Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· michaelho

Remap Caps Lock to Control

How often do you use Caps Lock anyways?

For Macs:

Open System Preferences, go to the Keyboard preferences, make sure you're on the keyboard tab, and click Modifier Keys at the bottom right. With the right keyboard selected at the top, change the action for the Caps Lock key to the Control action.

Props to Jeffrey at Dev Bootcamp for giving me the idea. Sometimes it's all about the little things.

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Hi, what this remap is for? :)
I use caps to switch language on OSX and on ubuntu, this is more efficient, i think, then to have three ctrls on keyboard.

over 1 year ago ·

If you need to switch languages, I totally agree that that's a much better use of the Caps Lock key. For me, I'm on a Macbook Pro with only one ctrl key that is wedged awkwardly between the fn key and the alt/option key. It's gotten to feel ergonomically awkward as I start to use Vim more often. Caps Lock just feels faster and nicer on my hands.

over 1 year ago ·

I'm a heavy user of Alfred (and you should be too) and I remaped Caps Lock to F16 which fires up Alfed. You do need some software to do app, like PCKeyboardHack

over 1 year ago ·

hehe :) and i replaced spotlight with alfred, so cmd+space

over 1 year ago ·