Update 27 January 2013.
Thank you to everyone for your emails and support of the Caps Lock and MD5 Checker programs. Sorry I have been unable to respond to you all. Many have offered suggestions of how the programs can be improved and requested additional features. I do agree there is plenty of scope for further improvement and development, but unfortunately due to other commitments I no longer have the time to actively develop these programs. I have decided to release the source code under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) licence in the hope that they will be improved and developed further. The programs have been written in Pure Basic (www.purebasic.com).
Caps Lock by George Jopling is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License..
The zip file includes the icons and beep sound file.
April 2011. Caps Lock has been awarded a Software Informer Editor's pick.
A utility program that gives an on-screen display and optional audible indication of the keyboard Caps Lock key state.
Version 4.2.0 of Caps Lock is now available for download.
Thank you for your emails, sorry I have not responded to them all. I have read the comments and feedback and most of what you wanted are included in this new version.
Caps Lock does not contain adware, spyware, malware or any other forms of 'ware'.
New to Version 4.2.0
There are further significant changes to the Caps Lock program code. Behind the scenes changes include: a preference file is generated in the target computer's application data folder. This is a text file that Caps Lock looks for during startup and exit. If it is not found or cannot be read correctly, default settings are loaded during the next program startup. Please look out for these changes. Testing on my computers has all worked fine.
The Caps Lock default settings are...
Please note that if the Save on Exit option is unchecked, Caps Lock will load the default settings each time it is started.
When the Status window is displayed, the Caps Lock and Num Lock check boxes mirror the current status of the corresponding keyboard keys. Click on the check box or press the keyboard keys to change the key status from off to on or vice versa.
System speakers sound is enabled as the default option. Uncheck this if you do not want the beep sound to be heard. Caps Lock 4.2.0 no longer supports motherboard sounds.
Select the number of key presses that you wish to make in between the beep sound. You can do this by clicking on the small up and down arrows to the right of the number. The keyboard keys can also be used to navigate the Status Window options. Press the Tab key to move to the option required, press the Space Bar to select or clear the check boxes and use the up and down arrows on they keyboard to change the Key Count number.
The number of key presses is selectable between 1 and 25. The default setting is 5. Setting the number of key presses to 1 will make the Beep sound on every key press.
Click on the OK button to close the Status window, or click on any other program, desktop area, start button etc. When the Status window loses focus it is the same as if you had clicked on the OK button.
The Caps Lock keyboard key state will then be indicated in the system tray by a green tick for on and a red cross if it is off. Clicking on the Exit button will exit the program.
Hover the cursor over icon will give a tool tip display.
Right click on the System tray icon and then click on the Caps Lock Status menu option to open the Status window again
Due to the changes made in Caps Lock version 4.2.0, only a standard Windows installation Setup file is now available.
As all modern computers have some form of system sounds via a sound device, Caps Lock no longer supports motherboard sounds.
Fluid Byte for his keyboard hooking code example which assisted me in the development of Caps Lock.
The installation program was built using Inno Setup Compiler version 5.4.0(a) (Copyright © 1997-2010 Jordan Russell).
If you have any comments about Caps Lock or spot any errors or bugs, I can be contacted by email using the below link. Thank you to those who have sent feedback about Caps Lock.
Please uninstall any versions of Caps Lock prior to version 4.0.0. and then install version 4.2.0.
Version 4.0.0 users - please close the Caps Lock program (if it is currently running) prior to upgrading and then run the Setup file. Setup will automatically upgrade the files to version 4.2.0.
I have created a standard Windows installation package (tested with Windows 7, Vista and XP).
Setup will place a shortcut link in the all users startup folder (Windows 7, Vista and XP) so that when you start the computer Caps Lock will run automatically.
To check the MD5 Hashes, click here to download my free MD5 Checker Program.
Current Version 4.2.0