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August 26, 2012 10:36:51 PM

My number pad keys 1 2 3 do not work. I have 2 keyboards, and they don't work on either one, so I presume it is a problem with my Mac?
August 27, 2012 1:28:03 AM

USB keyboards, blutooth?
Are they made for the country who's language system you're working in?

Most likely it's not your computer, perhaps you've spilled whatever onto both keyboards the same way.
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August 30, 2012 12:34:51 AM

Yes, both keyboards are correct for NZ. Both have been used for a couple of years. One is mine, the other I was given as a spare and haven't used, but plugged it in hoping it would solve the problem. I haven't spilled anything on mine and I think that would be too much of a coincidence for both keyboards, since all keys surrounding 1 2 3 are working fine.
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August 30, 2012 1:23:31 AM

I think it's more likely you've hit the NumLock (number lock) key which toggles the use of the keypad FOR EVERY KEYBOARD connected to that system.

Hit the button below F16 (it's like a crossed out rectangle) and try your number pad again.
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August 30, 2012 1:51:11 AM

I'm using a mac extended keyboard and don't have a number lock key. To lock the keypad, it uses the clear key, in conjunction with shift or option. That works to lock/unlock all the numbers on the numeric keypad, but doesn't change 1 2 3 which still don't work.
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August 30, 2012 2:47:46 AM

Can't suggest anything else, I'm not a mac user, merely using an apple keyboard on a Windows PC.
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September 9, 2012 5:58:51 AM

Thanks. Hopefully someone else can figure it out. It's a USB keyboard by the way.
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September 12, 2012 5:13:54 AM

It sounds like you've turned on the 'mouse keys' feature. It lets you move the mouse cursor around with your number pad and can be used in case you don't have a working mouse.

You can disable 'Mouse Keys' from: System Preferences --> Universal Access --> Mouse & Trackpad preferences.

If you're mouse goes down and you actually NEED to use the 'Mouse Keys' function, quickly hit your Option key five times in a row.
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October 19, 2012 1:50:21 AM

It turns out that Ubuntu thinks Mac extended keyboards have a numlock key. The key is marked "clear" (and sits below the f16 key as previously mentioned) and as I have no indicator lights for numlock I just press clear whenever the number pad behaves like it's been numlocked.
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October 19, 2012 4:23:01 AM

Ahh, I see. It would have helped if you mentioned you were using Ubuntu. :whistle: 

I lost correct functionality with some of the function keys on my 15" Macbook Pro right after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.10 to 12.04 too.
A quick edit of the alsa-base.conf file solved my problem, fixing both the volume keys (F3, F4, F5), and the brightness keys (F9 & F10) for me.
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October 26, 2012 1:13:15 AM

Nup, that's not it. Mouse keys are disabled. Thanks.
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October 26, 2012 1:16:06 AM

Yes, I've already been down the number lock path and know about the clear key (see my previous answer). So that's not it. Thanks.
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October 28, 2012 1:36:29 AM

No, I'm not using Ubuntu - that was a suggestion from teatimeG, and I had already checked my clear key (see my previous answer). Thanks.
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October 29, 2012 4:13:56 PM

Did you try using the keyboards on a different computer just in case you hit a 1 in a billion chance of having the 1-3 keys go out on both? Also have you tried different usb slots with the keyboards, what about a different user account?
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November 8, 2012 2:54:58 AM

Unfortunately I don't have access to a different computer and I don't have a different user account. I have tried all 4 usb slots on my computer, and oddly one of them worked, but only momentarily. I managed to get the 123, but the next time I tried, they didn't work again. Go figure!
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November 28, 2012 6:01:37 PM

This worked for me! Thank you very much! I thought there was something wrong with the keyboard!
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November 28, 2012 8:34:08 PM

Sorry bsurge, I don't understand your answer. What worked for you?
For others reading my thread, I (wekiwis) have still not managed to solve the problem, so any further suggestions are welcomed.
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February 19, 2013 9:51:41 PM

wildwell said:
It sounds like you've turned on the 'mouse keys' feature. It lets you move the mouse cursor around with your number pad and can be used in case you don't have a working mouse.

You can disable 'Mouse Keys' from: System Preferences --> Universal Access --> Mouse & Trackpad preferences.

If you're mouse goes down and you actually NEED to use the 'Mouse Keys' function, quickly hit your Option key five times in a row.


Thanks for this - I had the same problem, and that's exactly what the source was (guess I got too happy with the option key once!)
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March 26, 2013 6:58:02 AM

pauls3743 said:
I think it's more likely you've hit the NumLock (number lock) key which toggles the use of the keypad FOR EVERY KEYBOARD connected to that system.

Hit the button below F16 (it's like a crossed out rectangle) and try your number pad again.


wildwell said:
It sounds like you've turned on the 'mouse keys' feature. It lets you move the mouse cursor around with your number pad and can be used in case you don't have a working mouse.

You can disable 'Mouse Keys' from: System Preferences --> Universal Access --> Mouse & Trackpad preferences.

If you're mouse goes down and you actually NEED to use the 'Mouse Keys' function, quickly hit your Option key five times in a row.


Hitting the OPTION key 5 times in succession worked for me. I was at my wits end until I came across this solution. Thanks.

Kent
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March 26, 2013 6:59:21 AM

Key board wouldn't work on my MAC until I hit the option key 5 times in quick succession. Works now.
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April 28, 2013 1:19:57 PM

wekiwis said:
My number pad keys 1 2 3 do not work. I have 2 keyboards, and they don't work on either one, so I presume it is a problem with my Mac?


What Microsoft says is:

Hold down :

Left alt
Left shift

Then press the
Num Lock key

Worked for me where nothing else did...my mouse keys was off, etc. This is an excel issue (not a problem) as you can enable mouse keys in excel, and disable them as well.

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July 26, 2013 12:05:03 PM

Thank kkay4!

Hitting the OPTION key 5 times in succession worked for me. I was at my wits end until I came across this solution. Thanks.

Kent
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kkay4 said:
Key board wouldn't work on my MAC until I hit the option key 5 times in quick succession. Works now.


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August 13, 2013 11:26:48 AM

on mac's just press shift & clear key (the clear key is on top of #7) this will unlock your number pad :) 
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August 19, 2013 7:41:58 AM

oh the shift-clear is what worked when the numeric keybad didnt work when I was in excel.

In the Mac Help, it says, If your keyboard has a separate keypad but no Num Lock key, try pressing Shift-Clear.
If you’re using a portable computer, the Num Lock is a function key, marked Num Lock (F6).


If the numeric keypad still doesn’t work as you expect, you may have enabled Mouse Keys, which lets you move the pointer with the keypad.

To find the option that turns off Mouse keys, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Universal Access, and then click “Mouse & Trackpad.”

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October 3, 2013 12:10:07 AM

below was the answer
wildwell said:
It sounds like you've turned on the 'mouse keys' feature. It lets you move the mouse cursor around with your number pad and can be used in case you don't have a working mouse.

You can disable 'Mouse Keys' from: System Preferences --> Universal Access --> Mouse & Trackpad preferences.

If you're mouse goes down and you actually NEED to use the 'Mouse Keys' function, quickly hit your Option key five times in a row.

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