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Written April 15, 2008 at 03:59 MDT Tagged programming and tools

For the last couple of weeks, I have been integrating Vim and a complementary set of tools into my development toolkit. I am firmly on board with what the pragmatic programmers say:
"Learn a good editor, and learn it well!!"
I am thoroughly impressed with Vim, Viemu etc. Last week I was recommended a registry hack that would allow my Caps Lock key to have the same behaviour as the ESC key. This results in a much smoother experience when using Vim.
So far, I am loving the reg hack and much prefer the need to not have to move my hand to hit the ESC key. Here is the text of the reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,01,00,3a,00,00,00,00,00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\DosKeybCodes]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\DosKeybIDs]
Create a reg file and copy the contents into it, then merge the file into your registry. Make sure that you want to not have normal use of your caps lock key.
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