This tutorial is written for all of you Windows users out there who find it very irritating having to press that “Num Lock” key EVERY time you try to enter a number using the numerical pad. Read below to find out how you can make the “Num Lock” key activate automatically as soon as you turn on your computer.

The first step you are going to have to take is to open the Windows registry editor. This can be opened by using the “Win + R” (press and hold the Windows key and then tap the "R” key) key combination, which will open the “Run” window. Once you have opened the “Run” window, you must enter the text highlighted below, into the text box of the “Run” window:

regedit

 

Once you have entered the text highlighted above into the “Run” window’s text box, you must hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. Doing this will open your computer’s “Registry Editor”, which you are going to use to allow tell the “Num Lock” key to turn on as soon as you turn on your PC.

 

Now that your “Registry Editor” Window is open you must navigate through the registry keys, using the folder tree on the left of the screen. In order to navigate to the registry key that will tell the “Num Lock” key to turn on automatically, you must use the expand the following registry folders by clicking the “+” sign next to the following registry folders and then their corresponding subfolder in the order shown below:

1.   HKEY_CURRENT_USER

2.           Control Panel

3.                     Keyboard

 

If you do not understand the instructions highlighted above, you may use the screenshots below to make sense of what exactly you should be expanding:

Registry Editing - Num Lock On Boot

 

Once you have expanded the folders and subfolders in the order shown above, you must click onto the title of the “Keyboard” folder, which will display you with the values shown in the screenshot above, which are (in case you can’t see them clearly) as follows:

Name Type Data
(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)
InitialKeyboardIndicators REG_SZ 2
KeyboardDelay REG_SZ 1
KeyboardSpeed REG_SZ 31

 

In order to enable the automatic “Num Lock” on feature, you must edit the “InitialKeyboardIndicators” value to the number “2”. Just as I have done in the screen shot above.

 

Once you have done this, restart your computer and your automatic “Num Lock” feature will now be activated.

Congratulations, you just worked around the many complications of enabling the “Num Lock” key on startup in Windows. Enjoy your newfound Windows Registry editing knowledge.

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