How to Turn off the Caps Lock on Screen Notifications in Windows 10?

Your system may show the caps lock notification if the notification is enabled in the settings of your display adapter. Moreover, OEM applications (like Logitech Setpoint) may also trigger the current behavior.

The user sees a notification (usually, in the middle of the screen or right-bottom) on the display of his system which changes the focus window (as a result a game may come out of the full-screen mode or the typing in a word document may stop).

Caps Lock on Screen Notification in Windows 10

Before proceeding to turn off screen Caps Lock notification, check if rebooting your system sorts out the problem. Also, check if you can use a toggle key (e.g., Fn>>F8) to disable the caps lock notification. You may also check if the issue persists if another keyboard (or On-Screen Keyboard) is used.

Solution 1: Edit the Display Adapter Properties

The Caps lock notification may pop up on the screen if the display adapter is configured to show the notification when the caps lock is enabled/disabled. In this context, disabling the caps lock notification in the adapter properties may solve the problem. But keep in mind this option may not be available to all users.

  1. Hit the Windows key & open Settings.
  2. Now select System & open Advanced Display Settings.
    Open Advanced Display Settings
  3. Then click on Display Adapter Properties & steer to the Screen Configuration tab.
    Open Display Adapter Properties
  4. Now uncheck ‘Enable On-Screen Display‘ & apply your changes.
    Uncheck Enable On-Screen Display
  5. Then reboot your PC & check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

Solution 2: Edit the Keyboard and Ease of Access Settings

The on-screen notification of caps lock may be shown if your keyboard (or Ease of Access) is configured to show the notification when the caps lock is enabled/disabled. In this case, disabling the caps lock notification in the keyboard (or Ease of Access setting) may solve the problem. But these settings may not be available to all users due to different OEMs.

Edit the Keyboard Settings

  1. Hit the Windows key & type: Control Panel and then open it.
  2. Now change the View by to Large Icons & open Keyboard.
    Change View By to Large Icons and Open Keyboard
  3. Then steer to the Key Settings tab & double-click on Caps Lock.
  4. Now uncheck ‘Displays Caps Lock Status on Screen’ & reboot your PC.
  5. Upon reboot, check if the system is clear of the caps lock notification.

Edit the Ease of Access Settings

  1. Launch the Control Panel and open Ease of Access.
    Open Ease of Access in the Control Panel
  2. Then click on Ease of Access Center & open Make it Easier to Focus on Tasks.
    Make it Easier to Focus on Tasks
  3. Now, checkmark Turn Off All Unnecessary Animations (When Possible). Disabling animations may not disable the notification but it may stop the changing of the focus window (e.g., it will not bring you out of a gaming window).
    Enable Turn Off All Unnecessary Animations (When Possible)
  4. Then reboot your PC & check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

Solution 3: Clean Boot Your PC

If the above solutions did not work for you, then the issue is most probably caused by an OEM utility (which may be pre-loaded with the system). You may boot your system into the safe mode & then check if the Caps lock notification is received. If the issue does not appear, then you may perform a clean boot of your PC & check if the Caps lock notification appears. If not, then you may enable the disabled processes/applications (during the clean boot process) one by one till you find the problematic one. Once found, then you may try the solutions discussed later in this article to sort out the problem but keep in mind the mileage may vary from user to user due to different OEMs and utilities.

Following is the list of applications/utilities reported by the users to create the issue:

  1. Photkey
  2. Dell Peripheral Manager
  3. Dell Quickset
  4. Launch Manager
  5. QLB Controller
  6. QAAgent
  7. Hotkey
  8. hpCaslNotification
  9. HKcmd
  10. OSDSrv
  11. Lenovoutility
  12. On-Screen Display
  13. LaunchHPOSIAPP
  14. HP Desktop Keyboard
  15. ModLedKEY.exe
  16. Logitech SetPoint
  17. Logitech options
  18. CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio) Bluetooth OSD Settings
  19. Microsoft Wireless Keyboard
  20. Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard
  21. Broadcom WIDCOMM Bluetooth
  22. Asus USB-BT400
  23. Bluetooth LogiLink Adapter
  24. Lenovo Keyboard Driver
  25. Mi OSD driver
  26. Quick Access Service
  27. hpHotkeyMonitor
  28. QLC Controller service
  29. HP Hotkey Support
  30. LchDrvKey
  31. Lmanager.exe
  32. Hot Key Utility
  33. Acer Quick Access
  34. BTTray.exe
  35. Easy Settings

Solution 4: Use the Task Manager

After identifying the problematic application/process, you may use the task manager of your system to end its processes (if you temporarily want to disable the on-screen notification).

  1. Right-click on the Start menu button & choose the Task Manager.
  2. Now, right-click on the process identified in the clean boot process. For example, CSR Bluetooth OSD Settings.
    End Task of CSR Bluetooth OSD Settings
  3. Then check if the notification issue is resolved.
  4. If not, steer to the Details tab & end any process related to on-screen notifications. For example, HotkeyManager.exe.
  5. Now check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

Solution 5: Edit the Application Settings

Once you have identified the problematic process or application, then the application settings may let us stop the on-screen notification & thus solve the problem.

  1. Launch the problematic application (for example, Logitech Setpoint). You may search it in the search menu or launch it from the system’s tray.
  2. Now, in the Tools tab, uncheck the option of Show Status Setting Changes (Such as Caps Lock).
    Uncheck Show Status Setting Changes (Such as Caps Lock)
  3. Then apply your changes & check if the on-screen indications are disabled.

For some utilities, you may right-click on their icon in the system’s tray & simply uncheck the OSD option, which may solve the problem.

If the option to disable the notification is greyed out or not functioning, then check if updating, repairing (in Apps & Features), or reinstalling the application sorts out the notification problem.

