maybe a few guys, but I'm not one among them) type lIkE tHiS? Have you wondered how they manage to do the tedious task of pressing and leaving the Shift key for every alternative letter?

Well (on the other hand) are you one of those girls (and guys) who do that, like to do that, but are so frustrated that you have to do that to get that "beautiful blog page" you got? Fear not, for help is here.

I created this Automatic Caps Lock Toggle application (or ToggleCaPs, for short) in Visual Basic. It is also (a bit) intelligent as it only toggles Caps Lock when you type alphabetic keys (A-Z). You can download it by clicking here. Just extract the ZIP file into a folder and run the ToggleCaPs application. Create a shortcut to it on the Desktop if you like it!

Note that this application does not contain any virus. But since it does keyboard hooking, your anti-virus may warn that it could be a virus. Do not be alarmed! Add the dll file as an exception. (Keyboard hooking maybe used by virus applications to monitor your keyboard presses system-wide. My application also does this, however it is not with any malignant intent.)

I didn't do all the work in making that Caps Lock Toggle Application though. Credits go to Konstantin Tretyakov for some parts of the code. I had to merge two seperate code sets together and remove unnecessary parts to get this working. They are, for your reference:
1. Toggle CapsLock Key
2. Key Logger Based on a Global Keyboard Hook.
PS: If you are a developer and want the code for ToggleCaPs, drop me a comment.

HaPpY tYpInG!!!

3 comments:

  1. Note that this application does not contain any virus. But since it does keyboard hooking, your anti-virus may warn that it could be a virus. Do not be alarmed!

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  2. What would be REALLY handy is if you could auto reverse caps lock - I've posted on facebook, coded and Skype chats where Caps is on and I end up with hEY MATE HOW'S THINGS? If your program could decide if lower is first followed by all characters then switch caps off and replace the previous word (backspace x times and paste in correct version) that would be cool - Would need a stop list for words like uPVC, uPNP etc

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  3. Martin Parry, actually Windows includes such a feature already.

    Control Panel > Region and Language > Keyboard and Languages (tab) > Change keyboards... > Advanced Key Settings (tab) > Press the SHIFT key (radio button) > OK > OK.

    Now, when you press CAPS LOCK, the Caps will only be turned on. It will not be turned off when you press CAPS LOCK again. BUT when you press (or hold) the Shift key, if the Caps is already on, it will be turned off PLUS Shift will behave as normal, which means you can type Like This even if Caps was on.

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