How to Make Num-Lock Stay On

By Michael Carroll

The Num-Lock key on your keyboard toggles the behavior of the number pad keys. When it is active they are used for numeric input; otherwise their alternate function is effected. By default the Num-Lock feature is deactivated when Windows starts. Edit the Windows registry to change this behavior so that the Num-Lock feature is enabled each time you start up your computer.

Step 1

Click the Start Menu, and type "regedit," then press Enter. Click "Yes" if prompted to give the Registry Editor permission to change the registry.

Step 2

Double click the "HKEY_USERS" folder in the lefthand pane to expand it. Expand ".DEFAULT," expand "Control Panel," and click "Keyboard."

Step 3

Double click the "InitialKeyboardIndicators" registry key in the righthand pane. Input "2" in the "Value data" field, and click "OK."

Step 4

Restart your computer. Num-Lock is on when your computer starts up.