Switching Ctrl and Caps Lock in Windows

This is one little quirk that others hate when they use your computer, but I love it. The pinky doesn’t have to stretch as far to reach the oft used ctrl key while the almost useless caps lock key is moved far away where it should be. Again, I am sure you can find this in other places, but now I don’t have to personally look for it anymore.

To do this, it requires meddling in the registry. The registry is a place Windows uses to store common variables for programs. It has the same effect as config files in Linux computers with more power.

Open the registry editor by typing


in the run menu. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

and add a binary entry called

Scancode Map

Modify it so the value is

0000 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0008 03 00 00 00 1D 00 3A 00
0010 3A 00 1D 00 00 00 00 00

The numbers in the left most column represent the place in the binary value so it is easier to navigate. You do not have to enter them.

As always, I take no responsibility if this crashes your system. I am just here to offer advice