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How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

The Caps Lock key is outdated and mostly useless. Most people will only ever trigger it accidentally. Google replaced the Caps Lock key with a Search key on its Chromebooks, and you can do the same thing on Windows.

There are ways to do this sort of thing with AutoHotkey, but we’ll show you how to do it without needing any third-party software running in the background.

If this doesn’t sound useful to you and you just want to get rid of your Caps Lock key, you could disable the Caps Lock key entirely.

Remap Caps Lock

Even if you were using AutoHotkey to do this, the Caps Lock key won’t work quite right if you associate an event with it. it’s best to remap the Caps Lock key to another key entirely. When you press the Caps Lock key on your keyboard, your computer will behave as if you pressed another key.

You could do this by remapping the key manually in the registry – in fact, we’ve explained just how registry key remapping works. But you can do this faster with a third-party key-remapping utility. We’ll be using SharpKeys, which you can download for free.

Install SharpKeys, open it, and click the Add button to add a new key remapping.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Map the key “Special: Caps Lock” to a key you don’t use. For example, very few people use the F10 key for anything, so we’ll map Caps Lock to “Function: F10”. If you use F10, you may want to select a different F-key you never use.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Click the Write to Registry button and SharpKeys will write the key remapping to the registry, doing the dirty work for you.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

You’ll have to log out and log back in (or restart your computer) for your changes to take effect.

Create a Search Shortcut

We’ll now need to create a shortcut we can trigger with the F10 key. This can be on your desktop or in your Start menu – either open your Desktop folder in Windows Explorer or open your Start menu, right-click All Programs, and select Open to open the Start menu’s programs folder in Windows Explorer.

Right-click in the folder, point to New, and select Shortcut.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

We’re creating a Chrome OS-style shortcut that searches Google, so we would enter http://google.com/ into the location box.

However, you can enter anything you want here. If you wanted to search Bing or DuckDuckGo, you could enter their website addresses. You could even have the key open a program, a folder on your computer, or another website – it’s up to you.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Name the shortcut whatever you like – this part doesn’t matter. We’ll name it Search Google.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Right-click the shortcut you just created and select Properties.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Click the Shortcut key box and press the Caps Lock key. You’ll see “F10” (or whatever other key you remapped the Caps Lock key to) appear in the box. Click OK to save your changes.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Whenever you press the Caps Lock key, the Google search page will open and you can immediately start typing a search query.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

If you would like to undo these changes, you can open SharpKeys, delete the key mapping, and click “Write to Registry.” Your Caps Lock key will behave normally after you log out or restart your computer. You can then delete the shortcut you created.

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Are you looking to make the leap to Chrome OS? If so, there are some things you need to know before making the switch. Most likely, you’re coming to Chrome OS from a Mac or Windows PC. Chrome OS is a bit different since it’s a primarily cloud-based operating system. This means some of your previous ideas about required hardware specs go out the window. In addition, you don’t need nearly as much built-in storage as you’ll store most files in the cloud.

Finally, some of the keyboard shortcuts and apps you’re used to may need slight adjustments when moving to Chrome OS. The good news is once you get things set up properly, Chrome OS is easy and fun to use.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know to make the switch to a new Chromebook.

Understand required specs for Chrome OS

Chromebooks can get by with a fairly low-powered CPU. For Chromebooks under $300, aim for an Intel Celeron processor, preferably the newer N5000 although an N4020 or N4010 are also solid options. There are also excellent ARM processor options such as the MediaTek Helio P60T or MediaTek MT8173C.

While the CPUs at this price point are not high-powered, they’re very battery efficient. You should expect to get excellent battery life with any of these options. If you’re spending more than $600 on a Chromebook, focus solely on Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors. Look for 10th- or 11th-generation processors, with consideration for 8th or 9th generation processors if the discount is significant.

Most modern Chromebooks come with 4 GB of RAM at a minimum. Some older models still feature 2 GB of RAM, but we don’t recommend devices with less than 4 GB of RAM. If you buy a Chromebook with 2 GB of RAM, you’ll notice that opening several browser tabs will cause your device to become sluggish. Of course, you can find Chromebooks with significantly more than 4 GB of RAM as well. Determining how much RAM you need comes down to how you’ll use your Chromebook on a daily basis.

