Disabling the num lock and caps lock icons on a lenovo ThinkPad
Posted by Hollend Ritondale, Last modified by Hollend Ritondale on 28 September 2016 10:55 AM

To disable the num and caps lock icons from displaying on your screen over top of everything (extremely annoying)....

For Windows 7

1. Right click on your desktop and select Personalize at the bottom of the menu.

2. From there click on Display on the bottom left side of the window.

3. You then click on Change display settings.

4. From here find the Advanced settings menu, located towards the bottom right of the window, and select the advanced settings.

You will then be presented with a display propeties window with several tabs.

5. Find the tab for On Screen Display.

From this tab you can set how the display handles those damn Icons that just appear over top of everything. I set mine to disappear after a few seconds.  Now my num lock and caps lock only display the icon for a few seconds when I toggle.

For Windows 10

1.  Right click on the desktop and select Display Settings from the menu.

2.  From the first screen scroll down on the right sided of the window until you see Advanced display settings and click on it.

3.  Scroll down until you see "Display adapter properties" and click on it.

4.  From the properties window that pops up you want to select the "Screen configurations" tab.  From there you can set the indicators for num and caps lock to display for a few seconds as opposed to displaying permanently.

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Comments (21)
Thank you!
14 January 2016 11:56 AM
Thank you very much. Your suggestion was very useful in removing the annoying num lock icon from my desktop.
Craig Averbeck
05 April 2016 09:08 PM
In Windows 10
Go to Advanced display settings -> display adapter properties -> screen configurations and change the show indicator for a few seconds for Num-lock and Caps-lock. :)
Alan Dance
23 August 2016 12:54 AM
Craig, I cannot thank you enough, your simple instructions allowed me to finally remove the annoying, ever present num-lock symbol. It was driving me nuts!
another user
26 August 2016 04:56 PM
Me too - thanks!
another user
09 April 2018 12:18 PM
Thank you!!
22 June 2016 01:10 PM
This was very helpful and fixed the annoyance right away. These bizarre things that you just have to know to fix!
Jerry Nettik
04 February 2017 05:01 PM
Lenovo ideapad 700 w/Win 10 - there are not tabs or menu items for Screen Configurations, On Screen Display, etc. Only settings available on Display Settings --> Advanced Display Setting are related to color and text size. I've been hunting the internet for a solution to this, and no one seems to have a solution. :(
Jerry Nettik
04 February 2017 05:22 PM
I found the solution on YouTube. For my laptop, the Lenovo Utility was creating the CAPS & NUM LOCK on screen displays. If you go to Task Manager -> Startup and find Lenovo Utility - right mouse click and 'Disable'. Restart laptop and problem fixed!
21 August 2017 03:11 PM
finally! this is the answer that helped me - i deleted the lenovo utility from task manager and the notifications are off.

I have a Lenovo ideapad 510 with windows 10
16 March 2017 06:14 AM
Thank you. Thank you.
For once I found a series of instructions that worked and got rid of these dumb icons that just appeared with no input from me.
You need to write instruction manuals. I'll buy them.
22 March 2017 07:15 AM
Finally a good guide for Windows 10!
Thank you
04 April 2017 10:29 PM
This worked! Thank you very much!
13 April 2017 05:19 PM
Thanks so much!
Theresa Bane
20 June 2017 03:41 PM
11 July 2017 06:18 AM
The steps works on windows 10, Maybe others

Right click on Desktop, then Display settings, Go down you'll find "Display adapter properties" - Screen configuration - Change Indicator settings for NumLock and CapsLock
to show the indicator for a few seconds, Also you can change the time from 3 seconds to 1
Loretta Mize
26 July 2017 12:03 PM

Thank you! Thank you!
This was very useful in removing the annoying number lock icon from my desktop.
23 October 2017 01:33 AM
Thanks for clear step by step guide and saving me from this nerve wrecking icon.
Greg Z
15 November 2017 10:52 AM
Thank you very much. This has been very helpful. That icon was always in the way.
Nor Monroe
04 February 2018 10:37 PM
This is exactly what I needed. I Googled a lot and found lots of other useless fixes. Thank you!
Tom C
03 July 2018 10:40 PM
Thank you! There is no way I would have ever found that myself.
Tracy Oglesby
05 December 2018 05:27 AM
Thank you. With your instructions I was able to get rid of that damn icon.
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