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just got a new Samsung laptop running Windows 8. The laptop keyboard has no indication if capslock enabled or not. Is there some way I can get it to display in the system tray, or to flash on the screen when it changes?

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Unbelievable Windows 8 doesn't have a built in indicator for the taskbar!!! – AlikElzin-kilaka Aug 5 '15 at 7:40

You can make it beep by going to control panel > Ease of Access > Make the Keyboard Easeier to Use. Check the box next to Turn on Toggle Keys.


I found this answer for Windows 7, it may also work for Windows 8.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Keyboard in the search field.
  3. Double click on Keyboard options.
  4. Under Key Settings tab, go to the Key Settings List.
  5. Locate and double click on CAPS LOCK
  6. On the menu you should see where it says Display CAPS LOCK status on screen
  7. Click the check box, and click Finish
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That helps, but something on screen would be nice. – Ray Feb 14 '13 at 17:03
I can't find comparable settings that work for Windows 8. – doppelgreener Dec 26 '14 at 3:40

I just bought my new laptop which didn't had a CapsLock light so I wrote a quick AutoHotkey script which will change tray icon based on the current capslock status. You can find it here.

The source is on GitHub

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+1 Works fine, I jus changed the icons, now looks cool – Irfan Akram May 8 '15 at 2:42
The source code is 8KB but the exe is 304KB. Why the big difference? – AlikElzin-kilaka Aug 5 '15 at 7:44
@AlikElzin-kilaka The code is in AutoHotkey, a scripting language. The interpreter is packed with the source to make the executable. – Avi Aug 7 '15 at 7:12

Change the registry location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Widcomm\BTConfig\General\KeyIndication from 0 to 1, and then restart.

This produces a text notification in the bottom right corner of the screen displaying "CAPS LOCK: ON" or "CAPS LOCK: OFF" for 3 seconds.

It worked on my laptop (Thinkpad T430 Win8.1 x64).

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that's specific to your machine. – jwenting Jul 23 '15 at 18:13

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