Phantom NumLock

A friend’s laptop came back from service the other day in a very strange state.  It was acting as if NumLock was on – but it doesn’t have a NumLock key or the numeric overlay below.  That makes it difficult (impossible!) to enter a password that contains u,i,o,j,k, or l – or do anything else with that part of the keyboard.

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There is a way around this.  Use the on-screen keyboard available via the Ease of Access icon on the log in screen.  Click on the Ease of Access icon, then check “Type without the keyboard” and click “OK”.

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That will bring up the on-screen keyboard.  Click “Options” and check “Turn on numeric keypad” and click “OK”.

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You should now have an on-screen keyboard with a NumLock key that will also affect the physical keyboard.

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This can also be done from within Windows (if you can get that far) via Start -> Accessories -> Ease of Access -> On-Screen Keyboard.

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One Response to Phantom NumLock

  1. john says:

    NAH, did not work for me. My Lenovo W530 is too stubborn. The onscreen numloc had no effect on my keyboard

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