Full Fix: Caps lock indicator won’t work in Windows 10, 8.1, 7

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Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

A few years back computer companies started to experiment with removing the LED indicator lights from laptops for hard drive activity and Scroll Lock. After that, they moved on to remove the Num Lock the Caps Lock indicator lights. Speaking of Caps Lock, many users reported that Caps Lock indicator isn’t working on their Windows 10 PC.

Caps Lock indicator not working on Windows 10, how to fix it?

Missing Caps Lock indicator is a minor problem, but some users like to have a visual indicator that shows them whether Caps Lock is activated or not. Speaking of Caps Lock indicator, in this article we’re going to cover the following topics:

  • Caps Lock indicator on screen – Some users prefer Caps Lock indicator on their display. This is relatively simple to achieve, and the best way to do it is to use a third-party software.
  • Asus Caps Lock indicator – Sometimes your Caps Lock indicator on Asus laptop can become missing. To fix this problem, be sure to reinstall on-screen software that came with your laptop.
  • Caps Lock indicator Windows 10 Lenovo, Acer – This issue can also affect both Lenovo and Acer devices. If you have this problem, be sure to check your keyboard settings and reinstall the keyboard software.
  • Wireless keyboard Caps Lock indicator not working – If the Caps Lock indicator isn’t working on your wireless keyboard, the issue might be your drivers, so be sure to update them.
  • Caps Lock indicator not showing Windows 10 – Many users reported that Caps Lock indicator isn’t showing on Windows 10. This can be caused by a problematic update, so be sure to remove any recent updates.
  • Caps Lock indicator taskbar, tray icon – If you want to have a Caps Lock indicator on your Taskbar or as a tray icon, you’ll have to use a third-party solution to achieve that.

Solution 1 – Change Ease of Access settings

1. Click the Start button and head over to Settings -> Ease of Access.

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

2. From the left navigation bar select Keyboard.

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

3. On the right, enable Hear a tone when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock under Toggle Keys.

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

Now, each time you activate Caps Lock, Num Lock and Scroll Lock your computer will play a notification sound, and it will also play a different one when you turn off these features by pressing the keys again.


Solution 2 – Enable CAPS lock indicator using TrayStatus

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

TrayStatus is a small application developed by BinaryFortress that places indicator icons directly into the taskbar. TrayStatus supports icons for Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock, but can also display the status of the CTRL, ALT, SHIFT and WINDOWS keys. In addition to these, you can also have an indicator icon for hard drive activity.

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

The application is very lightweight, taking less than 4 MB of space from your system drive without increasing Windows’ boot time if you enable it to run at startup. You can download TrayStatus from their official website by clicking here.


Solution 3 – Enable CAPS lock indicator using Keyboard Indicator

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

Keyboard Indicator is a small application, similar to TrayStatus. It was initially developed for Windows XP, Vista and 7 but it also works fine on Windows 8.1 and 10. Even though I recommend you first try TrayStatus as it officially supports Windows 10, Keyboard Indicator offers a lot more options.

For example, by default, when you press Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock, you’ll get an icon inside the taskbar that changes status, exactly like TrayStatus does. However, Keyboard Indicator will also give you a toast notification and will play a notification sound, making sure you never miss activating one of these functions.

Caps lock indicator not working in Windows 10

Also, Keyboard Indicator offers lots of customization options, from the font size and color to the position and time duration of the toast animation, and even allows you to customize the text it displays. The only downside of Keyboard Indicator is the fact that you can get indicators only for Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock.

If Keyboard Indicator is the application you want to try, you can download it from its official website, found here.


Solution 4 – Remove the problematic updates

If Caps Lock indicator isn’t working on your PC, the problem might be a recent update. Windows 10 tends to automatically install updates, and sometimes a certain update can cause this problem to appear. If this problem started recently, you might be able to fix it simply by removing the latest update.

