Can anyone help identify the problem that the CAPS-lock key creates

Bjarne Petersen 0 Reputation points

The problem is that the CAPS-lock key somehow somewhere has priority in a program or windows to activate the desktop / taskbar / frontscreen.

In FIFA 2022 the CAPS-lock key is used for numerous commands

In Skyrim the CAPS-lock key is used for commands

But these programs have become useless with above stated problem.

To be honest; I've had this problem a year ago and could not get it back to work again even not with the help of Bethesda and Steam.

By coincidence I came across the solution. A setting in a program I did myself.

I've no clue what program that was anymore.

I do know that I would not create that setting again for obvious reasons.

To make matters worse this is happening on a different computer as well.

I came across this post, where I somewhere on the horizon see a start for the solution.

Remapping key FROM REGISTRY - Microsoft Community

But we did not yet arrive at what the problem is.

My question thus is then that:"Is there a way or a program that can scan and or identify what a particular key is programmed for to do, in this case the CAPS-lock key?

Kind regards,

Bjarne Petersen

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  1. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,346 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Yes, there are tools that can help you identify what a particular key, such as the CAPS-lock key, is programmed to do. One such tool is the Visual Studio tool Spy++. Here’s how you can use it:

    Run the tool (for example, it might be located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Community\Common7\Tools\spyxx_amd64.exe).

    In the menu bar, select Spy -> Log messages... (or hit Ctrl + M).

    Check All Windows in System in the Additional Windows frame.

    Switch to the Messages tab.

    Click the Clear All button.

    Select WM_HOTKEY in the listbox, or check Keyboard in Message Groups.

    Click the OK button.

    Press the key in question (in this case, the CAPS-lock key).

    Select the WM_HOTKEY line in the Messages (All Windows) window, right click, and select Properties... in the context menu.

    In the Message Properties dialog, click the Window Handle link.

    Click the Synchronize button on the Window Properties dialog. This will show the window in the main Spy++ window treeview.

    On the Window Properties dialog, select the Process tab.

    Click the Process ID link. This will show you the process.

    Please note that these steps should be performed by an administrator and it’s always a good idea to backup your system before making any changes.

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