What Do You Know About the Num Lock Key?

By | January 25, 2015
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The Num Lock Key

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, we’re going to show you a little trick using the Num Lock key that is 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 keyboard. 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. And you should click OK because that’s the entire point of this trick, isn’t it?

This article applies to all versions of Windows from Windows XP through Windows 10.


8 thoughts on “What Do You Know About the Num Lock Key?

  1. Robert

    Mine didn’t used to work, but it does now. Great help, as my keys are not tapered like on a real keyboard.


  2. D. Peacock

    It didn’t work for me. My light is always on. If I turn it off my numbers will not work. I have an HP working on Windows 7. I wish it did work for me.

  3. Jean Vogt

    I have a new Dell computer and there is no Num lock key on this keynoard. Windows 7.

  4. DB

    This is where I want my name and email address removed. Not from your newsletters. I enjoy receiving and reading those. My name and address has been on Leave a Reply since I ask you for an address were I could mail you a donation via mail. See the above. This is on all of your web pages since I sent the email I am referring to. I do not know what I did wrong when I sent the email. I sent one to you last year and this did not happen. I hope you can help me.


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