The Num Lock Key

By | July 15, 2015
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The Num Lock Key

The Num Lock is seldom used, in fact, most of us never use the Num Lock key. Some of us don’t even know where it is or even care where it is. But, can show you a couple little tricks using the Num Lock key that are really useful. So, in case you don’t know where the Num Lock key is, it’s at the top of the Numeric Keypad on your right side of keyboard, usually on the top of numeric keypad (most laptops do not have numeric keypads – laptop keyboards are a different animal). Take a look. See it? Good!

Did you know if you hold that key down for 5 seconds you can turn on Accessibility Options that will cause your computer to beep whenever you accidentally hit the Caps Lock key Scroll Lock key or the Num Lock key? Well it does, try it! Hold down the Num Lock key for five seconds (a light will come on indicating the Num Lock key is depressed – no it’s not depressed because your pressing on it – or maybe it is!) When the light goes out (in about 5 seconds) a dialog window will appear and tell you that you’ve turned your Accessibility Options and if you want to keep them on to click OK.

Also, toggling the Num Lock key on and off switches between using the number keys to type numbers like 789456123 and using the number keys as function keys. The function each key performs in function mode (Num Lock key toggled off) are shown on the keys themselves. For instance, pressing certain keys, like “7” for instance, will cause your cursor to jump to the beginning of a line of text. And “4” will backspace one space, and “8” will cause your cursor to move up one line. Other numerical keypads have different functions; look at the keypad to find out what each key’s function is when Num Lock is toggled off.

Dear laptop users:

To all those with laptops – many laptop keyboards don’t have a Num lock key because they don’t have numeric keypads. We have 4 laptops between EB and I. None of ours have a Num lock key. However some laptops do and if they do can access it by using the fn key. Also, if your laptop has a numeric keypad, you will have a Num lock key. We don’t want all you laptop users going crazy to find the Num lock key 🙂

6 thoughts on “The Num Lock Key

  1. Rose Cantalini

    I accidentally hit something on my numeric keyboard that changes my ? to a French E with an accent mark. I do not know what I hit to cause it. I found that the only way for me to get rid of that E and have use my question mark, is to turn off my laptop, wait, and turn it on again. What is the simpler way to get my question mark to return? My Num Lock key turns on by accident only. Thanks.
    Also if you remember my HP Pavilion 4060us laptop, it has been fixed. Should I email you from it and give you my Cloudeight Key number for the Emsisoft to be installed on it? Thank you. Rose

  2. Raaymond McCrudden

    Can I just say that I use the ‘Numeric Keypad’ for two important things whilst typing.
    Alt+0189 = ½
    Alt + 0176 = ° (degree sign)

    Playing around with it, other fractions will appear – – -where else would you fine a ½ or a ° ?

  3. Rosa

    Can you give us a list of what num-lock will do with the alt key? Something that we can print out?

  4. Debb

    I have a numeric keypad but no num-lock. Mine says “Clear Calc” in that spot and does nothing like you’ve suggested. I have an older gaming keyboard: Logitech MX5000 Wireless Bluetooth. On mine you have to enable/disable it through the On Screen Keyboard (osk).


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