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Is there any way to completely disable the caps lock key without using any third-party apps?

(Virtually, of course—I don't plan on jamming something under the key.)

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You mean a grain of fried rice from my lunch isn't the correct answer? I know a young lady (at least she was when this happened) who worked for one my clients who will be very disappointed that her solution isn't the accepted solution. – jaberg Mar 23 '12 at 22:08
@jaberg: I find that's more often an accidental solution to the same problem. Much more annoying when it's a key you actually want to use! – jtbandes Mar 23 '12 at 22:11
True, but you look like a wicked-smart—genius consultant when you say, I've found the problem. You had Chinese food for lunch yesterday, right? – jaberg Mar 23 '12 at 22:14
@timothymh Look at the "caps lock remapped to do nothing" answer… – Simon Nov 12 '13 at 21:07
up vote 11 down vote accepted

Just use the Keyboard pane of System Preferences.

Click "Modifier Keys", and set "Caps Lock" to "No Action".

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In System Preferences, go to Keyboard > Keyboard > Modifier Keys… From the popup that appears, you can change caps lock's function to another modifier key, or to "No action."

Modifier Keys… popup The options available in the pop up menu:

Caps Lock pop up

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