How to deactivate the scroll lock without a scroll lock key

Written by ben richard
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Some modern keyboards have removed the Scroll Lock key, which is unused by most programs. Programs like Microsoft Excel, however, use the Scroll Lock key as a modifier --- arrow keys scroll the screen instead of moving from cell to cell. With no way to shut it off on the keyboard, users need alternatives to disable the key at will.

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  1. 1

    Press the "Fn" and "Pause/Break" or "Fn" and "Num Lock" keys if the keyboard has them. This combination takes the place of the Scroll Lock key on some keyboards.

  2. 2

    Click "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "Accessibility," "On-Screen Keyboard."

    Alternatively, click "Start," "Run," then type "OSK" or "Search" for "osk.exe."

  3. 3

    Click the "SLK" button (at the top right, past the function keys) on the On-Screen Keyboard to turn Scroll Lock on and off as needed.

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