It’s important to realize the price will generally go up as you increase the amount of RAM you require. Most Chromebooks under $300 will feature 4 GB, with exceptional deals occasionally featuring 8 GB. If you’re buying a Chromebook over $300, it’s ideal to look for a model that has 8 GB if possible. Overall, 4 GB of RAM is enough for a Chromebook, but 8 GB is ideal.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Many budget Chromebooks start at 32GB of eMMc storage. At the end of the day, 32GB of storage is just not enough for a Chromebook in 2021, unless you’re only using cloud storage. Otherwise, the minimum storage you should consider on your Chromebook is 64GB. There are quite a few excellent options under $300 that feature 64GB SSD storage. Those looking to use a Chromebook as their primary computing device should opt for a minimum 128GB of storage.

Keep in mind that 128GB options are likely to cost over $400, so these will not fall into the budget Chromebook category. The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 (pictured above) is a good example of a Chromebook featuring all of these ideal specs.

Galaxy Chromebook 2

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    With the Galaxy Chromebook 2, Samsung removed a few premium features but also drastically reduced the price. As the first Chromebook with a QLED display, this machine still packs plenty of power and style for most users.
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Choose a cloud storage solution

Moving to Chrome OS means committing to cloud storage at some level. If you can, it’s nice to move absolutely everything to a cloud storage solution. Those that feel a complete move to the cloud sounds scary should opt for more built-in storage when they select a Chromebook. There are several excellent cloud storage services out there, but Google Drive makes the most sense. Of course, if you’re already locked into Dropbox, Box, or Microsoft OneDrive, these are all accessible on your Chromebook as well.

Before you make the move to a Chromebook, back up all your files to your chosen cloud service. This may require a small subscription fee if you have a lot of files to store, but in the end the simplicity and ease of use make it worth the cost. Using a cloud service also allows access to your files across all of your devices, not just your Chromebook.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

ปุ่ม Caps Lock นั้นล้าสมัยและไม่มีประโยชน์เป็นส่วนใหญ่ คนส่วนใหญ่จะเรียกมันโดยไม่ตั้งใจเท่านั้น Google แทนที่ปุ่ม Caps Lock ด้วยคีย์ค้นหาบน Chromebooks และคุณสามารถทำสิ่งเดียวกันบน Windows.

มีวิธีที่จะทำสิ่งนี้กับ AutoHotkey แต่เราจะแสดงวิธีทำโดยไม่ต้องใช้ซอฟต์แวร์ของ บริษัท อื่นที่ทำงานในพื้นหลัง.

หากวิธีนี้ไม่มีประโยชน์กับคุณและคุณเพียงต้องการกำจัดปุ่ม Caps Lock ของคุณคุณสามารถปิดการใช้งานปุ่ม Caps Lock ได้ทั้งหมด.

ทำการแมปแคปล็อค

แม้ว่าคุณจะใช้ AutoHotkey ในการทำเช่นนี้ปุ่ม Caps Lock จะไม่ทำงานหากคุณเชื่อมโยงเหตุการณ์ด้วย เป็นการดีที่สุดที่จะทำการแมปปุ่ม Caps Lock ไปยังปุ่มอื่นทั้งหมด เมื่อคุณกดปุ่ม Caps Lock บนแป้นพิมพ์คอมพิวเตอร์ของคุณจะทำงานเหมือนกับว่าคุณกดคีย์อื่น.

คุณสามารถทำได้โดยการแมปคีย์ใหม่ด้วยตนเองในรีจิสตรี – อันที่จริงแล้วเราได้อธิบายว่าการรีแม็พคีย์รีจิสตรี้ทำงานอย่างไร แต่คุณสามารถทำได้เร็วขึ้นด้วยยูทิลิตี้คีย์ remapping บุคคลที่สาม เราจะใช้ SharpKeys ซึ่งคุณสามารถดาวน์โหลดได้ฟรี.

