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Keyboard is locked into Fn mode and doesn't type letters on the right side

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  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2008

    keyboard locked up does not work

  • link1968 May 17, 2008

    Stuck in the function lock mode

  • surej sun May 18, 2008

    when typing in the key board instead of letters numbers are coming

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    The fn key is locked

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    the keyboard is in a locked mode

  • Anonymous Aug 18, 2008

    fn key locked

  • Anonymous Aug 25, 2008

    I have discovered that the reason this occurs on my Gateway laptop is because I use a external keyboard and I ocassionally leave the number lock on. The fix is to turn off the number lock on the external keyboard. If it is unplugged just plug it in and turn off the number lock on the external keyboard which will cause the blue number lock to disappear by the touch pad on your laptop.

  • Anonymous Aug 25, 2008

    fn key on keyboard is locked

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    On a Gateway tablet keyboard, you have to press the Fn key and F9 at same time.



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You need to press FN and NumLk together (NumLk on some laptop keyboards is either F11 or F12)

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    CAROLLEE Apr 10, 2014

    It was helpful because it gave me something new to try - it didn't work though. My keyboard has set point and tells me when num lock is on or off - but I still get no numbers typed. Any other suggestions?


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Interesting that I have one laptop/external keyboard combination that separates the numlock function, i.e. I can use the number pad on the external and the letters on the laptop easily, and I have a new laptop/external combo where the numlock works in sync. I sure prefer to have numlock work separately. I've tried using 0,1, and 2 on the registry (and restarting), but no luck

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SOURCE: locked keyboard buttons

If the wrong characters appear when you are typing or you are trying to use a keyboard that is different than the one that came with the computer, use the following steps to synchronize Windows to the type of keyboard you have:

  1. Click Start c01311982.gif , and type region into the Start Search field.
  2. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab.
  3. Click Change Keyboards .
    A Text Services and Input Languages window opens.
    Figure 3: Change Keyboard button
  4. Click Add .
    Figure 4: Add button
  5. Select the keyboard(s) you want to use and click OK .
    Figure 5: Add input language: US Dvorak keyboard selected.
    The new keyboard is added to the list of available keyboards and a keyboard icon appears on the system tray, allowing you to switch between the keyboard that you want to use with the mouse.
    Figure 6: Keyboard tray icon
  6. From the Text Services and Input Languages window, select the new keyboard in the list and click Move up until it is first in the list. This makes it the default keyboard.
    Figure 7: Move up button
  7. Click OK . You can now use the new keyboard. If you find that the new keyboard works well and you do not want to use the other keyboard, repeat these steps and Remove the keyboard that you do not want from the General tab of the Text Services and Input Languages window.

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SOURCE: my grandaughter was pushing buttons on my laptop

Look closely at the keys on your keyboard.
There's one key that enables/disables "NUMBER PAD" mode.
Press that key.

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