Many laptops and keyboards don’t come with an indicator for your caps lock key. Num Lock is also disappearing from many keyboards that are trying to be more low profile. My own Keyboard the Logitech G915 doesn’t come with an indicator for my Num Lock key (but it does have one for Caps Lock).
This is quite frustrating for me as I frequently turn on or off the Num Lock when playing games but forget to turn it back on when working on a post or entering a password. There are some programs that are a bit more in-depth and bulky such as Tray Status. If you want something that is lightweight and only does what it’s supposed to do the program 7Caps is exactly what you’re looking for. When the program is running it will show you a long pill widget that has the letters on the left and the number 7 on the right.
If you’re in caps lock the letters will be all capital and if you aren’t seeing the number 7 then you’re not using the Num Lock.
How It Works
The thing that I really like about 7Caps is how simple it is and it’s not invasive (and it’s even lighter when it comes to resources). 7 Caps works by indicating whether you have either Num Lock or Caps Lock enabled.
It does this by a clever floating widget (or if you like a taskbar indicator). If you hit the Caps Lock key the letters in the floating widget will also be capped. If you find yourself without the floating number 7 on the right-hand side it means that Num Lock is not activated.
You can move the widget anywhere on your screen and it’s sticky so it will be on top of other windows. I will note though that under certain circumstances the widget would disappear for me if I moved it on top of the taskbar. I couldn’t pin why as it was quite random.
7Caps Settings & Features
The program is super lightweight but it does come with some options notably to style the widget. You’re able to customize the pill’s appearance by changing opacity, sound effects (if enabled), various colors and whether it’s rounded off or not. Personally I disabled the rounded corners to be more in line with the rest of Window’s more square design.
You can enable sounds (or add your own custom sounds) but I found this to be very obnoxious to the point I disabled it before filming the video and wouldn’t recommend it. By default it simply says “Caps Lock off” or Caps Lock on” and the same for num lock.
Suggestions For The Developer
Some suggestions, for the developer, would be to resolve the intermittent issues I was experiencing on the taskbar. I would also like the ability to resize the pill and possibly add my own custom text to each of the respective sides.
This is a solid tool for someone who’s keyboard is missing an incredibly simple feature (looking at you Logitech there is clearly space! for a num lock indicator).