Thinkpad T430 has no light for its capslock key

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amenex
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Fumblefingers here repeatedly gets into trouble by inadvertently pressing the capslock
key on the otherwise easy-to-use Lenovo T430 laptop. Think passwords ...
What's needed is a script that puts an informative symbol on the Desktop that toggles
between two states to indicate the status of the capslock key.

andyprough
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Matt from TheLinuxCast video channel hates the Caps lock so much that he did a video on completely disabling it: https://yewtu.be/watch?v=7jStne2u-cM

I know you can also re-map the key. I've seen where other video creators like Luke Smith swap the Caps lock and Escape keys by remapping them to each other.

Myself, I am almost always using a full-sized USB keyboard, even on a laptop, so I don't tend to worry about hitting Caps lock by accident.

jxself
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What desktop are you using? MATE? KDE? Something else?

amenex
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jxself inquires what desktop I'm using, which is something that's puzzled me ...
In order to find out I opened the "edit menu" function, and there, buried in the
Accessories menu, is the About Mate page, which reveals that the desktop 1.24.0
Environment is a Mate process.
Thanks for asking.

prospero
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I used to get one of these random sounds played very loud each time I hit the Caps Lock key, but some of my coworkers complained and I had to tune it down:

https://www.bird-sounds.net/sounds/1048.mp3
https://www.bird-sounds.net/sounds/643.mp3
https://www.bird-sounds.net/sounds/1344.mp3
https://www.bird-sounds.net/sounds/1536.mp3

It is much less efficient now, so I am thinking about deactivating that key completely.

amenex
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Google search: display caps lock status on screen linux mate
gives two solutions:

(1) Mate tweak has Enable keyboard LED for the panel, but I don't see it in
Add to Panel, even after re-booting the computer.
See: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1248884/mate-panel-keyboard-led-not-showing
where it's said:
The Enable keyboard LED option should show the corresponding applet on the MATE Panel
with the Indicator applet added:
[Image of Keyboard LED]
If it is not shown, try to toggle with:
gsettings set org.mate.peripherals-keyboard-xkb.general duplicate-leds false
gsettings set org.mate.peripherals-keyboard-xkb.general duplicate-leds true

and/or reinstall corresponding packages with
sudo apt-get install --reinstall libmatekbd-common libmatekbd4
None of which have any effect.

(2)https://askubuntu.com/questions/799437/lock-keys-panel-indicator-for-mate-desktop
which advises:
The indicator is available on GitHub; for those who have git installed:
cd /opt
sudo git clone https://github.com/SergKolo/lks-indicator.git
sudo chmod -R +x /opt/lks-indicator/
but an application called AppIndicator is required that is not in the Trisquel repository.

Bugs:
https:name at domain/msg1634172.html
https:name at domain/msg1634525.html

prospero
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I managed to get what you are looking for by adding a "Notification Zone" to the panel (in addition to selecting the option in the MATE tweak tool).

amenex
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prospero revealed the secret handshake: Notification zone.
It's called the "Notification area" on my panel, but it does the trick !
Thank You !

prospero
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> It's called the "Notification area" on my panel

Right. I must have been mixing this up with the "TrustZone" discussion in the other thread.

andyprough
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Or the "friend zone", which is when you think someone is your girlfriend, but she thinks you are "just friends".

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amenex
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With another posting on this thread in mind, it has to be turned on again
after each reboot, and it'll be a big hassle to turn it off with the Panel
app.

prospero
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Really? On my system I only needed to add the "Notification Area" to the panel, and to check or uncheck "Enable keyboard LED" in MATE Tweak to turn the option on and off.

This is a Trisquel 9 Etiona with MATE 1.20, though. Trisquel 10 Nabia comes with MATE 1.24.

amenex
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prospero points out that Mate Tweak can do that much more easily.
Thanks again !

It's also handy in case some unfortunate combination of fumbling
keystrokes can activate one of the other two keyless options. In
fact, I did accidentally light up that "9" once.