Using Toggle Keys

by Callie Jordan
(last updated April 18, 2016)

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How many times have you typed a password only to have it fail when you're sure you've typed it correctly? Or noticed strange behavior when you're trying to enter numbers? Especially on smaller keyboards, it's easy to inadvertently hit the Caps Lock or Num Lock keys.

Windows has an accessibility feature that can alert you whenever you press the Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock keys. It's called Toggle Keys.

If you're not watching the moNITOR WHILE YOU'RE TYPING, YOU CAN ACCIDENTALLY TURN ON CAPS LOCK. But with Toggle Keys enabled, an audible beep alerts you whenever you toggle Caps Lock (or Num Lock or Scroll Lock) on or off.

To turn Toggle Keys on, start by going to Start | Control Panel | Ease of Access Center. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Ease of Access Center.

Click the Make the Keyboard Easier to Use link. Windows displays some options for easier use of the keyboard. Scroll down a bit until you see the Turn on Toggle Keys option. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Turning on Toggle Keys.

To enable Toggle Keys, make sure the checkbox next to "Turn on Toggle Keys" is selected and then click on Apply or OK. Immediately Windows plays an alert sound whenever you press the Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock keys.

If you later want to turn off Toggle Keys, just return to the dialog box and uncheck the checkbox.

 This tip (6167) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Callie Jordan

Callie Jordan came into computers by way of secretarial work with typewriters. She has been teaching computer classes for the past 20 years, specializing in total beginners. She tells her students that she's not a techie-type, just a user. She has classes ranging from ?this is a mouse? to workshops on specifics of MS Office programs, like mail merge. ...

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2016-04-19 13:48:16

Ted Duke

Windows 10.1: The phrase, "Make Keyboard Easier to Choose" has been changed along with other minor descriptions, but a search in File Explorer locates it, if you are lucky. Thanks to tips.net. Thanks to Microsoft only for not removing this option, but NOT for needlessly renaming so many things time after time in so many places.


2016-04-18 20:11:48

Keith Paget

I like this one. I have accidently hit the Num Lock key more than once and wonder what is happening. Now I will know for sure immediately.


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