I don't know if this is a hardware or software problem, but with my new Dell XPS 13, I find that the caps-lock sticks in the on position and I can't turn it off. Is there a way to prevent caps-lock from ever coming on again? I have the following settings in gnome-tweaks:

Caps Lock Behavior:Disabled
Ctrl position: Caps-lock as control

But neither of these settings prevents caps-lock from being stuck in the on position and forcing default caps-lock behavior.


Your hardware could be issue and not the software. I had a similar problem but couldn't turn caps on or off when I needed.

So I swapped the Caps Lock/Esc keys around. Now I can use my Caps Lock as normal, I didn't use my Esc often. This is in the same settings you looked at.

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    Maybe you could specify how you swapped the keys. – Marc Vanhoomissen Jun 26 '19 at 16:49

I had this problem constantly occurring on my XPS-15, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and couldn't find answers. Until a moment ago where I just accidentally discovered that * NEWS FLASH * You must have accidentally pressed Shift-CapsLock

Pressing Shift+CapsLock will make CapsLock stick, and following pressings on CapsLock alone will not toggle it back. Only by repressing Shift+CapsLock again CapsLock will be toggled off again into its usual behavioral state.

  • That doesn't happen on my 2018 XPS 13 running Kubuntu 18.04 LTS with HWE. – B.Tanner Aug 17 '19 at 10:57

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