Imagine you are engrossed in some extensive calculation and are punching in numbers endlessly, only to realize later that none of them were typed on the screen and absurd things were happening. All because you had forgotten to switch the Num Lock key on. Windows 10 Num Lock issues have continued to bug users ever since the sands of time and are still doing so. Worry not! We have got your back, and in this blog, we’ll try and solve some of the common Windows 10 Num Lock issues.
First thing first, after each of the steps mentioned below or even before that, keep a check on the Num Lock button on your keypad. It could also be that you have mistakenly switched it off. With that out of the way, here are some effective methods to tackle Windows 10 Num Lock issues.
Method 1: Enable / Disable Windows 10 Numlock On Startup
If you wish to enable Windows 10 Num Lock at the startup, you can accomplish this by making changes to the registry. Here are the steps to do that but before that here’s a small piece of advice –
Note: Please be very careful of the changes you make to the registries. So, it is always advisable to keep a registry backup handy. For this, when you open the Registry Editor, click on File and then Export and keep it saved at your desired location.
So, to enable or disable Windows 10 Num Lock key on startup, follow the steps mentioned below –
- Open the registry by pressing the Windows + R key which will open the Run command
- Type regedit and press enter
- Follow the path HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Keyboard
- On the right-hand screen, you will see InitialkeyboardIndicators. Its values define whether you want to disable or enable Windows 10 Num Lock at startup. Double click on this option and change the value to “0” to disable Windows 10 Num Lock on startup and “2” to enable Windows 10 Num Lock at startup
- Expand the HKEY_USERS registry folder.
You will see a series of keys going from S-1- …which are user accounts on your PC. You will have to repeat the step above manually, double click on each of the keys, go to InitialkeyboardIndicators and change their value to “2.”
Method 2: Uncheck The Option “Control Your Mouse With A Keypad”
If you find that Num lock is not working in Windows 10, follow these steps and uncheck the “Control your mouse with a keypad” option:
- Press Windows + I keys which will open the Settings
- Scroll down to Ease of Access
- Under Interaction click on Mouse
- Check if the Control your mouse with a keypad button is switched off
Method 3: Disable Fast Startup
This is an easy little process that was introduced back in Windows 8. The feature is also known as a hybrid boot. It uses your computer’s hibernate or sleep mode so that your computer can boot faster. Disabling this feature can give you control of Num Lock. To disable fast startup, follow the steps mentioned below –
- Press Windows + X key
- Click on Power Options
- Under Related Settings click on Additional Power Settings
- On the left-hand side click on Choose what the power button does
- Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable which you will find under Define power buttons and turn on password protection
- Uncheck Turn on fast startup
- Click on Save Changes
Method 4: Customize Num Lock In Your BIOS Settings
When you boot your computer, you will find a way to get into the BIOS settings right on the very first screen. Now, BIOS settings may be specific to your computer. Once, in the BIOS settings, you might find an option that lets you enable Num Lock at startup or boot. You can try enabling and disabling it. After your computer starts, check if your Num Lock is functional or not.
Think you have made a mistake, here’s how you can reset BIOS settings
Also Read: Best BIOS Update Software For Windows
In The End
We know how frustrating it can be when, despite having tried hard, Num Lock doesn’t seem to work. We earnestly hope that by trying methods above, you will be able to get over Num Lock issues in Windows 10. For more such troubleshooting content, keep reading Systweak Blogs. You can also find us on social media – Facebook and YouTube.