There’s a keyboard shortcut to change chunks of text to lower case

Woman reveals a simple hack that will change capitals to lower case text with the click of a button – and is hailed as a ‘genius’ on Twitter

  • Highlighting text and hitting the keys CTRL + shift + F3 will change the case
  • The little known keyboard shortcut was revealed on Twitter by Rachel Hawkins
  • The mother of one, 32, has been inundated with praise since she shared the hack
  • She discovered it by accident but thought most people already knew, she says

A woman has sent Twitter wild after sharing a ‘life-changing’ computer hack that will delight anyone who’s ever battled with caps lock on their keyboard.  

Rachel Hawkins, 32, from Bristol revealed a quick trick for changing large chunks of text from upper case to lower case. 

She was responding to a tweet which read: ‘Typing away only to realise cAPS LOCK HAS BEEN ACCIDENTALLY PUT ON AND YOU HAVE TO START THE WHOLE DAMN THING AGAIN’.

Being helpful, the mother-of-one replied: ‘Highlight it all then shift + F3’.

Rachel Hawkins, 32, from Bristol has blown people away with her savvy keyboard shortcut

Little did she know, she was soon inundated with floods of messages praising her for the ‘mindblowing’ shortcut, with some even joking she should receive a Damehood. 

One replied: ‘This is f******g life changing information! I was today years old when I learned this.’


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Another added: ‘Woah! Sorcery in action!’

A third wrote: ‘You’re a genius. Wish I’d known this years ago!’ 

The mother of one  responded to a tweet which read: ‘Typing away only to realise cAPS LOCK HAS BEEN ACCIDENTALLY PUT ON AND YOU HAVE TO START THE WHOLE DAMN THING AGAIN’

Rachel, who works for a charity, told Femail, she stumbled across the shortcut by accident years ago.  

‘I remember showing a couple of colleagues how to do it in my current job, not long after I first started, and they were blown away by it too!’ she said.   

‘To be honest, I thought most people would know that tip but then unless you’re using keyboards for long periods or have been using them for a long time you might not know!’ 

Little did she know, she was soon inundated with floods of messages praising her for the ‘mindblowing’ shortcut, with some even joking she should receive a Damehood

The shortcut only works in Outlook and Word, but has certainly caused people to go wild.

Since she sent the tweet, she’s been inundated with praise, racking up hundreds of mentions.

One person wrote: ‘I had no idea…the hours I could have saved.’

Since she sent the tweet, she’s been inundated with praise, racking up hundreds of mentions

Another added: ‘Rach you superstar! I didn’t know that’, while a third commented: ‘Dame Rachel Hawkins.   

Rachel said her new found ‘viral fame’ has been ‘quite nice really.’

She said: ‘Usually my mentions are full of other things –  so to actually be quite helpful, for once, is a welcome change!’

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