Work networked computers previously had numlock on as default at start up and log on. But now default is off. This is a pain, especially since my password is mostly numbers. Also no need for numlock as arrow keys and home etc keys have their own dedicated keys anyway so number pad does not need to be dual use. Tried control panel keyboard but no option there. I don't have administrator rights so maybe not seeing the option. Asked IT and they were as useful as they usually are.
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Re: want numlock on as default at start up
There is an option in the BIOS setup to turn the NUMLOCK ON when the computer boots. If you know how to get to the BIOS, it should be easy to find on one of the menus.
If you do not know how to get into the BIOS, watch when the computer first begins booting. It should say something like, "For Setup Press <Whatever Key>". You only have a few seconds to press the stated key. Once in, search for the option for NUMLOCK. When you are done look for "Save and Exit".
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Try pressing your numlock (top left of the keypad) and try the numbers again. Try your keyboard in another computer -- if they still dont work, you have a hardware failure ... time for another keyboard. If it works on another computer, then I would recommend right-clicking on "My Computer" and selecting "Manage". Go into the hardware manager, and delete your keyboard, and reboot. The Windows will find your keyboard and reinstall the drivers, hopefully resetting whatever configuration was previously blocking your keypad keys.
Most likely you have your numlock key turned on by mistake. Look on your computer and see if there is a light with a padlock and a number in the padlock. It is probably lit up. Now look for a key on your keyboard called "numlock" and press the key once. See if the light goes off. When you have the numlock key on some of the letter keys will work as numbers like a calculator. When you turn it off the keys are back to letters.
Whether numlock is on or off when you boot is based on a setting in your bios. When you first start the computer you should get a prompt indicating what key or keys to press to enter 'setup'. Once you are in there, simply go through the options until you find the option for numlock and set it so it gives you the desired behavior.
Are you saying it will stay on even if you press NumLock to turn it
off? That's weird. But on most computers NumLock automatically comes on
...you can change this in the computers BIOS. Try pressing F1 as your
computer is booting up to change this option.