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How to turn off the caps lock on Chromebooks

Chromebooks do not come with a Caps lock key. In this article, we will explain how to turn off the caps lock on Chromebooks.

To turn caps lock on and off, simply click Alt + Search to turn it on and repeat the action to turn it off. 

Alternatively, you can drag your mouse over the menu bar, where it shows the date and time.

Why is there no Caps Lock on Chromebooks?

Why is there no Caps Lock on Chromebooks

The goal when creating Chromebooks was to come up with compact devices that would be used for minimal online tasks. For these reasons, many features considered not necessary, such as caps and lock keys, were left out.

The fact that Chromebooks are used online and with online operating systems means that users will not primarily use them for typing. Hence, there is no pressing need for all typing keys.

However, it is important to note that Caps Lock functionality is available on Chromebooks only and not displayed on their small keyboards.

Your knowledge of navigating through Chrome OS will make it easier for you to find such functionality hidden in the online operating system.

How can you turn off the caps lock on Chromebooks?

As mentioned earlier, when you get a Chromebook, you will notice the lack of caps lock keys on the keyboard.

Instead of the search key, you will see a magnifying glass icon that represents the search key button. This key will bring up the search bar, not act as a caps lock key.

So how can you turn off the caps lock on a Chromebook? If your caps lock is on, click Alt + Search to turn it off. To turn caps lock back on, click Alt + Search again, and it will be turned on.

Turn off the caps lock on a Chromebook using a mouse.

If you prefer using your mouse instead of shortcut keys, you can navigate to the far right over the time bar and click Caps Lock is on to turn it off, and vice versa.

Finally, if you feel these are too many steps for a simple task, turn off caps lock by using the menu bar or pressing Shift.

How can you set custom Caps Lock on Chromebooks?

If you want to set your own custom caps lock keys, you can easily customize the keyboard on Chromebooks. Click on Settings > Device, then Keyboard, and change the shortcut settings.

  • Step 1: Click the Alt+Shift+s shortcut and choose the settings menu.
  • Step 2: Select the device, then the keyboard.
  • Step 3: Change the shortcut as per your preference.

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  1. How to set custom Caps Lock on Chromebooks?

    Step 1: Click the Alt+Shift+s shortcut and choose the settings menu.
    Step 2: Select the device, then the keyboard.
    Step 3: Change the shortcut as per your preference.