Ways to Activate the Num Lock Key at Boot Up

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Ways to Activate the Num Lock Key at Boot Up
You can set the Num Lock value to "on" by default in Windows. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

If you use the number pad frequently during your daily computer usage, you may want to have the "Num Lock" key enabled when the computer starts up. You can enable Num Lock automatically in two different ways: one involves modifying a value in the registry and the other requires you to create a small script in Notepad.

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Activate Num Lock Through the Registry

Enter the registry and navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard." Double-click on the value labelled "IntitialKeyboardIndicators," which has a value of 0,1 or 2. Change the value to "2" to turn Num Lock on after logon, "0" to turn Num Lock off after logon and "1" to disable Num Lock.

Create a Num Lock Script

Configure a script that runs to automatically change the Num Lock state. Depending on where you place the script, you can activate the script for a single user or all users on the computer. Open Notepad and paste the following code

"set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

WshShell.SendKeys "{NUMLOCK}"

Save the file as "numlock.vbs," including the quotes to change the notepad file to a script. Paste the file in the directory "Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" to enable Num Lock for all users by default. For a single user, copy it to their start-up folder instead of All Users.

Enter the BIOS

Enter your computer's BIOS before Windows boots up to change the integrated Num Lock settings. Depending on your motherboard manufacturer, different key combinations allow you to access the BIOS. Common keys include "F1," "F2," "Del," "ESC" or "F10." Consult your computer's documentation for specifics. Navigate through the basic or advanced options until you find a section dedicated to enable or disable Num Lock on boot.

Enable in Linux

Linux is an alternate operating system. While the BIOS method may work for Linux, you can also change the process through the options if using KDE Linux. Navigate to "Control Panel" and click "Peripherals." Select "Keyboard" and select the option "Turn on" under the heading labelled "NumLock on KDE Startup."

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