The Caps Lock on a keyboard has a special position. This is because it is rarely used for key combinations; rather, its use changes the input permanently. This is why keyboards for Mac or PC as well as on notebooks such as the Apple MacBook are also equipped with an LED that indicates that the Caps Lock key is active. In English the button is called Caps Lockbecause it locks in capital letters (Caps). There is also a corresponding switch on typewriters, the Shift lock or Shift lock is called. It causes the permanent use of the shift key or shift function.

The Caps Lock key on Mac and PC is also called Caps Lock. There are also the terms shift lock and shift lock. You can read here what the difference is and how you can deactivate or repurpose the Caps Lock key on your Mac.

The Caps Lock key on Mac and PC is also called Caps Lock. There are also the terms shift lock and shift lock. You can read here what the difference is and how you can deactivate or repurpose the Caps Lock key on your Mac.

Why is there a Caps Lock key?

The history of these special keys goes back to the use of typewriters. Because almost every typewriter has a switch lock, thanks to which either the platen is raised or the type carriage is lowered and locked in place. In contrast to the shift key, which must be held down to use the second assignment of the keys (capital letters and special characters), the caps lock key is only pressed once and then enables permanent writing in capital letters. This can be useful on typewritten documents for a heading, name in a document, or the like.

The difference between toggle lock and caps lock

From a purely technical point of view, there is a difference between the “Shift Lock” with the symbol ⇩ and the “Caps Lock” with the symbol on the computer keyboard of Mac and PC. Here is a short form of the respective explanation so that nobody gets confused:

  • Shift lock ⇩: Simulates the permanent pressing of the shift key so that the second assignment is activated on all keys (letters, numbers, characters)
  • Caps Lock Key: Simulates only holding down the Shift key for letters, so that only capital letters can be written, but numbers can also be written

Deactivate Caps Lock and use Caps Lock differently

The behavior of special keys can be changed under macOS on the Apple Mac. So you can deactivate or change the function of the Caps Lock key on Mac, iMac and especially on MacBook. You don't need the terminal or any other programming aids for this. An app as a tool for changing the keyboard is also unnecessary, because the macOS settings already provide for the individual assignment of the keyboard:

  • Click on the in the top left Apple menu () and there on System settings ...
  • Select in the overview that opens Keyboard
  • In the “Keyboard” tab, click the button at the bottom right Special keys ... an
  • You can now swap the functions for the caps lock key and others, specify "Esc" or "no action"
  • Confirm your selection with OK, leave them with you Abort expire or use restore standard - depending on
Assigning the Apple Mac Caps Lock key the function of another special key, using it as Esc (Escape) or setting no action on it - this can be done under macOS in the system settings.

Assigning the Apple Mac Caps Lock key the function of another special key, using it as Esc (Escape) or setting no action on it - this can be done under macOS in the system settings.

In addition to Caps Lock, you can also use the ctrl key (^), option key (alt, ⌥), command key (cmd, ⌘) and function key (fn) in the macOS settings on the Apple Mac, iMac, MacBook and Co. assign alternative function. If you're new to the Mac, here's what the keys are all about: Apple Mac - find Option, Command, Shift, and more keys. If you want to acquire a few useful keyboard shortcuts, then take a look at this guide: The best keyboard shortcuts for Mac.

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