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7Caps is a free tool with on-screen indicators that tell you if Caps Lock and Num Lock are enabled

Not every keyboard has a built-in Caps Lock or Num Lock LED indicator. My laptop for example, has lights to indicate the status of Caps Lock, Mute and Wi-Fi, but there's none for Num Lock. I use the number pad a lot to enter two-factor codes, phone numbers, etc., mostly without looking at the keyboard.

7Caps is a free tool with on-screen indicators that tell you if Caps Lock and Num Lock are enabled
Sometimes, we may accidentally hit the buttons and enable/disable Caps Lock or Num Lock. When you do that, you probably have to retype the whole thing which can be quite annoying (unless a program informs you that Caps Lock is active).

This is when programs like Tray Status can be of use to us. But if you're looking for something without too many bells & whistles, and completely free, 7Caps is a neat alternative. Run the program and you should see a long pill shaped widget on the screen. It has the letters abc to the left, and the number 7 to the right.

Let's test it, hit the Caps Lock key and the letters on 7Caps' widget should change to UpperCase ABC to indicate that Caps Lock is enabled.

7Caps on-screen indicator for Caps Lock and Num Lock

If you don't see the number 7 on the widget, it means that Num lock is not activated. Press the button and the number should appear to the right side of the letters.

7Caps Num Lock is disabled

You can move the 7Caps widget around the screen. It is a sticky widget so it can stay on top of other windows. So, you can keep it on the browser window or your text editor, or even place it on the taskbar where it won't distract you.

Note: The widget kept disappearing for me if kept on the taskbar. Perhaps it's a bug?

Settings

There are a few ways to customize the pill's appearance a bit. Right-click on the widget or on the system tray icon and select settings. This screen allows you to customize the color of the text and the background of the pop-up. You can set a custom color for the text and background for "Caps Lock On" Text, "Caps Lock on" Background, and similarly for the "Lock off" indicators (the Num Lock part's customizable too).

Don't like the shape of the widget? Disable the rounded corners to make it a proper rectangle. The opacity of the 7Caps pop-up can be altered, should you find it to be too flashy or distracting. But if you lower the opacity too much, it may become too dim to notice the status change.

Audio Indicators

Right-click on the system tray icon and select "Sounds". This enables the audio indicator in 7Caps. It plays a sound which says "Caps Lock off", "Caps Lock on", and likewise for the Num Lock. You can use the Settings screen to change the sound for each of the 4 indicators. The option can be useful in case you didn't notice the widget.

It would have been nice if there was an option to resize the pill, or if the tray icon displayed the change in the status of Caps Lock or Num Lock. No portable version is available. But those are minor issues. I tested the program with an external keyboard as well, and it works just fine.

7Caps

For Windows

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Comments

  1. charles said on December 14, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    Keyboard LEDs is an excellent (and free) alternative

    1. Anonymous said on December 15, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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      thx 4 tip!

  2. Kriss said on December 14, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    I’ve created a similar tool. The difference: it’s open-source. I don’t like running closed-source…

    1. Anonymous said on December 15, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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      link?

    2. Mike Murphy said on December 15, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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      So, for which open-source operative systems is your version, Linux and BSD?

      1. itiswhatitis said on December 22, 2019 at 2:43 am
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        What “operative systems” do I use?

        The CIA, but it’s not open-source.

  3. Q said on December 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    It also would have been good to include Scroll Lock Status in 7Caps.

    The developer also has some interesting software offerings.

  4. pHROZEN gHOST said on December 14, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    My keyboard does that for me.

  5. Tomislav said on December 15, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    I’m looking for a monitor with Caps, Num lock built-in indicator. But for now, this program is very useful.

  6. Techno said on December 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    This is a good tip. I am experiencing the same problem with the pill disappearing, but I don’t mind too much as the sound indication is more important and that works all the time.

    Interestingly, the usual beep sound provided by Windows stopped working for me recently. This application causes it to start working again, but only temporarily. If I wait a few seconds then the beep stops again, and the 7Caps sound notification cuts off the start, eg. it sounds like “aps lock on” instead of “Caps lock on”. This sees to be a problem with Windows or my computer but I haven’t solved it yet.

  7. Tom said on December 15, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    I’ve been using

    https://www.traystatus.com/

    running at SysTray showing a straighforward ‘a’ or ‘A’

  8. leland said on December 17, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    Another vote for TrayStatus by BinaryFortress. I liked it well enough to upgrade to the paid version when it went on sale. They have many useful tools both free and paid.

  9. itiswhatitis said on December 22, 2019 at 2:37 am
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    Thanks! I have six fingers on each hand so I’m always accidentally hitting the CapsLock key. Also, I’m visually challenged so I can’t see the LED light on my keyboard.

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