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November 6, 2011 9:58:14 PM

The right half of my laptop keyboard types numbers and characters instead of letters, but when I hold down the function key, it types correctly. How do I get it to stay correct permanantly?

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November 6, 2011 10:01:50 PM

This sounds like a case of numlock. check and see that it's off? because most laptops without a numpad, have numlock which turns some of the keys on the right to numbers.
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November 6, 2011 10:04:59 PM

Hello KissanKissa;

That almost sounds like some type of 'function lock' option.
Have you checked your laptop users guide for Fn options?

But the fact that it's only HALF the keyboard might be a symptom of a general keyboard failure. If that's the case - it's a probably going to take new keyboard to solve the problem.
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November 6, 2011 10:07:16 PM

Abyssalx said:
This sounds like a case of numlock. check and see that it's off?
That could be the case.
But usually a reboot would reset the numlock. So you'll want to check your BIOS settings where you have might have the Numlock option set ON by default.
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November 6, 2011 10:31:10 PM

It is numlock. There is either a dedicated key, or you have to hit fn + something else (possibly screen lock or some f-key). I've seen this so many times. People don't realize there is numlocks on a laptop. If you look closely there should be smaller or lighter colored numbers on those keys. On my laptop the numbers are on the beveled edge.
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November 13, 2011 11:45:36 PM

Best answer selected by KissanKissa.
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September 29, 2014 12:50:26 AM

FOund this solution on another site:

Open up notepad and copy/paste:

set WshShell = CreateObject("wScript.Shell")
WshShell.SendKeys "{NUMLOCK}"

Now save as whatever.vbs

If you double click this then it will turn the num lock on and off.

Cheers,
Ace

IF you get stuck here is the video that help me find the solution (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8J7TJBSBPo)
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October 5, 2014 10:26:35 AM

KissanKissa said:
The right half of my laptop keyboard types numbers and characters instead of letters, but when I hold down the function key, it types correctly. How do I get it to stay correct permanantly?


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December 3, 2014 2:30:15 PM

gayanp said:
KissanKissa said:
The right half of my laptop keyboard types numbers and characters instead of letters, but when I hold down the function key, it types correctly. How do I get it to stay correct permanantly?



Is a number lock in the bios just disable it
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January 10, 2015 3:39:02 AM

WR2 said:
Abyssalx said:
This sounds like a case of numlock. check and see that it's off?
That could be the case.
But usually a reboot would reset the numlock. So you'll want to check your BIOS settings where you have might have the Numlock option set ON by default.


This was helpful. Doing a simple reboot fixed it for me.

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March 23, 2015 2:27:55 PM

Thanks for your help
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April 20, 2015 4:22:58 AM

nordlead said:
It is numlock. There is either a dedicated key, or you have to hit fn + something else (possibly screen lock or some f-key). I've seen this so many times. People don't realize there is numlocks on a laptop. If you look closely there should be smaller or lighter colored numbers on those keys. On my laptop the numbers are on the beveled edge.


HI Iam worried for my same problem as mentioned above but this is very helpful for me. It is numlock. There is either a dedicated key, or you have to hit fn + something else (possibly screen lock or some f-key). I've seen this so many times. People don't realize there is numlocks on a laptop. If you look closely there should be smaller or lighter colored numbers on those keys. On my laptop the numbers are on the beveled edge.
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August 21, 2015 7:05:18 PM

yes it worked now. Thanks. you need to press Fn key with then num lock button
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December 8, 2015 5:11:56 PM

KissanKissa said:
The right half of my laptop keyboard types numbers and characters instead of letters, but when I hold down the function key, it types correctly. How do I get it to stay correct permanantly?


System Prefs. Go to Keyboard Type and you get the Keyboard Assistant saying your keyboard can't be identified. ( At least that's what I get.) You get prompted to Select keyboard type select ANSI and the problem is solved!



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March 31, 2016 9:34:27 AM

Abyssalx said:
This sounds like a case of numlock. check and see that it's off? because most laptops without a numpad, have numlock which turns some of the keys on the right to numbers.


NumLk it is!
Thanks for the simple solution!
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