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Is Google Trying to Kill the CAPS LOCK KEY?

By - Source: istartedsomething | B 79 comments

WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE INTERNET IF SUDDENLY THERE WERE NO MORE INANE SHOUTING OF NONSENSE?

Yesterday's Chrome OS Notebook Cr-48 reveal showed that Google had different plans for where the caps lock key normally resides. INSTEAD OF DOING THIS SORT OF THING, Google has mapped to a search key.

That's fine by us, considering the caps lock key these days is mostly useless aside from those who like to troll the comments section. (In fact, I've remapped my caps lock key to backspace.)

Amusingly, Google joked, "We expect this will improve the quality of comments across the web."

For those who feel that they must have that caps lock key back, Google notes that those with the Cr-48 notebook can click on the wrench icon, go into System section inside settings and change the Modifier Key from Search back to Caps Lock.

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    xurwin , December 9, 2010 11:02 AM
    Quote:
    We expect this will improve the quality of comments across the web


    and i thought my jokes were bad.
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    LuckyDucky7 , December 9, 2010 11:44 AM
    So now, when I miss the Shift key, I have my task interrupted by a search window?

    It'll be just like the Windows key- useful when you press it purposefully, and annoying when you don't.
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  • 13 Hide
    xurwin , December 9, 2010 11:02 AM
    Quote:
    We expect this will improve the quality of comments across the web


    and i thought my jokes were bad.
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2010 11:07 AM
    *INSANE
    ;) 
    search key would be great on a laptop like this. i would prefer the search key over the caps key. would be more useful to me!
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2010 11:08 AM
    wait... will the google chrome laptop trackpad be similar to the buttonless macbook trackpad? because i can't see any buttons.
  • 5 Hide
    Anonymous , December 9, 2010 11:14 AM
    NOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo.... I LOVE CAPS KEY.... BAD GOOGLE, BAD GOOGLE
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    jgutz2006 , December 9, 2010 11:14 AM
    Wait people wont have excuse for 15 failed password attempts locking out their account due to caps lock? IMHO - Caps Lock has been a poor taste joke all of these years!
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    jonpaul37 , December 9, 2010 11:18 AM
    About Bloody Time someone stepped up to rid us of that horrible horrible useless key! Google done moved up a notch in my notebook!
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    hoofhearted , December 9, 2010 11:22 AM
    No COBOL programming on this laptop :( 
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    bak0n , December 9, 2010 11:23 AM
    Next They'll Replace The Shift Key!
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    nukemaster , December 9, 2010 11:26 AM
    I generally disable the caps lock anyway :) 
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    phosun3000 , December 9, 2010 11:30 AM
    GOD **** HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO COMMUNICATE ON THE INTERNET NOW????


    mod edit:
    [please be cognizant of your language.]
  • 11 Hide
    LuckyDucky7 , December 9, 2010 11:44 AM
    So now, when I miss the Shift key, I have my task interrupted by a search window?

    It'll be just like the Windows key- useful when you press it purposefully, and annoying when you don't.
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2010 11:45 AM
    This is a new form of censorship...Leave the keyboard alone !!!
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    lamorpa , December 9, 2010 11:47 AM
    DO NOT TAKE MY CAPS LOCK KEY AWAY
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2010 11:54 AM
    why google WHY?
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    eklipz330 , December 9, 2010 11:59 AM
    bear95*INSANEsearch key would be great on a laptop like this. i would prefer the search key over the caps key. would be more useful to me!

    NO HE MEANT INANE
    INANE: asinine: devoid of intelligence
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    LoneEagle , December 9, 2010 12:06 PM
    READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE LEAVING A COMMENT!

    The "CAP LOCK KEY" is still there but they changed the default to do a "Search" instead. YES, YOU CAN CHANGE IT BACK IF YOU WANT! SO NOT REALLY GONE!

    Quote:
    For those who feel that they must have that caps lock key back, Google notes that those with the Cr-48 notebook can click on the wrench icon, go into System section inside settings and change the Modifier Key from Search back to Caps Lock.
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    defufna , December 9, 2010 12:14 PM
    BY REMOVING CAPS KEY THEY STRIP US OF ABILITY TO EMPHASIZE OUR OPINION OVER INTERNET. BY DOING THAT THEY CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK. THIS TREND WILL CONTINUE. THEY WILL KEEP SUBTLY ALTERING THE WAY WE THINK UNTIL WE ARE NOTHING MORE THAN AD CONSUMING PRODUCT.
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    ctbaars , December 9, 2010 12:31 PM
    Caps Lock is important to me while working; drafting engineering drawings. I don't mind the new function but would appreciate if the Caps Lock would be available in another convenient way. Say Ctrl - Caps Lock.
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    hang-the-9 , December 9, 2010 12:40 PM
    While this is OK for the soccer moms posting their pics on facebook, I support at least 3 applications that use all caps in entry fields, plus more that is a standard to use all caps in the business (hospital).
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