How to Display Lock Keys Status & Notifications in Unity Panel

December 20, 2013 — 3 Comments

Lock Keys indicator ubuntu


For Ubuntu laptops that don’t have LED indicators, indicator applet on panel that displays Lock Keys status as well as notifications may be helpful.

Indicator-keylock is the applet for Ubuntu Linux, which displays Lock Keys status on panel and notifications when status changed.


Caps Lock on

Caps Lock off

num lock on

num lock off

By default the indicator will be used only when the Caps Lock key is on, it can be easily changed by the Preferences settings.

lock key indicator

Install indicator-keylock

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:tsbarnes/indicator-keylock

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-keylock

Works on Unity, Xfce, Gnome Shell (only notifications), Gnome Classic for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 10.04.

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3 responses to How to Display Lock Keys Status & Notifications in Unity Panel

  1. Juan Pedro Sanchez April 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    It works in Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity interface AMD64.
    Remember to activate the indicator opening Dash and typing indicator keylock.

  2. its working on ubuntu 14.04 lts

  3. This is working great on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, this is awesome keep it up :) !!

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