Why is my Caps Lock key reversed and How to fix it

There are plenty of ways that you can use to input your text into a computer. Some use keyboards, some touch screens while others would use voice inputs to have their text typed out. Having some sort of input is important in order to type in information or give instructions to your system. Now there are times when your input s don’t work and sure enough it can get annoying. But, what about when your Caps Lock gets reversed? It can be confusing and also a headache to find out what is actually wrong. So, today we’ll be taking a look at how to fix Caps Lock functioning in a reverse state.

One of the most annoying things out there has to be when a feature doesn’t work as it is supposed to be working. This can be really annoying and at times you simply would get frustrated for no reason at all. Thankfully there are a number of solutions that you can use to fix this type of error on your PC. So, let’s take a look at how to fix the reverse Caps Lock issue on your Windows PC.

Fixes For Reversed Caps Lock Issue

Well, when you turn the Caps Lock on, you should be able to type your letters all in uppercase, and with the Caps Lock off you should be able to type them in lower case. Sometimes though, when you hit the Caps Lock key it simply types all the characters in lower case, and with it off the letters are displayed in upper case. This can be annoying for someone who depends and uses the Caps Lock key regularly. Here are a number of fixes.

Ditch the Caps Lock Key

Now, this might seem a bit harsh for those who depend a lot on the Caps Lock key. The best alternative to the Caps Lock key is the Shift key. All you need to do is to leave the Caps Lock key to its On position as it lets you type out in the lower case So when you want to type in a letter in Uppercase, all you need to do is hold down the Shift key and press the key of the letter that you wish to display in Uppercase. Now I do understand that this is not the ideal solution for everyone, but it definitely is a quick fix for those who prefer it.

Restart Your PC

Now, of this mix-up of the Caps Lock key just started, you might want to simply restart your PC. There’s the good old saying of switch off and switch it on, it gets fixed. So, performing a restart or a shutdown and then powering up your PC, should usually help fix this reversed issue. If it has fixed the issue, well and good. If not, you might want to try the other steps below.

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Unplug the Keyboard

If you are using a PC, there could be a possibility of the Keyboard being faulty. It can also determine if your issue is with your PC or not. To test whether the keyboard has an issue, simply unplug it and connect it to another PC or system and see if the Caps Lock key is reversed. If the Caps Lock is reversed, then it’s probably time you get yourself a new keyboard. However, if there is no reversed issue on the new system, it’s possible that your PC might be the culprit.

Reverse Caps Lock Function

There are high chances that either you or someone by mistake has probably enabled the reverse feature on your PC. The good part about this is that you can undo or fix this issue with a simple key combination. All you need to do is to press the Control Key+ Shift Key+ Caps Lock Key. This keyboard combination should instantly fix up the reverse issue and you should now be able to use the Caps Lock key how it has been designed to be used.

Update or Disable and Enable Keyboard

Things can be a bit of a mess if you wish to unplug your keyboard from a laptop. Sure you could do that if you use an external keyboard with it. But, what about those who make use of the built-in laptop keyboard? Well, the solution is very simple. You can follow these steps.

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  1. Power up your laptop and fire up the Start Menu.
  2. You need to begin typing Device Manager in the Start Menu.
  3. When you see the application, click on it to launch it on your desktop.
  4. Now the Device Manager will display all the hardware that is connected to your laptop.
  5. Now look for the Keyboard hardware in the list.
  6. When you find it, right-click on it to pull up the context menu.
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  7. Choose Properties from the Context Menu.
  8. With the Properties window opened up, select the Device tab.
  9. You will see a few options here. Clicking on the Update button will make Windows look for any device driver updates, download, and also install them if updates have been found.
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  10. If you click on the Disable device button, your internal keyboard will stop functioning.
  11. Click on the Enable button and your keyboard should now be working.
  12. You need to perform a restart of your PC whether you installed a new driver or re-enabled the keyboard, a restart is a must.

Check Settings in Microsoft Word

Sometimes, this reversed caps lock issue might be visible only in certain programs such as Microsoft Word. It surely can be a strange issue that gets triggered with a document program, but there is a simple fix that can be used to solve this issue.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word on your Windows PC.
  2. Open up a new document or an existing one on your device.
  3. At the bottom of the program, you will see the Status Bar.
  4. Right-click on the Status Bar to bring up the context menu.
  5. From the context menu, select the Caps Lock option.
  6. Click on it to turn Caps Lock off.
  7. You should be able to type and use the Caps Lock key properly as intended.

Use the Keyboard Troubleshooter

Windows 10 and 11 have a ton of troubleshooting tools that can be used to fix a ton of issues on your Windows PC. And before you think about whether these tools actually work or not. You’ll have to think again. These tools have been improved upon a lot such that you’ll be able to see what the problem is and what fixes can be done. Here is how you can pull up the Windows Keyboard Troubleshooter on your PC.

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  1. Open up the Settings app from the Start Menu.
  2. Now click on System and scroll down till you find the Troubleshoot menu.
  3. Now click on it. You should Other Troubleshooters.
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  4. Here you will be able to select the Keyboard Troubleshooter.
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  5. Run the Keyboard Troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once done you should be able to use the Caps Lock key function properly without it being reversed.

Run Malwarebytes

This is a strange fix but, if done it could help with the revered Caps Lock issue. Malwarebytes is a free-to-use Antivirus program that not only scans for viruses but also scans and repairs and fixes Registry Keys that could be harmful if created by some virus. Run Malwarebytes to fix and scan for any issues on your PC. Once the cans have been completed, your reversed Caps Lock issue should now be fixed.

Reset Your PC

  1. If you are 100% sure that your keyboard isn’t the culprit, then you safely go ahead and perform a system reset on your Windows PC.
  2. Launch the Settings app from the Start Menu.
  3. Now click on the System option and scroll down till you find the Recovery option.
  4. Under the Recovery Menu, you will see the  Reset This PC option.
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  5. Click on the Reset PC button.
  6. A window should now appear asking you to choose between keeping your files or removing everything.
  7. It is best if you choose the Keep My Files. Next, you will be asked to choose between Cloud Download or Local Reinstall.
  8. If you have good internet connection speeds, choose Cloud Download. If not, simply go ahead with Local Reinstall.
  9. Your PC will. now begin the Reset process and it could take a couple of hours to get the Reset process completed.
  10. Once it has been completed and you have set up everything, you should no longer be having a Reversed Caps Lock issue on your Windows PC.


So there you have it. A ton of ways can be followed to fix this issue of the revered Caps Lock. Yes, it sure is annoying when things don’t work as they are intended to. But, with the troubleshooting steps that we have mentioned, it is safe to say that the issue can easily be fixed up. Have you and this issue where you couldn’t type properly because of the Caps Lock going whack? What steps did you follow to get it back working? Do share with us your experience with the issue.

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Joshua D'souza

Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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