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How do I set Caps Lock to behave like shift, working only when down, without memory?

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I don't have access to my mac right now, can you try BetterTouchTool ? Free software that I have been using over 2 years. I can let you know when I can check it. – arin Dec 28 '12 at 15:32
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PCKeyboardHack allows changing caps lock to shift:

Yould could also change it to a key like F13 and then use KeyRemap4MacBook to change F13 by adding this to private.xml:

<autogen>--KeyToKey-- KeyCode::F13, Option::KEYTOKEY_BEFORE_KEYDOWN, KeyCode::CAPSLOCK, Option::KEYTOKEY_AFTER_KEYUP, KeyCode::CAPSLOCK</autogen>

There's also a setting for disabling the LED:

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@Lauri_Ranta this is great, except PCKeyboardHack is making COMMAND+SPACE not to work (it should activate QuickSilvar). Any idea why? – Dokkat Jan 5 '13 at 14:53
Lauri this was an unexpectedly rare and good answer, too glad im asked. Thanks. edit: im having trouble in accepting it for some reason – Dokkat Jan 5 '13 at 15:26

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