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I despise and hate with passion the Capslock key. On linux I always run setxkbmpap -option caps:escape. I wish the same could be done on Windows. I got used to it so much that I find myself from time to time writing catpital letters when I'm on Windows or foreign setup.

My hate for the key came years before I thought about the possibility of remapping it. Similarly, I hate the F1, a key that when accidentally pressed on some windows machines inside programs like excel can steal the focus and leave the computer unusable until it loads the useless help sidebar (when all I wanted was hitting the F2 for editing a cell content).

> I wish the same could be done on Windows

You can:) https://vim.fandom.com/wiki/Map_caps_lock_to_escape_in_Windo...

That page mentions the 'uncap' tool which I have been using for a while. It is excellent. Download the few kb executable from GitHub, launch it once, place it in your startup folder, and it just works forever.

If you don't have admin then you'll need to launch it every boot since you can't put it into the startup folder.

To get to the startup folder, open the start menu, right click on an application (might have to be a windows-included app, like Edge, instead of a 3rd party one), and do 'open in folder', then go up to the Start Menu folder if necessary and then into the startup folder. Google says the path of that is this, but I haven't verified:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Programs / links in there get autorun at boot :)

I haven't tried it but it appears there's a user-specific startup folder which might work without admin: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Hi! Author of Uncap here. I am glad to know that you find it useful. Putting the executable in the startup folder is how I use this tool too.

I use autohotkey...

This is a bit older than my current bindings, but this does 3 useful bindings


CapsLock = Esc

Alt-J = Down Arrow

Alt-K = Up Arrow

this is super useful in non vim editors that support vim bindings, and the browser with vimium. The arrow keys are for where you get a dropdown list and don't want to touch your arrow keys. In Visual Studio where I use vim keybindings ( using VsVim ) a lot of refactorings / auto complete gives dropdown options and this gives an easy way to select them without leaving your homerow.

Yes, technically it's possible, but it is too complex and too permanent to run on every machine and server I log into. Perhaps I should set those registry keys on my own Windows VM though. Thanks for the reference.

buy a keyboard that lets you customize keybindings. my anne pro cost me probably less than $50 and there are many other (better!) choices out there

You can do that on windows, in some way. I've got it setup like that (former caps lock key acts like control), but I don't remember exactly what the setting was.

It's a registry edit, but SharpKeys is a small GUI for editing that part of the registry: https://github.com/randyrants/sharpkeys

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