ติดตั้ง SharpKeys เปิดและคลิกปุ่มเพิ่มเพื่อเพิ่มการแมปคีย์ใหม่.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

แม็ปคีย์“ พิเศษ: Caps Lock” กับคีย์ที่คุณไม่ได้ใช้ ตัวอย่างเช่นมีคนน้อยมากที่ใช้ปุ่ม F10 สำหรับทุกอย่างดังนั้นเราจะจับคู่ Caps Lock กับ“ Function: F10” หากคุณใช้ F10 คุณอาจต้องการเลือกปุ่ม F อื่นที่คุณไม่เคยใช้.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

คลิกที่ปุ่มเขียนถึงรีจิสทรีและ SharpKeys จะเขียนคีย์ remapping ไปยังรีจิสทรีเพื่อให้งานสกปรกสำหรับคุณ.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

คุณจะต้องออกจากระบบและลงชื่อเข้าใช้ใหม่ (หรือรีสตาร์ทคอมพิวเตอร์) เพื่อให้การเปลี่ยนแปลงมีผล.

สร้างทางลัดการค้นหา

ตอนนี้เราจะต้องสร้างทางลัดที่เราสามารถเรียกใช้ด้วยปุ่ม F10 สิ่งนี้สามารถอยู่บนเดสก์ท็อปหรือในเมนู Start ของคุณ – เปิดโฟลเดอร์ Desktop ของคุณใน Windows Explorer หรือเปิดเมนู Start ของคุณคลิกขวาที่ All Programs แล้วเลือก Open เพื่อเปิดโฟลเดอร์โปรแกรมของเมนู Start ใน Windows Explorer.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

เรากำลังสร้างทางลัดสไตล์ Chrome OS ที่ค้นหา Google ดังนั้นเราจะเข้าไป http://google.com/ ลงในช่องตำแหน่ง.

อย่างไรก็ตามคุณสามารถป้อนสิ่งที่คุณต้องการที่นี่ หากคุณต้องการค้นหา Bing หรือ DuckDuckGo คุณสามารถป้อนที่อยู่เว็บไซต์ของพวกเขาได้ คุณอาจมีกุญแจเปิดโปรแกรมโฟลเดอร์ในคอมพิวเตอร์ของคุณหรือเว็บไซต์อื่น – มันขึ้นอยู่กับคุณ.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

ตั้งชื่อทางลัดตามที่คุณต้องการส่วนนี้ไม่สำคัญ เราจะตั้งชื่อมัน ค้นหาด้วย Google.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

คลิกที่ปุ่มทางลัดกล่องและกดปุ่ม Caps Lock คุณจะเห็น“ F10” (หรือคีย์อื่นใดที่คุณทำการแมปคีย์ Caps Lock ไป) ปรากฏขึ้นในกล่อง คลิกตกลงเพื่อบันทึกการเปลี่ยนแปลงของคุณ.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

เมื่อใดก็ตามที่คุณกดปุ่ม Caps Lock หน้าการค้นหาของ Google จะเปิดขึ้นและคุณสามารถเริ่มพิมพ์ข้อความค้นหาได้ทันที.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

หากคุณต้องการยกเลิกการเปลี่ยนแปลงเหล่านี้คุณสามารถเปิด SharpKeys ลบการแมปคีย์และคลิก“ เขียนไปที่รีจิสทรี” ปุ่ม Caps Lock ของคุณจะทำงานตามปกติหลังจากคุณออกจากระบบหรือรีสตาร์ทคอมพิวเตอร์ จากนั้นคุณสามารถลบทางลัดที่คุณสร้างขึ้น.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

One of the most frustrating things about technology is getting used to a new device’s quirks, especially when it means having to relearn basic tasks.

For those who are unfamiliar with the various quirks of a Chromebook, and want to turn on the caps lock feature, know that there is no caps lock key.

So, here’s what you’ll need to do to use the simple, but seemingly hidden, caps lock feature.

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How to turn on and off the caps lock feature on a Chromebook

Since Chromebooks don’t have a dedicated caps lock key, like some other computers do, you’ll have to use a keyboard shortcut to turn on the caps lock feature.

To turn on caps lock: Hold down ALT and the search key (which has a magnifying glass icon on it) — this will make a confirmation message appear in the bottom-right corner of your screen.

