[Windows] Be notified when you turn on Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, or Num Lock with Keyndicate

Does your keyboard tell you when your CapsLock is on? Some new keyboards do, but if you’re using an old one, it might not. What about your ScrollLock or NumLock? Well now with Keyndicate you can clearly see which keys are on by checking out your tray menu. This is a simple, lightweight program that can help make using your computer just a bit easier.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Keyndicate is a program developed with one idea in mind. It is designed to indicate if certain keys are activated on your computer or not. This can be extremely helpful if you’re using an older style keyboard that does not have lights on it to indicate which buttons are on and which ones are not.

Pros

  • Portable version of this program offered during installation
  • Lightweight, so uses minimal computer resources
  • Clearly indicates the state of your NumLock, ScrollLock, and CapsLock keys via an icon in your system tray
  • Offers customizable options, like to start Keyndicate when Windows boots and to play a sound when there is a change in the state of the three keys listed above

Cons

  • If you have a newer keyboard that already indicates the state of these three keys, this program is of no use to you

Discussion

Keyndicate is a small program that clearly displays the state of certain keys in your tray menu. The little icon in your tray menu will change whether your CapsLock, NumLock and ScrollLock keys are on or not. A “C” is shown for CapsLock being active, “N” for NumLock and “S” for ScrollLock.

The great thing about this program is how simple it is. Keyndicate is handling a simple task, so there is no reason to make the program difficult to use. Simply install it, and you’re go to go. It sits quietly in your tray menu. If you click on it you can see a list of options that you can change. This includes starting the program when Windows first boots up and playing a sound when there is a change to the state of the three keys I talked about above.

As you can clearly see in the picture that I have included in the discussion section, the CapsLock and NumLock button is on. With a quick look at my tray menu I can see that. Thus, you can see that the program is very basic but still may be helpful for some.

One cool feature that Keyndicate offers is the ability to either install it or use the portable version. This is an option that is given during installation. So weather you’re looking for the portable version or the full installation, the link at the bottom of this review should help you.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Keyndicate is a very lightweight program that is easy to use. It completes its task with ease and allows you to quickly see which keys you have active and which ones you don’t. That being said, as keyboards continue to upgrade, most have indicator lights on them. If that is the case with your keyboard, this program is useless. For everyone else, it may be worth your time to download it.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.7.6.9

Supported OS: Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7

Download size: 1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 2/44

Is it portable? Yes (portable version offered during installation)

Keyndicate homepage

Share this post

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

8 comments

  1. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    There is a checkbox, but it is ticked by default when XP is installed.
    If one presses the shift key 5 times, it triggers it. I think the times that I have triggered it, I was holding down the shift key, whilst contemplating something.
    It is the most infuriating thing, what happens next.

  2. Rob (Down Under)

    @Janet:
    XP has some of that, in Control Panel ‘Accessibilty Options’
    Be warned that if you are not careful in there, the police will come and remove all guns and blunt objects from your home.
    I accidentily triggered ‘Sticky Keys’ in my PC, and ended up shooting the monitor and the PC until I ran out of bullets. Then I started using the blunt weapons.
    If anyone knows who invented ‘Sticky Keys’ (and also the default NON idiot proof way of triggering it), please invite them to your home. Also invite me to the same dinner, and for my sake, ensure that the police have not yet removed your guns and blunt weapons.

  3. Janet

    Windows 7 already does this, no? Perhaps I am missing something?

    To make the Caps Lock beep when its pressed:
    Click on Start then Control Panel.
    Click Ease of Access Center.
    Under Explore All Settings click on Make the Keyboard easier to use.
    Check Turn on Toggle Keys – hear a tone when you press CAPS LOCK, NUM LOCK, or SCROLL LOCK.
    Click OK and close the Control Panel.

    For a visual warning:
    Complete the steps above then in the Ease of Access main window look for Use text or visual alternative for sound and click on that.
    Check the Activate visual message for sound box.
    Choose the warning type you want.
    Click OK and close the Control Panel.

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    Justin, have you seen my (portable) CapsLock Warning, that Ashraf has hosted for our members ?
    Mine is more ‘in your face’ in case we accidentally turn on CapsLock.
    .
    Perhaps later, after some members have tried both, they could give feedback, on what they would like as a warning.
    I don’t mean choose between the two approaches. What I mean is they could suggest other methods of notification that they would like, instead.