The num lock key has a nice place in my heart. I always enable num lock on my PC while typing anything. I’ve got a full key keyboard with num pad, so num lock keys come quite handy while typing numbers.
A thing that is annoying, though is that the Numlock key is never ON by default in Windows. This is true for Windows XP to the latest Windows 10. In certain BIOS (or UEFI), there is an option to keep Numlock On by default, but not all PCs have that.
Turn Num Lock by Default in Windows
So, in this post, I’ll discuss a simple registry trick which can help you enable Numlock ON by default on your Windows PC. I’m not sure how you can enable this on Linux, so I’m sorry about that. But, if you’ve got a motherboard which is less than five years old, it should have that option. Go to the BIOS and enable it. If you do that, there is no need to do anything more in this article. Coming to Windows, you can actually enable num lock ON by editing the registry key in the registry. Here are the steps for you.
Go to the BIOS and enable it. If you do that, there is no need to do anything more in this article. Coming to Windows, you can actually enable num lock ON by editing the registry key in the registry. Here are the steps for you.
- Search for
regeditin the start menu and open the Registry Editor. Accept the UAC prompt if it shows up.
- In the Registry Editor, go to
- Look for the Multi-String named InitialKeyboardIndicators. By default, it as the Value data
2147483648. Change it to
2147483650and press OK.
- Close the Registry Editor and restart your PC.
After performing these steps, the num lock key will always remain turned ON even after restarting your PC.
Note: With the latest Creators update, Windows 10 enables the num lock by default, so this trick isn’t applicable for that. The Creators Update enables the num lock as ON on the lock screen, so when you enter the password, there isn’t any error because of a mixup of keys.