To turn off caps lock: Hit the Shift key, or repeat the keyboard shortcut for turning on caps lock.

Alternatively, you can also opt to change the behavior of another key on your keyboard, by going into your Chromebook’s settings, which you can access in the bottom-right corner of the screen via the gear icon.

In your Settings, select the “Device” tab in the left sidebar, then select “Keyboard” and change your key bindings.

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The caps lock button is standard on computer keyboards like Mac and Windows. Did you notice while using a Chromebook that there isn’t a dedicated key on the keyboard? Well then, how the heck does one enable and disable cap locks on a Chromebook? How else are you supposed to pretend to shout at people on the internet? Fret not; we’ve got it covered.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Let’s look at the caps lock feature on the Chromebook and how you’ll be able to access it.

Enable/Disable Caps Lock

While it’s not evident, you can still use caps lock while on your Chromebook. It’s easy to accomplished with a keyboard shortcut combination.

  • Just press the alt + search keys. The search key is the one with the magnifying glass on it. That’s all there is to it. Easy enough.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

You’ll also see an alert pop up at the bottom right of your Chromebook screen that lets you know you’ve enabled the caps lock function. Also, if you click on the area where your Google user photo is displayed, you’ll see an arrow pointing up saying that CAPS LOCK is on.

Why Google decided to make the caps lock function a mystery to us all, we’ve no idea. Maybe they just wanted to make the internet a more polite place, one Chromebook at a time, but it will probably remain a mystery.

Disabling the caps lock function on your Chromebook is just as easy as enabling it. Just press the Alt + search keys again. There you go. Now that you know how to toggle it on or off, you can use caps lock to your heart’s content on your Chromebook.

Set a Shortcut Key

In addition to using a keyboard shortcut, you can also set a specified key as the default caps lock key on your Chromebook’s keyboard, for those early mornings when hitting two keys at once takes too much coordination. If you’d like to enable that, here’s how:

  • Click on the bottom right side, where your Google profile picture is displayed.
  • Then, click on Settings and scroll down to where it says Device.
  • Next, click on the Keyboard Settings button. In Keyboard Settings, go to where it says Caps lock.
  • Click on the drop-down menu. Then, select the key you’d like to use as the default Caps Lock key on your Chromebook’s keyboard. Just make sure you don’t set it to a key you need to use a lot, or that could get really awkward really fast.
  • Finally, select the OK button when you’re done making your selection.

Now you know how to use caps lock on a Chromebook. You can either use the shortcut keys Alt + search (the magnifying glass) or set up your own shortcut key to act as the default caps lock key. Once you’re used to your Chromebook’s keyboard, it’ll be like second nature to you.

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Sometimes abbreviated as CAPS and CAPSLK, Caps Lock is a toggle key on a computer keyboard, that when pressed, causes all letters typed to be in uppercase. For example, when Caps Lock is enabled, the typed letters appear "LIKE THIS." When disabled, they appear "like this." The picture shows keyboard LEDs that indicate whether or not the various toggle keys are enabled. In this example, the blue LED indicates that Caps Lock is enabled.

Some keyboards (like those produced by Apple) the Caps Lock LED indicator built into the key itself.

When engaging others on the Internet, all uppercase characters are considered improper etiquette as most readers interpret them as YELLING.

Where is the Caps Lock key on the keyboard?

Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the Caps Lock key highlighted in blue.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Google Chromebooks do not have a Caps Lock key like what is shown in this picture. See where is the Caps Lock on a Google Chromebook section for further information.

How to enable and disable Caps Lock

To activate Caps Lock, press the key once. The indicator LED for Caps Lock should come on to show that it is enabled. To disable, turn off, or unlock the Caps Lock key, press the key again. The indicator LED for Caps Lock should turn off to show that it is disabled.

Where is the Caps Lock on smartphones and tablets?

The Caps Lock function on the default keyboards included with smartphones and tablets works differently than the keyboard key. If you want to type in all caps on a phone or tablet, double-tap the key that looks like an up arrow. If done properly, the arrow has an underline and remains active until tapped again.

The picture shows the up arrow next to the letter "Z."

Where is the Caps Lock on a Google Chromebook?

