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Fixing Inverted Caps Lock on VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or Remote Desktop (RDP/MSTSC)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/02/10

Every now and then my Mac RDP program will suddenly turn on the CAPS LOCK on the connected Windows terminal.

It happens on different OS X versions, and different Windows versions. I haven’t figured out the steps to reproduce yet. I will amend this post when I have (:

I also have it occasionally fail when I RDP from a physical Windows system to another Windows system, but far less than from Mac OS X.

You work around it using the On Screen Keyboard tool in Windows like Josh Adams explains:

  • launch the On-screen Keyboard application (generally this can be done by choosing Start ==> All Programs ==> Accessories ==> Accessibility ==> On-screen Keyboard; as noted by DrFooMod2 in a comment below, you can also bring up the On-screen Keyboard by typing “osk” without the quotes in the Windows Run… box) and
  • toggle Caps Lock by clicking on the virtual “lock” button in the application.
  • The On-screen Keyboard application shows–and can change–the state of Caps Lock

The easiest way to start the On Screen Keyboard is to create a shortcut to this:



via: Josh Adams’s Blog: Fixing Inverted Caps Lock on VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or Remote Desktop.

One Response to “Fixing Inverted Caps Lock on VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or Remote Desktop (RDP/MSTSC)”

  1. […] run OSK to start the On-Screen […]

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