No Numpad? No Problem! How to Get a Numeric Keypad in Windows

MakeUseOf | 9/13/2017 | Dann Albright
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Lots of Windows apps work better if you have a numeric keypad on your keyboard. (And it’s great for quickly typing special characters.) But not everyone wants a full-size keyboard, and very few laptops come equipped with numpads.

15 Common Symbols You Can Insert With the Alt Key

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Your keyboard has lots of symbols, but there are plenty more that aren't immediately accessible.

There are plenty of ways to use a number pad on your computer, even if your keyboard doesn’t have one. Some are built right in, while others will take a bit more work. But one of these solutions will definitely fit your needs.

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The on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 has a numeric keypad that you can use. It’s not super convenient, as you’ll have to click on each of the numbers, but if you don’t need it very often, it’s an easy way to go.

How to Type & Click When You Can't Use a Mouse or Keyboard

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How do you use a computer when you're unable to use a standard mouse or keyboard? Using specially-adapted software, of course!

First, open up Windows PowerShell. Hit Windows + X (or right-click on the Windows menu button) and click on Windows PowerShell from the resulting menu.

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When the command prompt appears, type “osk” and hit Enter.

When the on-screen keyboard first appears, there will be no number pad. You’ll need to click the Options button in the lower-right corner, and then check Turn on numeric key pad.

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Finally, hit the NumLock button to bring up the keypad.

Now, whenever you need to type a number from the numpad, just click it on the on-screen keyboard. This also works with modifier keys: just press Alt, Ctrl, or any other button you need, then click the digit on the numeric keypad.


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