To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows Key + I shortcut.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
    Caps Lock indicator Windows 10 Lenovo
  3. Now click on View install update history.
    Wireless keyboard Caps Lock indicator not working
  4. Select Uninstall updates.
    Caps Lock indicator not showing Windows 10
  5. Now locate the most recent update and double click it to remove it.
    Caps Lock indicator taskbar

Once you remove the update, check if the problem still appears. If not, it means that the update caused the problem. We also have to mention that Windows 10 will try to install the same update again, and that will cause the issue to reappear. However, you can prevent that from happening by blocking certain Windows updates.


Solution 5 – Check if your keyboard is faulty

Sometimes the missing Caps Lock indicator can be a sign of faulty keyboard. The best way to check your keyboard is to enter BIOS and see if the LED light is working. Alternatively, you can connect the keyboard to a different PC and see if the issue is still present.

Even if the Caps Lock indicator isn’t working, the problem is most likely a bad LED, and if your keyboard is working properly without the Caps Lock indicator, there’s no need to replace the keyboard.


Solution 6 – Turn on Toggle Keys and change accessibility settings

If you want a visual indicator that your Caps Lock key is pressed, you might want to turn on Toggle Keys. This allows you to have a visual notification whenever Caps Lock key is pressed. To enable this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Ease of Access section.
  2. Select Keyboard from the menu on the left and then enable Toggle Keys option.
    Caps Lock indicator on screen
  3. Now go to Other options section and choose the desired option for Visual notifications for sound.
    Asus Caps Lock indicator

After doing that, your active window or screen will flash whenever you press Caps Lock. This effect doesn’t look visually appealing, but at least you’ll receive both audio and visual notification whenever you press Caps Lock.


Solution 7 – Change your keyboard settings

You can sometimes fix the problem with Caps Lock indicator simply by changing your keyboard settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter control panel. Select Control Panel from the list of results.
    Caps Lock indicator not showing Windows 10
  2. When Control Panel opens, select Devices and Printers from the menu.
    Caps Lock indicator on screen
  3. Right click your PC from the list of files and choose Keyboard settings from the menu.
    Asus Caps Lock indicator
  4. Mouse and Keyboard center will now open. Select Click here to change Microsoft keyboard settings.
  5. Scroll down to the Caps Lock and click it. Now enable Display Caps Lock status on the screen.

After doing that, you should see a Caps Lock indicator on your PC whenever you press Caps Lock. Keep in mind that this solution is intended for Lenovo devices, and if you don’t own a Lenovo device, this solution won’t apply to you.

If you have a Lenovo device, you can also try to fix the problem by installing Lenovo Power Management driver. Several users reported that their problem was fixed after installing this driver, so you might want to try that.


Solution 8 – Reinstall Lenovo On Screen Display

If Caps Lock indicator isn’t working in Windows 10, the problem might be Lenovo On Screen Display software. Issues with this software can occur, and in order to fix the problem, it’s advised to reinstall Lenovo On Screen Display. There are several ways to do it, but the best way is to use an uninstaller software.

If you’re not familiar, uninstaller software is a special application that can remove any program from your PC. In addition to removing the application, uninstaller software will also remove all files and registry entries associated with that application. This will ensure that the application is completely removed and it will also fix any issues caused by the application.

There are many solid uninstaller applications available, but Revo Uninstaller, Ashampoo Uninstaller, and IOBit Uninstaller offer the most features, and they will be able to uninstall any application using one of these tools.

After you remove Lenovo On Screen Display, reinstall it again and check if the problem is resolved. If you’re using a different laptop brand, be sure to check for similar software and reinstall it.


Solution 9 – Install the latest updates

If you’re having problems with Caps Lock indicator, the issue might be caused by missing updates. However, you can fix this problem simply by updating Windows to the latest version. By default, Windows 10 automatically installs the missing updates, but sometimes you might miss an important update due to certain bugs. However, you can check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section.
  2. Now click the Check for updates button. Windows will now check for available updates and download them in the background. After the updates are downloaded, they will be installed as soon as you restart your PC.
    Wireless keyboard Caps Lock indicator not working

Several users reported that installing the latest updates fixed the problem for them, so you might want to try that.

Problems with Caps Lock indicator usually aren’t serious, but if you’re having any problems, feel free to try any of our solutions.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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