If your keyboard or laptop has no num lock or caps lock status indicators, you can show the Num Lock and Caps Lock status indicators on the taskbar.
Most keyboards and even some laptops have indicator lights for special keys like the num lock, caps lock, and scroll lock. For example, the num lock lets you type numbers with the number pad, the caps lock lets you type in all capitals, and the scroll lock lets you scroll text windows. When a special key is toggled ON, the corresponding light will turn ON. This lets you know that the special key is engaged. For example, when you press the num lock key on your keyboard, the num lock indicator light will either turn on or off according to its previous state.
As you can guess, one of the main functions of the num lock and caps lock indicator lights is that it lets you know if the keys are On or Off at a glance. However, some keyboards and laptops might not have the num lock indicator light or the caps lock indicator light. In those cases, you can make Windows show num lock and caps lock status indicators on the taskbar’s system tray. That way, you will instantly know if the num lock or caps lock is turned on or off.
In this quick and simple guide, let me show how to show num lock and caps lock status indicators on the taskbar system tray in Windows 10.
Steps to show NUM Lock and CAPS Lock indicator on taskbar system tray
To show the num lock and caps lock status indicators on the taskbar, we are going to use a free software called TrayStatus. The application is pretty lightweight and easy to use.
1. First, get TrayStatus from here. After downloading, double-click on the exe file and follow the installation wizard to install it. Though the application has some advanced paid options, the status indicators a free to use.
2. After installing the application, open it. You can do that by double-clicking on the desktop shortcut or by searching for TrayStatus in the Start menu.
3. Once the TrayStatus application has been opened, the first thing you need to do is make sure it starts with Windows. To do that, click on the “Options” tab on the sidebar. Next, select the “Start with Windows” checkbox.
4. After that, click on the “Status Indicators” tab on the sidebar. This is where you can enable or disable a wide range of status indicators including the num lock and caps lock.
5. On this page, select both the “Show caps lock status” and “Show num lock status” checkboxes. You will find these checkboxes at the top of the Default Indicators section.
6. Finally, click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save the changes.
That is it. From now on, you will see the num lock and caps lock indicators in the system tray of the taskbar. If the num lock and/or caps lock is turned on, you will see filled-in taskbar status indicators. If the lock keys are turned off, you will see outlined status indicators.
Since the TrayStatus is added to the Windows startup list, you will see the num lock and caps lock taskbar status indicators as soon as you log into your system.
I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to disable the caps lock key on Windows. This is very helpful if you are not using the caps lock key.