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I find the CAPS LOCK key irritating to the extreme simply because it is so easy to activate the CAPS LOCK and end up typing several lines in unwanted upper case. Could you please advise how to inactivate this key without interfering with the SHIFT KEY function.
Many thanks in anticipation.
I first tried this out a few years ago when you first recommended it, but I found it a little too geeky. Two years later, after using your advice to install Ubuntu Linux on an old machine to give it a new lease on life, I have become much more of a geek. Now I have fallen in love with AutoHotkey and have it on my Windows desktop.
It would have been more helpful, to me, if you mentioned how do you access the AUTOHOTKEY feature.
Simply go to http://www.autohotkey.com/.
You might also find it useful to look at http://www.icpug.org.uk/national/features/060305fe.htm.
I was delighted to find I could force CapsLock to be always off, but never thought to use it as a Mute toggle.
Please note that the version of AutoHotkey being actively maintained and developed is AutoHotkey_L, from the same source.
One of the most useful shortcuts I have transposes the characters on either side of the insertion point - absolutely anywhere.
And if, like me, you have a TrueCrypt volume in Dropbox, it's very useful to be able to ensure it's dismounted before suspending Windows.
And life is much simpler if you use a text editor which can highlight AHK syntax appropriately, such as TextPad or NotePad++.
I was interested in the AutoHotkey discussion because of the problems I've had in creating macros in MS Word 2010. I used to write some complex macros before the 21st century arrived, but now when I try to create a macro, 1) it doesn't seem to work, and 2) you are warned that macros may compromise your computer because, I think, of their interference with program language. I got the impression that a macro might make you more vulnerable to hackers. I like macros better than Word's QuickParts. Once you have inputted all the keystrokes, one keystroke combo activates them and saves you all kinds of time. I wonder why they are now warning us about macros. Are macros in Word that dangerous?
I wonder if it can do control-5. Windows does not process some codes and if Autohotkey does not intercept the keyboard itself it will never see control-5 and many other combination codes. I'm hoping...
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