Resolved my mac keyboard viewer won't capslock?

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  1. cstpa, May 5, 2016
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    cstpa macrumors newbie

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    i'm using the viewer and only have a mouse; and i cannot figure out how to capitalize a letter. i click the caps key and it does not respond. please help, thank you . i need for my password. i cannot install keyboard app w/o it !
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    The Keyboard Viewer is designed to reflect the hardware keyboard that you are using, same keyboard layout, same language, etc.
    Full typing from the viewer is not really its purpose.

    What keyboard are you using?

    Ah, OK, I tried disconnecting my hard keyboard while the Keyboard Viewer is in view.
    Guess what? No Caps lock
    And, there does not appear to be a method to use the keyboard viewer to type in caps. You can show caps, but you can't actually type in caps.
    Looks like normal operation when you are not using a hardware keyboard.
    So, the OS X Keyboard Viewer is NOT a replacement for a hardware keyboard - it is not an input source, really just an input verifier, or reporter.
    I don't think you will see an on-screen typing keyboard until Apple supports touch-screen in OS X - and that's a "not yet" on that.

    You need to use a real keyboard.
     
  3. cstpa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    dang, okay. thank you for looking into that for me.
     
  4. chown33, May 5, 2016
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    chown33 macrumors 604

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    Turn on Sticky Keys in Universal Access Accessibility and show Keyboard Viewer,

    then click the SHIFT key & it will be a 1-key shift.

    I typed that line with Sticky Keys enabled and keyboard disconnected. It was slow going, but it worked.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Just thought I'd mention:
    There is no Universal Access pane on newer OS X systems. It is now called Accessibility
     
  6. cstpa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hooray it works. thank you :)
     

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