Not long ago I wrote a MacTip, Disable Caps Lock, providing a method to deal with that annoying situation where you suddenly find yourself typing in ALL CAPS. Oops!
I found I actually didn’t like disabling the Caps Lock key because of the potential for confusion.
Snow Leopard has brought us some relief, with its new (nearly) system-wide text transformations:
Transformations and capitalization.
TextEdit now allows you to easily change the capitalization of your text. You can transform your selected text to all uppercase or lowercase, and you can format it as a title, which capitalizes the first letter of each word.
The screenshot shows that, as usual, I’d engaged Caps Lock without noticing and had typed several words in all caps. Thanks to Snow Leopard I selected the text and used Control click to call up a contextual menu. I was able to choose
Transformations > Make Lower Case to instantly fix things.
After doing this in Mars Edit I experimented in a few other places. I had success in Safari and OmniWeb, in the Finder, and in Tweetie.
Firefox seems immune to almost every new feature of Snow Leopard, though, including this one. Sigh.
If you’ve determined the success or failure of this feature in an application I haven’t mentioned here, please let us know in the Comments below.