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Windows 7: Disable NumLock key to prevent accidental turn off


19 Jul 2010   #1

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Disable NumLock key to prevent accidental turn off

Hi there, I have an Acer Aspire 5741 which has a number keypad. It also has a Num Lock key that I am constantly hitting by mistake and turning off my keypad (while going for the Del, Home, or Backspace keys, all of which are smaller than the NumLock key. Go figure). Is there a way to disable the NumLock key but not disable the keypad, or have the keypad permanently 'on' regardless of hitting the NumLock key? Cheers.

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19 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Not 100% sure it will work in 7 but there is software you can install that will do it for you.

Set or Unset NUM LOCK in Windows Freeware

EDIT: Never mind. Decided to try it myself and it won't run. I'll play around with it a bit and look for more options as well.
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19 Jul 2010   #3

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First, let me make it quite clear that I do not know if this will work and second I do not believe in hacking the registry. If you must, however, make a system restore point and back up the registry
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19 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Okay, found a tutorial on how-to-geek. You should be fine doing what it says as long as you read the instructions carefully. You do need to do some registry tweaking for this.

Caps Lock Key - Enable or Disable

and

Disable Caps Lock Key in Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek
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19 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

richc, after trying to see if your fix would be easier, it seems that the link you provided is for XP only. Also, I decided to take a look at the registry on my dads XP computer. 2 is the default number, so the fix does not seem like it would work.
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19 Jul 2010   #6

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I said that up front, I did not mislead.
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19 Jul 2010   #7

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi guys, thanks for such quick responses. I'll check out your link Petey7 and get back to you.
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19 Jul 2010   #8

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi Petey7, I checked out "Disable Caps Lock Key in Windows 7 or Vista" but it's all about killing Caps Lock and there isn't really anything there about Num Lock, except for someone else wanting the same thing as me I may have missed something of course so if I'm wrong please point me in the right direction. Cheers.
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19 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

An easier way is to see if Sharpkeys lets you do it.

RandyRants: SharpKeys 2.1.1

or Keytweak.

Download KeyTweak - Freeware Software - Tucows
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19 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Sorry, that was due to a lack of reading on my part. I should have payed more attention. I've gotta say this is starting to annoy me a little. I'm not going to rest until I find the solution to this (I want to be able to do this too).
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