How To Turn Off Caps Lock Notification Windows 10/11?

The caps lock notification issue often appears after updating the HP System Event Utility, preinstalled on HP laptops and computers. It can also occur if you have the Dell Peripheral Manager application installed on your Dell system.

Moreover, third-party keyboard or mouse software running in the background, such as Logitech’s, could also result in the caps lock notification appearing on your screen.

If you receive caps lock notifications while working or gaming, there are several methods you can try to disable them.

1. Uninstall the Dell App or HP System Event Utility

The HP System Event Utility manages system events and customizes special function keys. This utility often causes caps lock notifications on Windows 10 and 11, particularly after updates. If you have the HP System Event Utility installed, prevent it from running in the background or uninstall it if unnecessary.

Similarly, Dell Peripheral Manager manages and customizes peripheral devices such as keyboards, mice, and webcams. If installed, you can uninstall it or stop it from running in the background.

  1. Right-click the Taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Search for HP System Event Utility or Dell Peripheral Manager.
  3. Right-click and choose End Task.
  4. Go to Startup Apps, right-click on Dell Peripheral Manager or HP System Event Utility, and select Disable. This action will prevent the app from launching with Windows.
  5. If you do not use the HP System Event Utility or Dell Peripheral Manager, uninstall them. Click the Start Menu and type Control Panel.
  6. Proceed to Programs > Programs and Features.
  7. Double-click on HP System Event Utility or Dell Peripheral Manager to start uninstallation.
  8. With these steps completed, the issue should be resolved.

2. Disable the Apps Related to Your Mouse and Keyboard

Certain apps control the functionality and provide user-friendly interfaces for device customization, including mice and keyboards. Disabling these applications via Task Manager can stop the caps lock notifications.

  1. Right-click the Taskbar and open the Task Manager.
  2. Locate and right-click the application responsible for the keyboard and mouse; select End Task.

3. Perform a Clean Boot

By clean booting your system with only necessary Microsoft services running, you eliminate interference from third-party programs. This allows you to troubleshoot effectively—if the issue disappears, you’ll know one of the disabled items was the source, and you can then reactivate them one by one to pinpoint the exact cause.

  1. Press the Start Menu and type msconfig into the search bar.
  2. Select the Services tab at the top.
  3. Check Hide all Microsoft services and then click Disable All.
  4. Move to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
  5. In Task Manager, disable all the apps by right-clicking them and selecting Disable.
  6. Restart your computer. If the caps lock notification no longer appears, re-enable the applications one at a time to find the one causing the issue.

4. Edit the Display Adapter and Keyboard Properties

The caps lock notification may appear on the screen if the display adapter or keyboard is configured to show the notification when the caps lock is enabled or disabled. Disabling these notifications might solve the problem.

Edit the Display Adapter Properties

  1. Hit the Windows key and open Settings.
  2. Select System and open Advanced Display Settings.
  3. Click on Display Adapter Properties and navigate to the Screen Configuration tab.
  4. Uncheck ‘Enable On-Screen Display‘ and apply your changes.
  5. Reboot your PC and check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

Edit the Keyboard Settings

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

5. Use the Task Manager to Disable Processes

After identifying the problematic application/process, you can use the task manager to end its processes.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu button and choose Task Manager.
  2. Right-click on the problematic process identified during the clean boot. For example, CSR Bluetooth OSD Settings.
  3. Check if the notification issue is resolved.
  4. If not, navigate to the Details tab and end any process related to on-screen notifications, e.g., HotkeyManager.exe.
  5. Now check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

6. Edit the System’s Services

The caps lock issue may persist if a system service triggers the behavior. Disabling the related system services may solve the problem.

  1. Click Start, type: Services, and right-click on it. Then choose Run as Administrator.
  2. Double-click on the problematic service (e.g., hpHotkeyMonitor) and expand the dropdown of Startup Type.
  3. Select Disabled and click on Stop.
  4. Apply your changes and check if the system is clear of the notification issue.

7. Disable the Application at the System’s Startup

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

Use the System Configuration

  1. Hit the Windows key and type System Configuration in the search bar. Open it from the results.
  2. Navigate to the Services tab and disable the services related to the problematic application. For example, hpHotkeyMonitor.
  3. Then go to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
  4. In the Startup tab of the Task Manager, right-click on the problematic application and select Disable. For example, CSR Bluetooth OSD Settings.
  5. 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, you may delete or 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.
  2. Navigate to the following:
    \Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared
  3. Rename (if you need the file in the future, otherwise delete it) ‘hpCaslNotification.exe’ to ‘hpCaslNotification.old’ (ensure the file extensions are enabled). If you cannot rename the file, force-close its process in the Task Manager and then rename it.
  4. Reboot your PC and check if the Caps Lock issue is resolved.

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

\Program Files\Acer\acer quick access\images

8. Uninstall the Problematic Applications/Utilities

The caps lock indication is not a Windows feature; it is either part of a driver package or 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, you may uninstall it to solve the problem. For example, here is the process for Logitech Setpoint.

  1. Launch the Power User menu by right-clicking on the Start menu button and choose Apps & Features.
  2. Expand Logitech Setpoint and click on Uninstall.
  3. Confirm to uninstall the Logitech application and follow the prompts to remove it.
  4. Reboot your PC and check if the on-screen notification issue is resolved.

9. Edit the System’s Registry

If all the above steps fail, you may edit the system registry to stop the caps lock notification. Note that these keys may not be available for all users due to 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 irreversible damage to your system/data.

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

Disable the Harmony Key

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

Enable QuickSetControl

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

Disable Keyindication

  1. Navigate to the following path:
  2. Set the value of KeyIndication to 0.

Disable KBNotify

  1. Navigate to the following path:
  2. Set the value of KBNotify to 0.

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 path:
  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. Set the value of CapsLockOSD to 0.

Enable NotShowMsgAgain

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

If you cannot find Energy Manager in the registry, then search within the registry for Enable OSD (or EnableOSD) or Show OSD (or ShowOSD). Make sure to set its value to 0.

Disable Quick Access

  1. Navigate to the following path:
  2. Set the value of OSD to 0.

Disable Touch Hot Key

  1. Navigate to the following path:
  2. Set the value of TouchHotKey to 0.

Add the Scancode Map Key to the Keyboard Layout

  1. Navigate to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout
  2. Right-click on Keyboard Layout and choose New > Binary Value.
  3. Rename it as Scancode Map and set its value as shown in the image below.

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

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. Reboot your PC and check if the caps lock issue is resolved.

If the issue persists, check if creating another Windows user account solves the problem. If not, you may use a third-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.


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