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How to turn off Caps Lock on Chromebook?

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If you are using a Chromebook, you may have noticed that it doesn’t have a Caps Lock key like most other keyboards. Instead, Chromebooks have a Search key that takes its place, which can be confusing for users accustomed to the traditional Caps Lock key.

If you are someone who is used to using the Caps Lock key and is facing problems while working on a Chromebook, we’ve got you covered. Turning off the Caps Lock key in Chromebook is easier than you might think. In this article, we’ll walk you through various methods to turn off Caps Lock on your Chromebook.

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Turn off Caps Lock on Chromebook: 2 ways

There are two ways to turn off Caps Lock on Chromebook. We’ll explore them one by one:

Using the keyboard shortcut

Chromebook offers a multitude of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to perform various functions on your device. The easiest way to turn off Caps Lock on Chromebook is by using keyboard shortcuts.

  • Press Alt + Search keys on your Chromebook to turn on Caps Lock.
  • Press the keys again to turn off Caps Lock.

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Bind the Search key to the Caps Lock

In Chromebook, you can bind specific functionalities to the Search key. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1: Click on the time at the bottom right corner of your screen and select the gear icon to open Settings.

Step 2: Select Device and then Keyboard.

Step 3: Change the keyboard shortcuts as you desire. For example, click Search to open the drop-down menu and then select Caps Lock to change the functionality.

Once you have changed the functionality of the Search key, you can use it just like you would on any other keyboard.

Why don’t Chromebooks have a dedicated Caps Lock key?

There are a few reasons why there is no Caps Lock key on a Chromebook:

  • Chromebooks are designed for simplicity: Chromebooks are meant to be easy to use and having dedicated keys will make the keyboard cluttered.
  • Caps Lock is not as commonly used: Chromebooks are basically designed to use for light social media and internet usage. People do not generally use Caps Lock on social media and instant messaging platforms and prefer to type in lowercase.
  • Chromebooks provide an alternative to Caps Lock key: It is not that no Caps Lock will hamper your ability to type in uppercase. You can use shortcuts like Alt + Search to use Caps Lock on Chromebook.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: