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Vista Key Alarms

Vista Key Alarms

Ever since we ran the Caps Lock Alarm [1] tip for Windows XP last week, I’ve had several people ask me how to do it in the new Windows Vista operating system. Those of you who have already upgraded may be left in the dark on a few simple procedures, but on a positive note, I’m here to help. I’m so excited to tell you how to do this, so let’s get to it!

In Vista, go to Start, Control Panel and click on the Ease of Access link. This is the same as the Accessibility Options in XP. From there, click on the link that says “Change how your keyboard works.” Once you’re in that window, go down to the middle of the page and checkmark the box that says “Turn on Toggle Keys.” This will then activate a beeping sound every time you hit the Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock keys on your keyboard.

Go ahead and give your keyboard a try. Hit the Caps Lock key and you’ll hear a beeping noise. You can then do the same for the Num Lock and Scroll Lock keys. These are keys that we all accidentally hit every once in awhile, but with this alarm, you won’t have to worry about messing up what you’re working on (typing in all caps, for example). This gives you a simple warning and you can then go and undo the key you hit. After that, you can just go on with your day and all will be perfect!

~ Erin