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[Windows] KeyStatus 1.00

Posted: Thu Nov 23, 2023 5:42 pm
by Little John
Hi all,

some time ago, I bought some notebooks for our office. Overall, they are very good. But unfortunately they do not have a light to indicate whether the Num Lock key is on or off. This can easily lead to accidental input errors. The purpose of my program “KeyStatus” is to display the current status of the Num Lock key and/or the Caps Lock key in the notification area of the Windows taskbar.
KeyStatus is a 64-bit program for Windows. It has been tested on Windows 10 and 11.

Image   Example with dark icons: Num Lock and Caps Lock on
Image   Example with light icons: Num Lock and Caps Lock off

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Thanks to ChrisR for code for a low level keyboaed hook, and thanks to Axolotl for code for making icons visible in the notification area.

License: Free for private and commercial use.
Download from my website

Bug reports, suggestions for improvement etc. are welcome.

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00 beta 1

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2023 9:42 am
by idle
That's a good idea. I often cludge Caplocks on. Will try it in rhe morning

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00 beta 1

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2023 7:34 pm
by Little John
I hope the program is useful for you. :-)

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00 beta 1

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2023 6:06 pm
by OldSkoolGamer
Thanks for this, our newer notebooks don't have the Caps lock either and it's annoying. Was looking to do something similiar, but now I don't need to. :D

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00 beta 1

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2023 7:16 pm
by Kuron
idle wrote: Sun Nov 26, 2023 9:42 am That's a good idea. I often cludge Caplocks on. Will try it in rhe morning
I have that issue, too. It was suggested to me to glue a thumbtack to the caps lock key. :mrgreen:
Generally a dollop of super glue dropped from a toothpick puts an end to capslock issues for me. In all my years, I have never intentionally hit or needed a capslock key.

One thing I love about the Chromebook is no capslock key.

That said, this is a handy utility, as my lappy with a numpad, I always forget to turn on the numlock. One day, I need to figure out how to set it so that it is always on. Nice to have an indicator as to the status. Thank you, Little John.

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00 beta 1

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2023 9:18 pm
by Little John
Thanks to both of you for the feedback! You are welcome.
Kuron wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2023 7:16 pm Generally a dollop of super glue dropped from a toothpick puts an end to capslock issues for me. In all my years, I have never intentionally hit or needed a capslock key.
I also can't recall ever having pressed the Caps Lock key intentionally. I only press it accidentally. :x
Kuron wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2023 7:16 pm One day, I need to figure out how to set it so that it is always on.
That's a great idea :!:
It shouldn't be too hard to add these options to the KeyStatus program:
[  ] Keep Num Lock always on/off
[  ] Keep Caps Lock always on/off

First I want to release the official version 1.00, based on the current beta version.
But this is excellent stuff for version 1.10.
Thank you very much!

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00 beta 1

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2023 9:50 pm
by Kuron
Little John wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2023 9:18 pm Thanks to both of you for the feedback!
You are welcome.

Little John wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2023 9:18 pm I also can't recall ever having pressed the Caps Lock key intentionally. I only press it accidentally. :x
A leftover from old typewriters that was handy on typewriters, but IMHO useless on computers. I often do not look at my screen when typing something long, I only notice I accidentally hit caps lock after I got a paragraph or two typed and its all in caps.

Little John wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2023 9:18 pm It shouldn't be too hard to add these options to the KeyStatus program:
[  ] Keep Num Lock always on/off
[  ] Keep Caps Lock always on/off
There is an old program called Numlocker that handles Num, Caps and Scroll. Not sure how they do it, but am sure there is a registry setting for each.

Re: [Windows] KeyStatus 1.00

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2023 5:39 pm
by Little John
KeyStatus 1.00 released

Changes
  • small change of the text in the “Settings” dialog
  • minor internal tweaks
  • slightly improved documentation
  • improved setup