I feel like I've gone mad :) For 30 years as an IT admin and developer, when I've hit caps-lock it only shifted the letters (so that if I hit the number 1, I still got a number one).

Since migrating to Windows 10, when I hit caps-lock, it shifts the entire keyboard (so hitting "1" results in "!"). People are trying to tell my this is normal for Windows 10.

Is it possible to turn this off?

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    I think your keyboard layout file is custom or damaged. Restore it from OS installation disk. – Akina Mar 7 '19 at 7:54
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    Not confirmed. Just checked Windows 10 and Caps Lock does work in the same way as in Windows 7. It seems that @Akina is right. – montonero Mar 7 '19 at 8:22
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    I've worked with Windows 10 since release, both normal releases and Slow and Fast Ring for Preview releases and now support it on around 800 machines, and on none of these does CAPS LOCK behave how you describe. What you're seeing is not the "new normal" and something is broken on your system. You should start with the standard Windows 10 repair functions, DISM and SFC. Follow this guide, you should end up running DISM 3 times with different arguments, and then SFC a few times as well: windowscentral.com/… – music2myear Mar 7 '19 at 16:21
  • Could this have something to do with it being a German Keyboard (but an English install of Windows)? This is actually the second, independent Windows 10 machine on which this has happened.Both keyboards were by the manufacturer "Cherry" - although different computers, and different physical keyboards. – BurningKrome Mar 8 '19 at 16:31
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    I have the same behavior as you using the Deutsch (Deutschland) keyboard. However, when switching to English (United States) using Alt-Shift the caps lock only applies to letters as you and any sane person would expect. So it definitely has something to do with the Windows keyboard layout for German... – Fabian Jul 30 '19 at 4:36

go to language settings - select German - select Options - add keyboard - look for QWERTZ (IBM) and then remove QWERTZ

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    Unfortunately, that stops it from being a German keyboard :) I still want it to be a German keyboard, just not do the silly caps lock stuff :D – BurningKrome Jul 28 at 9:15

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