Caps/Num Lock with MessageTray notifications 1.0

UUID: betterlock
Score: 11


This is derived from the Caps/Num Lock applet by dalcde, modified to display notifications in the Message Tray when the state of the Caps or Num lock key changes.

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  1. duddlsTl says:

    5 months ago

    It doesn’t work on Cinnamon 2.8, because, it creates the directory "~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/betterlock", instead of the expected one "~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/betterlock@entelechy". If you change the name of directory, then it works. To make it work, execute following commend : mv ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/betterlock ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/betterlock@entelechy

  2. Faust3000 says:

    7 months ago

    Don't work on Cinnamon 2.8!

  3. mzaleski says:

    1 year ago

    @amcollie thanks for the tip for fixing install location. Works on 17.2 as well. @Entelechy thanks for producing this applet. It solves my problem with my laptop's lack of status indicators.

  4. crysys says:

    1 year ago

    Just registered in order to thank amcollie below. I also could not get this to work on 17.1 and their solution fixed it, Thanks! I have a wireless keyboard with no indication of caps lock status so this is an essential applet.

  5. amcollie says:

    1 year ago

    Good Entelechy, I thank you for creating this app. I have to that there is a problem installing your on Linux Mint 17.1. It is installed to the directory /home/acollie/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/betterlock however it is looking for the path /home/acollie/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/betterlock@entelechy. This can be fixed easily by renaming the directory betterlock to betterlock@entelechy. I hope that this helps anyone who is having the same problem, were it is reported that this applet has a problem loading.

  6. Solipse says:

    2 years ago

    Hi, The download works fine, but when installing from the cinnamon assistant it sets up badly. The folder is named betterlock instead of betterlock@entelechy so it doesn't load and cannot be uninstalled from the assistant. Same for the original Caps/Num Lock applet Thanks for this, awesome applet for cordless keyboards =]

  7. highwind says:

    2 years ago

    but, the num lock will not be turned off on my ThinkPad T420 by using Fn+ScrLK

  8. highwind says:

    2 years ago

    @maihoaomv, I think it work in LM16.

  9. maihoaomv says:

    2 years ago

    needs to fixed/updated to work with LM16

  10. Madmanrb says:

    2 years ago

    Doesnt work in later versions, needs a fork.

  11. legion1978 says:

    3 years ago

    This is nice. Improves usability. Can you make an applet that plays a sound on every keypress? something like this Thanks

  12. ColtonDRG says:

    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for making this! It works really well and it has made my computer a lot more usable. My laptop (for whatever stupid reason) does not have a caps lock LED, making it hard to know if it is on or off. this applet has solved my problem. I do wish there was a way to disable it showing the numlock thing though, because my computer does not even have a numlock button, rendering it useless. Overall good applet though. :D

  13. Epileg says:

    4 years ago

    Awesome applet! I just have a problem with "Caps lock" menu switch. If I use it, the caps led do not change, but the system changes the case, so menu switch follows the Caps lock key (properly changes its state), but don't when click on caps lock menu switch. I don't know if it's an applet bug. Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. keyboard with PS/2 connector.