Just installed 13.10, and the one of the first things i always do in a new install, is to disable capslock. But i can't find the keyboard options anymore?

  • Ubuntu 13.10 is not yet released so for now at least the question is off topic. You may want to ask on Ubuntu Forums: Ubuntu +1 or report it as a bug on Launchpad Sep 29, 2013 at 7:58
  • @WarrenHill: Please have a look at this: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/7363/…
    – jobin
    Sep 29, 2013 at 10:25
  • @Jobin: It clearly states here that this site is not the right place for questions questions about issues with alpha and beta releases. Sep 29, 2013 at 10:35
  • 13.10 has now been released, and this is still an issue. Should someone vote to reopen it, or is it still off topic for something else? Feb 7, 2014 at 4:58

3 Answers 3


The graphical options for keyboard layout seem to have changed. You can do it via terminal though. Open a terminal using Ctrl+Alt+t and then do then:

setxkbmap -option caps:none

To re-enable them:

setxkbmap -option

To make this happen at every reboot, write the command to a file and store it in a convinient location(the filesystem should be ext4 where you would store the file) and then on a terminal, type crontab -e and then add this line to the end of the file that opens up(it may ask you to set the editor by which it should open, I prefer nano or vim.full:

@reboot /path/to/the/script
  • How can i make this permanent? - I guess i need some help making a script and running it at login. Thanks
    – mote
    Oct 9, 2013 at 6:46
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    @mote: edited my answer, please have a look.
    – jobin
    Oct 9, 2013 at 13:52
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    You can look at a list of other options at in /usr/share/X11/xkb/rules/base.lst Feb 18, 2014 at 20:58
  • setxkbmap -option caps:none not working (Lubuntu 13.04). May 3, 2014 at 12:59
  • @VitalyZdanevich: 13.04 is no more supported.
    – jobin
    May 3, 2014 at 13:10

I created an Autostart with the command

setxkbmap -option caps:none

Startup Applications > Add > Name: Disable Capslock > Command: setxkbmap -option caps:none > Add.

Restart and capslock is disabled. Works also in Ubuntu 14.04

  • Thanks a bunch! This is pure gold, for more than one reason. Can all or most commands be run like this?
    – mote
    Sep 24, 2014 at 9:28
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    @mote: I guess you can run many commands via startup applications. E.g. I use a startup application to delete all thumbnails (command: rm -r /home/<username>/.cache/thumbnails). Just try. A more professional way is to define cronejobs, but I'm just an ordinary user. Sep 24, 2014 at 15:30

This one works without restart everytime:

setxkbmap -layout us -option caps:ctrl_modifier gsettings set

org.gnome.desktop.input-sources xkb-options "['caps:ctrl_modifier']"

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