Solution 6: Edit the System’s Services

The caps lock issue may keep coming back if a system service is triggering the behavior. In this case, disabling the related system services may solve the problem.

  1. Click Start, type: Services, & right-click on it. Then choose Run as Administrator.
  2. Now, double-click on the problematic service (for example, hpHotkeyMonitor) & expand the dropdown of Startup Type.
    Open hpHotkeyMonitor Service
  3. Now choose Disabled & click on Stop.
  4. Then apply your changes and check if the system is clear of the notification issue.

Solution 7: Disable the Application at the System’s Startup

If you want to get rid of the annoying on-screen notification but keep it underhand for future use, then disabling it at the system’s boot may solve the problem.

Use the System Configuration

  1. Hit the Windows key and in the search, type: System Configuration and open it from the results.
    Open the System Configuration from the Start Menu
  2. Now navigate to the Services tab and disable the services related to the problematic application. For example, hpHotkeyMonitor.
  3. Then steer to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
  4. Now, in the Startup tab of the Task Manager, right-click on the problematic application and select Disable. For example, CSR Bluetooth OSD Settings.
    Disable CSR Bluetooth OSD Settings in the Startup
  5. Then apply your changes and reboot your PC to check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

Delete/Rename the Problematic File

If the issue persists, then you may delete/rename the problematic file of the application/process. For illustration, we will discuss the process for hpCaslNotification.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu button to launch the Power User menu and choose File Explorer.
    Open the File Explorer
  2. Now steer to the following:
    \Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared
  3. Now rename (if you need the file in the future, otherwise delete it) the ‘hpCaslNotification.exe’ to ‘hpCaslNotification.old’ (make sure the file’s extensions are enabled). If you cannot rename the file, then force-close its process in the Task Manager and then rename it.
  4. Then reboot your PC and check if the Caps Lock issue is resolved.

If you are an Acer user, then you may rename the Images folder at the following location to solve the problem:

\Program files\Acer\acer quick access\images

Solution 8: Uninstall the Problematic Applications/Utilities

The caps lock indication is not a Windows feature, either it is a part of a driver package or is included with a utility. You may find the utility causing the issue by clean booting your PC (as discussed in solution 3). If you do not require the application/utility, then you may uninstall the application to solve the problem. For elucidation, we will discuss the process for Logitech Setpoint.

  1. Launch the Power User menu by right-clicking on the Start menu button and choose Apps & Features.
    Open Apps & Features
  2. Now expand Logitech Setpoint and click on Uninstall.
    Uninstall Acer Quick Access
  3. Then confirm to uninstall the Logitech application and follow the prompts to remove it.
  4. Now reboot your PC and check if the on-screen notification issue is resolved.

Solution 9: Edit the System’s Registry

If all of the above failed, then you may edit the system registry to stop the caps lock notification. But keep in mind these keys may not be available for all users due to the different OEMs and utilities.

Warning: Proceed with extreme caution and at your own risk as editing the registry of your system is a proficient task and if not done properly, you may cause undying damage to your system/data.

First, create a backup of your system’s registry and then launch the Registry Editor as administrator. Now check if making the following registry edits and then rebooting your PC solves the problem.

Open Registry Editor as Administrator

Disable the Harmony Key

  1. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Cambridge Silicon Radio\Harmony\Default
  2. Now double-click on OSD and set its value to 0.
    Disable Harmony

Enable QuickSetControl

  1. Steer to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Dell Computer Corporation\QuickSet\
  2. Set the value of QuickSetControl to 1.

Disable Keyindication

  1. Steer to the following:
    Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Widcomm\BTConfig\General\KeyIndication
  2. Now set the value of KeyIndication to 0.
    Disable the Keyindication Key

Disable the KB Notify

  1. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ATHEROS\VistaAddOn\KBNotify
  2. Now set the value of the KBNotify to 0.
    Disable KBNotify

If you are not using an Atheros Bluetooth device, then after the Software key, open that device name and set its value to 0.

Disable ShowOSD

  1. Navigate to the following:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/hotkey
  2. Set the value of ShowOSD to 0.

Disable CapsLockOSD

  1. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Hewlett-Packard\HP HotKey Support
  2. Now set the value of CapsLockOSD to 0.
    Disable CapsLockOSD

Enable NotShowMsgAgain

  1. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Lenovo/Energy Manager
  2. Now set the value of NotShowMsgAgain to 1.

If you cannot find Energy Manager in the registry, then, in the registry, search for Enable OSD (or EnableOSD). You may also try the Show OSD (or ShowOSD). But make sure to set its value to 0.

Disable Quick Access

  1. Navigate to the following:
    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\OEM\Quick Access
  2. Now set the value of OSD to 0.
    Disable Quick Access OSD

Disable Touch Hot Key

  1. Steer to the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GIGABYTE\SmartManager\TouchHotKey
  2. Now set the value of TouchHotKey to 0.

Add the Scancode Map Key to the Keyboard Layout

  1. Navigate to the following:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout
  2. Now right-click on Keyboard Layout and choose New>>Binary Value.
    Create a New Binary Value for the Keyboard Layout
  3. Then rename it as Scancode Map and set its value to as shown in the image below.
    Rename the Key Scancode Map and Set Its Value

If that seems a bit difficult, then create a new notepad file with the .reg extension and add the following lines to it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]

"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,00,00,3a,00,00,00,00,00

Then double-click the file and confirm to add the file to the registry. Now reboot your PC and check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

If the issue persists, then check if creating another Windows user account sorts out the problem. If not, you may use a 3rd party utility to stop the notification or map another key as the Caps Lock key. You may also try the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center to disable the caps lock notification.

Kevin Arrows
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