How to fix Caps Lock indicator not working on Windows?

By Alexandra Bagratian | May 4, 2018 |

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Caps Lock is a pretty useful feature: when on, it capitalizes the letters you input and therefore saves you a lot of time. At first glance, a missing Caps Lock indicator might seem a minor issue. However, it is by all accounts a real problem for those who type a lot.

The thing is, not knowing whether your Caps Lock is on or off puts you in some kind of a predicament – you might activate Caps Lock by accidentally pressing its key on your keyboard and be unaware of that.

With this perspective in mind, you should take into account that most password fields are case-sensitive. This is an added level of security, so you should make sure to enter uppercase and lowercase characters in the exact way they are organized in your password – and you may have difficulty doing so due to the lack of relevant Caps Lock information.

The good news is, you have come to the right place. Here you will find an exhaustive list of proven tips on how to fix Caps Lock indicator on Windows 10:

1. Make sure it is not a hardware problem

You first troubleshooting step is to check your keyboard: the point is, this piece of hardware might be faulty and therefore unable to show the Caps Lock indicator light. With this in mind, connect the device to another laptop and see if the issue is present.

Alternatively, you can enter your BIOS settings (the exact combination of keys needed for this depends on your manufacturer, so check your laptop manual) and check the LED light.

If the LED issues with your keyboard are behind your Caps Lock problem, there is no need to invest in a new device. As such, put your bank card away and keep working your way down – in this article, we will show you how to enable on-screen as well as audio Caps Lock notifications so that you have no difficulty finding if your Caps Lock is on or off.

2. Tweak the Ease of Access settings

Since these days laptop manufacturers are inclined to remove the Caps Lock indicator lights, you might need to make use of notification sounds. This method will also be useful if your keyboard is having LED issues.

So, to make your Win 10 PC play a notification sound every time you press the Caps Lock key, use the instructions below:

  1. Click on the Windows icon on your Taskbar.
  2. Click on the gear icon to open the Settings app.
  3. Choose the Ease of Access section.
  4. Select Keyboard from the left pane.
  5. Navigate to Toggle Keys.
  6. Toggle on the option ‘Hear a tone when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock’.

You will hear a special sound when you enable or disable Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock on your keyboard.

Now let’s configure your computer to provide an on-screen notification Caps Lock was turned on:

  1. After enabling Toggle keys, select Other options from the Ease of Access menu.
  2. Navigate to Visual notifications for sound. Choose the desirable option.

You will see visual notifications whenever you hit Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock.

3. Configure your Lenovo keyboard settings

If you own a Lenovo device, we have good news for you: you can tweak your keyboard settings to see the Caps Lock status on your screen. Here is what you should do:

  1. Open your Start menu and click on Control Panel.
  2. Select Device and Printers.
  3. Locate your PC in the list and right-click on it.
  4. Select Keyboard settings from the list of available options.
  5. The Mouse and Keyboard center will now open.
  6. Choose the Click here to change Microsoft keyboard settings option.
  7. Work your way down to the Caps Lock.
  8. Turn on the option Display Caps Lock status on the screen.

Now you can press Caps Lock and see a Caps Lock indicator on your screen.

4. Update your keyboard drivers

If the ‘Caps Lock indicator not working on Windows’ issue keeps bothering you, the chances are your keyboard drivers are out of date. In a situation like this, we recommend you to update them without further delay.

For this purpose, you can use the built-in Device Manager tool:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + X shortcut on your keyboard.
  2. Then select Device Manager from the list of search results.
  3. Locate your keyboard and right-click on it.
  4. Click on Update Driver. Let your Win 10 search automatically for updated driver software.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the update process.

The catch is, Device Manager may fail to find the driver version needed. In a case like this, you will have to search for the necessary software manually. Make sure you know the exact details of your device and is aware what you should look for, since downloading and installing a wrong keyboard driver can cause your device to malfunction.

Obviously, updating your drivers yourself is a time-consuming and tiring process. Therefore, we strongly advise you to employ a special tool to do the job. For example, Auslogics Driver Updater will fix all your drivers – not only those related to your keyboard – in just one click.

5. Update your OS

Persistent Caps Lock issues might be a sign that your OS needs updating. In such a case, you should do the following:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows logo + I shortcut on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to the Update & Security section and click on it.
  3. Once in the Windows Update center, locate the Check for updates button and click on it.

Your Windows 10 will automatically search online for available updates and download them in the background. Restart your computer and have them installed. This trick has reportedly helped a lot of users to resolve their Caps Lock issues. Hopefully, it has worked for you as well.

6. Undo the problematic updates

Regrettably, not all updates fit your Windows 10 perfectly – some can trigger Caps Lock indicator problems on your PC. That said, there is no need to worry, since you can remove the problematic updates quite effortlessly. Just follow these instructions to do so:

  1. Press the Windows logo and I keys simultaneously.
  2. The Settings app will show up.
  3. Select Update & Security.
  4. Click the View install update history link.
  5. Select the Uninstall Updates option.
  6. Locate the update you wish to remove and double-click it.

After removing the update, check if this has resolved your issue. If so, you should prevent your Windows 10 from reinstalling this update. To do that, download the ‘Show or hide updates’ tool from the official Microsoft support page and install it on your computer. Run the tool and click Next. After it has finished searching for available updates, select the Hide update option, locate the problematic update you wish to block, and check it. Then click Next. This update will be skipped from installation on your Win 10 machine.

7. Use third-party software to enable the Caps Lock indicator

You are free to make use of third-party apps to get Caps Lock notifications on your PC. There are plenty of such tools on the market, so choose the one that suits you most. For instance, these programs allow you to see the Caps Lock icon on your taskbar, send you visual and audio notifications, and offer other handy options to make sure you are aware of everything that is happening to your keyboard.

8. Open the on-screen keyboard

If all the tricks above have proved to no avail in fixing your Caps Lock issues, you might wish to give this workaround a try. To open the on-screen keyboard on a Windows 10 computer, take the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings app (Windows logo + I).
  2. Go to the Ease of Access section and select Keyboard.
  3. Toggle On-Screen Keyboard on.

A keyboard will show up on your screen. You can use it to enter text (especially passwords) without worrying about the Caps Lock indicator not working on your computer.

Now you know how to fix Caps Lock indicator on Windows 10.

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