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The Hidden Numeric Keypad on Your Laptop

The numeric keypad that exists on standard keyboards still exists on laptops. The key to finding a laptop’s numeric keypad is to use the Num Lock key. Follow these steps to see an example of using the numeric keypad, shown below:

1

Open a program you can type in.

Notepad or your work processor are good choices.

2

Type “I just love Kimmy in Notepad.

You discover in a few steps why you adore Kimmy.

3

Find the Num Lock light on your laptop’s strip of lights.

The light is your confirmation that you’re in Num Lock mode and can use the embedded numeric keypad.

4

Find the Num Lock key on your laptop's keyboard.

It might be called NumLock, or NumLk, or Num, or it might even be labeled with some type of symbol.

5

Attempt to activate Num Lock.

Press the Num Lock key. If nothing happens, try Shift+Num Lock.

If the text Num Lock is shown in a different color, find the matching-color key, such as Alt or Fn. Then press that key in combination with Num Lock.

You’re successful when the Num Lock light comes on. At that point, the keyboard has switched into numeric keypad mode.

6

Try to type “I just love Kimmy” again.

It doesn’t work. You get something like 14st 36ve 500y. That’s because most of the keys on the right side of the keyboard now have their numeric keypad abilities activated. It’s great for entering numbers or working a spreadsheet, but rather frustrating at other times.

7

Deactivate Num Lock.

Press whatever key combination you used to turn it on.

8

Close the program.

You don’t need to save the document.

Try to remember which key combination you used to activate the numeric keypad.

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