Put simply, it hurts. Lots.
If you have never used Emacs in anger, this cheat sheet might give you an idea: all those capital C’s are Ctrl key combinations, so in Emacs parlance, “C-x, C-f” means holding Ctrl and pressing x and f in sequence.
After mentioning this to a friend who uses Emacs all day, exclusively (and is also one of the finest C programmers I’ve known personally), he pointed me to this little trick he has used for a few years now: remapping the Caps Lock key to become another Ctrl key.
So, for those out there stuck on a tiny Dell laptop keyboard and running Windows XP, here’s the solution I’ve used: create a file named
remap_capslock.regand paste this into it:
Execute it, restart, and enjoy being unable TO SHOUT IN NEWSGROUP DISCUSSIONS OR WRITE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENTS while your pinky thanks you.