For example, why does Apple put a few hundred hidden features into OS X and then not tell Mac users about those features? See what I mean? As another example, what’s the deal with the Mac’s caps lock key? It’s always getting in the way. If that’s the case for you, try this app.
Warnings From The Future
To be fair about my analysis, it can’t be easy to create an operating system and a bunch of apps and multiple levels of hardware products and make it all work the way I want it to work.
Since I slave over a hot keyboard most of the day as a Mac and PC system administrator, troubleshooter, and by night fight crime online, the keyboard is my friend. And foe.
I like to make the function keys function the way I want. I get irritated when I keep hitting a key that should no better than to place itself beneath my fingers.
What to do? What to do? Among the little Mac utilities I’ve collected through the years to enhance my keyboard experience is one you’ve likely never heard, most likely don’t need it anyway, but if you do, then you’ll definitely want it on your Mac.
It’s called CAPS Warn, as in the key to invoke capital letters. The Warn part of the name is an alert to let you know the caps key is locked and on.
Yes, there’s even more than that in CAPS Warn.
Whoa. That’s a lot of settings for something that seems, on the surface anyway, to be rather benign. Caps lock warning. Why all the other options?
CAPS Warn does more than just caps key warning. You get options for the Shift keys, the Num Lock key, and control over modifiers (the keystroke combos that do this or that).
You can set it up exclude certain apps where there’s obviously no need to work about Caps Lock, or Num Lock or anything else. Otherwise, the settings and warnings are comprehensive and granular, but the app’s Preference Pane settings also double as the instructions on how to use CAPS Warn.
If money is something of an object there’s also Capster which costs less, comes with far fewer features, but still gives you a warning when the caps lock key is on. At the free end of the scale there’s Capsee; free, and does just one thing. The caps lock alert.