For me, the NumLock and CapsLock keys are relics of the past, and are now the two most annoying keys on the standard keyboard. Every time I want to type in a number with more than say 3 digits, I find it easier to use the number pad, but I find i am forced to look down and check the num lock light status and/or attempt to type to see if num lock is activated, or otherwise risk having to re-type everything because numlock was off. Which surprising is most of the time for some reason, even though I ensure num-lock is activated on boot-up in the bios. Caps lock key is not as bad, I don’t seem to bump that on as much as the num-lock key but heck, when was the last time you actually wanted to write an entire sentence in ALL CAPS? I hope not recently. Anyway, there’s an easy way to disable these keys on Windows and Linux as follows:
1. Open Keyboard Layout preferences
2. On the Layouts tab, press ‘Options’, then you can configure caps lock and numlock to behave more sensibly as shown in the following two screenshots:
To do this on Windows 7:
Download NumLocker, install and configure via system tray icon.
I also tried SharpKeys but it didn’t work for me after rebooting.