On Google Chromebooks, the Caps Lock key is replaced with the Search Key. To turn Caps Lock on and off, press the Alt key and Search Key at the same time. See our Search Key page for further information and an example of this key.

What is the purpose of the Caps Lock key?

The Caps Lock key is a toggle key that allows you to switch the letters on your keyboard from lowercase to uppercase. For example, if you press the Caps Lock key to enable Caps Lock, every letter you type on the keyboard will be automatically capitalized until you press it again to disable it.

In the Windows Narrator program, the Caps Lock key is known as the "Narrator key" and is used in conjunction with other keys to perform Narrator shortcuts.

Should I use "CapsLock" or "Caps Lock" in my writing?

Both "CapsLock" and "Caps Lock" are correct. The Microsoft Manual of Style and Computer Hope uses "Caps Lock" with a space and capital "C" and capital "L." However, many PC keyboards use "CapsLock" with no space.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Several methods can change between lowercase and uppercase on a computer, smartphone, tablet, and other computing devices. Below we cover each ways of changing the case of text.

Change lowercase to uppercase on a computer

While typing, you can modify the case of any text by pressing either the Caps Lock or Shift . If you need to alter the case of text that has already been typed, skip to the convert the case section.

Capitalize everything that is typed

The Caps Lock key is a toggle key, which means when it’s pressed, everything you type is going to be in UPPERCASE until you press the Caps Lock key again. If you want to type in all uppercase, the Caps Lock key can be used. However, keep in mind that in many situations, typing in all caps is bad etiquette.

Capitalize one letter at a time

To change the capitalization one letter at a time, press and hold either the left or right Shift , then press the letter you want to be capitalized. Using the Shift key is the most common method of creating a capital letter on a computer.

Changing between lowercase and uppercase on a smartphone or tablet

On smartphones and tablets, there is no Caps Lock key or Shift key. To uppercase (capitalize) a letter on these devices, press the up arrow on the on-screen keyboard and then the letter you want to be capitalized.

The picture is an example of the Apple iPhone on-screen keyboard with the Caps up arrow key in black to indicate it is active.

If you want to type in all caps on a phone or tablet, double-tap the up arrow. If done properly, the arrow has an underline and remains active until tapped again.

If you need to alter the case of text that has already been typed, skip to the convert the case section.

Changing the case on a Google Chromebook

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

For capitalizing one letter at a time, the Google Chromebook works like all other computers. Press and hold either the left or right Shift and while continuing to hold the Shift key press the letter you want caps. Using the Shift key is the most common method of creating a capital letter on a computer.

Where the Google Chromebook is different from other keyboards is the Search Key, which replaces the Caps Lock key as shown in the picture.

To turn Caps Lock on and off on a Google Chromebook press the Alt and Search at the same time.

If you need to modify the case of text that has already been typed, skipped to the convert the case section.

How to convert the case of text that has already been typed

There are also some programs that support the ability to change the case of text that has already been typed. For example, in Microsoft Word, you can highlight text and press the keyboard shortcut Shift + F3 to change between lowercase, uppercase, and proper case. Click the link below for the program you want to convert the case.

Whilst we are waiting for a suitable fix which sounds like it is not as simple as it initially was thought to be and also variable between OS, is it not possible to simply add some text to the pop up password entry window saying something like:
'Passwords are case sensitive, check 'Caps Lock' status before entering password.'

It does not meet the request for the 'Caps Lock' warning to be only triggered when 'Caps Lock' is enabled.
But it will prompt users to check before entering password.
So it is really just a reminder to jog the memory to check the current status of a 'Caps Lock'.
This does not depend upon any special checking codes and should be fast to implement.

Is there any reason why this workaround cannot be implemented to be included in the next release?

Comment 66

(In reply to Anje from comment #65)

Whilst we are waiting for a suitable fix which sounds like it is not as simple as it initially was thought to be and also variable between OS,

Of course it would be. The mechanism for detecting whether caps lock is on naturally isn't going to be the same across all platforms. Moreover, all GUI applications make use of OS-specific APIs, either directly or indirectly.

is it not possible to simply add some text to the pop up password entry window saying something like:
'Passwords are case sensitive, check 'Caps Lock' status before entering password.'

