Finally, your first Chromebook arrived. As you open the device, it looks like an ordinary tablet or laptop — nothing different except for the operating system. But then you notice there are some familiar keyboard keys that are missing, and caps lock is one of them.
The Shift button is fortunately still intact. But for typing a long passage with capital letters, caps lock is the better tool for the job. Then how exactly we can use the button if it didn’t exist in the first place?
Well, technically, caps lock still exist on Chromebook. It’s just not obvious and requires multiple keys to be pressed to enable the feature. In this guide, I will show you how to turn on Caps Lock on any Chromebook device.
(The first three steps below is for ensuring keyboard bindings are not changed)
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How to turn on Caps Lock on Chromebook
1. Tap the clock and select Settings.
2. Navigate to Device > Keyboard.
3. Here, be sure that the Search and Alt buttons are in the default value.
4. On the device’s keyboard, press Alt and Search keys simultaneously to turn on the caps lock.
5. You would see a pop-up icon indicating that the caps lock is active.
Now you can start typing with all uppercase letters. To turn off the caps lock, simply press Alt and Search keys at the same time.
It’s worth mentioning that if you change the ‘Alt’ and ‘Search’ key bindings, it wouldn’t turn on the caps lock. Instead, it will do nothing. So, this is something you need to keep in mind when customizing the keyboard binding.
Why does Chromebook not have Caps Lock?
Chromebook designers argue that Caps Lock is not as useful as other keys. Typing an uppercase later is often done with the Shift key instead of Caps Lock. The button is now replaced with “Search”, which is useful for performing various actions and quickly accessing installed apps.
How do I disable the Caps Lock key?
To disable caps lock after you enable it, you can use the same key combinations to turn off Caps Lock which is Alt + Search. There is no light indicator like most keyboards, but you should be able to notice it when typing.
What is the lock key on Chromebook?
To instantly lock your Chromebook, press and hold the Search key and then hit the L key. Alternatively, some Chromebooks may come with a dedicated locking button with a padlock icon printed on it.