On Windows 11 (and 10), you can add a Caps Lock indicator for the keyboard without a visual queue to indicate when caps are turned on, and in this guide, I’ll show you how.
I’ve been using a Tenkeyless (TKL) mechanical keyboard for a long time, and while I like the typing experience and the RBG lighting, the keyboard lacks an indicator to let me know when caps are turned on. After doing some research, I have found many different applications, from free to paid, but the “CapsLockIndicator” has stood out to me since it’s simple to use and free.
CapsLockIndicator is an open-source project from GitHub that can add an indicator when the caps, num, or scroll are locked. You can also customize various settings and change the iconography.
In this guide, I will teach you how to add a Caps Lock indicator to the Taskbar on Windows 11, but these instructions will also apply to Windows 10.
Warning: It’s important to know this is a third-party software that works as expected, but it doesn’t include any guarantees, so use it at your own risk.
Add Caps Lock indicator to Taskbar
To add a Caps Lock indicator to the Taskbar on Windows 11, use these steps:
Open CapsLock Indicator GitHub page.
Click the latest “.exe” file under the “Assets” section to save the file on your computer.
Quick tip: It’s best to download the file to a new folder in another location other than the “Downloads” folder since the application doesn’t require installation.
Double-click the file to launch the application.
Check the Caps lock option in the “Show icons for” section.
Quick note: You can also show lock indicators the “Num” and “Scroll.”
Check the “Caps lock changed” option in the “Show notification when” section.
Check the “Start on logon” option.
(Optional) Click the Notification tab.
Customize the display time, color, and overlay position for the notification.
(Optional) Click the Advanced Options tab.
Click the “Download icon packs” option.
Select one of the available icon packs to replace the default icons.
Open the System Tray icons overflow menu and drag the app icon outside the menu to make it visible (if applicable).
Once you complete the steps, the Caps Lock indicator icon will appear in the Taskbar System Tray, and every time you turn on the caps on the keyboard, you will see an indicator.