Hmm. Passwords are usually case-sensitive but aren't always. The browser has no way of knowing. It's also possible that the input is for a purely numeric passcode/PIN, in which case a message like this would look a bit silly.

Comment 67

re: The mechanism for detecting whether caps lock is on naturally isn't going to be the same across all platforms.
I know, hence why it was mentioned and possible reason for delays in resolution.

re : Passwords are usually case-sensitive but aren't always. The browser has no way of knowing.
I'm talking about Thunderbird email client not Firefox Browser.
Maybe I'm not using the correct bug report or is this bug report something that is pertinent to both?

Perhaps changing the wording to satisfy issue.
eg: 'Passwords may be case sensitive, check 'Caps Lock' status before entering password.'

This does not mean switch off Caps Lock it means check it's status as it may effect the password you are entering.

Comment 68

(In reply to Anje from comment #67)

I'm talking about Thunderbird email client not Firefox Browser.
Maybe I'm not using the correct bug report or is this bug report something that is pertinent to both?

It would be equally relevant to both. I just naturally assumed it to be talking about the browser, but see now that it's filed against Core and is about password fields generally, not any particular kind of them. So it looks to me like you've come to the right place.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

I am sure most of us have been through situations where we enter a password, but the system rejects it, repeatedly. Then we realize it’s our fault, as we didn’t notice that the Caps Lock key was on.

Is there a way to avoid such situations? For Ubuntu/Linux, you can use a key lock indicator to display your key lock status on screen. Here we show you two such tools: Lock-Keys and Keyboard Modifiers Status extensions.

1. Lock-Keys Extension

The lock-keys tool is basically a Gnome extension tool that is primarily designed for keyboards that do not have the lock key LED lights.

It works by simulating the key locks, showing an indicator on the Desktop and a status on Ubuntu top bar.

The tool also allows users to toggle the state of the lock keys with mouse clicks, something that could also be really helpful in scenarios where the keyboard starts malfunctioning.

Also read: GNOME Shell Review: Minimal Desktop with Great Performance

Install and Configuration

We are going to use the gnome-extensions to enable the lock-keys tool.

For this, we need to install various requirements. Launch the terminal and enter the command:

Once we have the Gnome shell extensions installed, we can proceed and add the lock-key indicator tool.

Launch the Firefox browser and navigate to the lock-keys download page.

On the download page, Firefox requires you to install the browser extension which allows you to install gnome extensions straight from the browser.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Click continue to installation and allow to install the browser extension, then refresh the browser window with an On/Off Button.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Fix Host Connector Error!

In some instances, you may encounter an error indicating that the host connector is not detected.

To fix this, you need to install the chrome-gnome-shell. Use the command

Note: if you refresh the browser window and still get a host connector error, try logging out and back in again.

Install Lock Keys Extension

The final step is to install the lock keys extension. In the browser window, simply click the on switch to activate the extension.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

This will ask you whether you want to install the extension. Click install to proceed with the installation process.

Configure Keys

Once the installation is completed, you should see the lock keys enabled and available in the top bar.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

You should now get an indicator showing when the keys are enabled or disabled.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

If you do not want the indicator icons on the top bar, you can turn them off by configuring the extension settings.

Start by opening the gnome-extensions tool from Ubuntu applications.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Next, select the lock keys option and click on the settings icon.

Finally, set the indicator style to notifications only. This will remove the top bar icons and only show the key toggles on the screen.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

2. Keyboard Modifiers Status

You may get errors or the Lock keys extension may not work depending on the distribution you are running or the Gnome version.

An alternative solution is to use the Keyboard Modifier Status tool.

Similarly, toggle the On/Off option to activate the extension.

Once the extension is installed, you should have the key indicator enabled and available in the top bar for configuration.

How to turn your caps lock key into a chrome os-style search key

Wrapping Up

Needless to say, lock-keys and keyboard-modifier-status tools are extremely useful tools, especially for those whose keyboard does not have lock key lights. Plus, they are easy to install and use. Also check out these extensions that make your Gnome desktop easier to use.

John is a technical writer at MTE, when is not busy writing tech tutorials, he is staring at the screen trying to debug code.