How to map “shift” key to “shift” + “capslock” using AutoHotkey


I’m using Vim, so I”ve remapped capslock to esc. But I still want capslock sometimes. So I’m wondering to remap shift to shift+capslock:

  1. When shift is used the normal way: Long press and release, it should still work as shift key changing the typing to upper case.
  2. When shift is tapped (short press and release), it should toggle capslock.

Is something like this possible? Does anybody know of any AutoHotkey scripts or tips on how to do this they could share?

Best Answer

Use this AutoHotkey script slightly modified from Elliot DeNolf's answer:

    duration := 0
    If (GetKeyState("Shift","p"))
        start := A_TickCount
        While (GetKeyState("Shift"))
            Sleep, 1
        duration := A_TickCount - start
    if (duration < 100) ;Change this value as needed
        if GetKeyState("CapsLock", "T") = 1
            SetCapsLockState, off
        else if GetKeyState("CapsLock", "T") = 0
            SetCapsLockState, on

If the Shift key is depressed for less than 100 milliseconds and released, it'll toggle the CapsLk key. Any more than 100 msec and it'll act as a regular modifier key.

If 100 msec is too long, choose an appropriate value in the if condition.

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