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Chrome Does Have a Caps-Lock Key After All 391

Posted by timothy
from the who-on-earth-wants-one? dept.
Meshach writes "Amidst all the angst about Google taking away the caps lock key from Chrome it now appears that is not the case. With one small change any user can change the Modifier Key from a Search key to a Caps Lock key. Peace has been restored..." If there must be such a thing as a Caps Lock key on conventional keyboards, I wish it could be banished (along with the Insert/Delete pair) to a hard-to-fumble-upon switch on the bottom of the keyboard or laptop.
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Chrome Does Have a Caps-Lock Key After All

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  • delete key? what? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by citylivin (1250770) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @07:42PM (#34509168)

    You dont use the delete key? how do you delete files? right click?!?

    You do know timothy, that backspace is not delete right?

  • by lawpoop (604919) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @08:13PM (#34509550) Homepage Journal

    I wish it could be banished (along with the Insert/Delete pair) to a hard-to-fumble-upon switch on the bottom of the keyboard or laptop.

    The only thing that will change it make it hard to turn off, so that we'll have users going for months with their caps lock on because they can't find where to switch it back.

  • by Coolhand2120 (1001761) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @08:22PM (#34509648)
    How do you switch your cursor from insert to overwrite mode? How do you delete characters on the right hand side of the cursor? How would you easily delete a line via keyboard (CTRL+DELETE).

    What about ctrl+delete (cut)
    what about ctrl+insert (paste)
    What about CTRL+ALT+DELETE?

    Did you actually think about how others use the keys before you so cavalierly decided to banish a key? And why pick on insert delete when there is so much more low hanging fruit? Why not pick on F9-F12? Scroll lock?! Or the duplicated forward slashes or pipe key? Who uses tilde or grave!? And I guess we couldn't get rid of one set or the other of the windows keys?

    Personally, I cannot dispense with a single key for me or my clients. If I'm on a support call the last thing I want to hear is "I don't have a delete key" –

    “Oh they can right click on the task bar!”

    No! They cannot, there is no taskbar!.
    You might as well upload a virus that prevents you from accessing the windows task manager. Please let's think about the children, they'll be supporting windows XP until they die, let’s give them a easy way to log on to the machine.

    I hope all these forward thinking kids think about the repercussions of their actions before we end up with a crappy cell phone keyboard hooked up to a Cray 32.

  • by joaommp (685612) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @09:10PM (#34510102) Homepage Journal

    "If there must be such a thing as a Caps Lock key on conventional keyboards, I wish it could be banished (along with the Insert/Delete pair) to a hard-to-fumble-upon switch on the bottom of the keyboard or laptop."

    Sorry, I have never been so pissed of in my /. life and I've got to say: "timothy, you're an idiot".

    People that don't use the whole keyboard and key combos have no idea how much productivity they are throwing away. That's one of the thing I hate about mac keyboards and Apple's inability to understand that people have a limited number of fingers.

  • by KarlIsNotMyName (1529477) on Thursday December 09, 2010 @10:57PM (#34510822)

    Seriously. People incapable of using both hands at once, how are they going to manage comfortably typing all the capital letters without caps-lock?

    Too many seem to only think of how they themselves use something an assume the entire world needs only that.

  • by iron-kurton (891451) on Friday December 10, 2010 @04:23AM (#34512168)

    True, I remember the game going black for a second and the start menu popping up, and then thinking "Shit."

    But seriously, one thing Microsoft did get right is that they pretty much reserved the windows-key as a system-wide shortcut key. Start-D (desktop), Start-L (lock), Start-R (run), Start-F (find), Start-E (explorer). I *love* those key bindings.

    Contrast with Mac's F9, F10, F11 and F12 keys. If your program just happens to use one of those keys, you're shit-out-of-luck (as is the case when trying to debug something in Visual Studio in a virtual machine, for example).

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