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Basic Computer Skills Windows XP

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13. The NumLock key

number padNumbers are available in a row above the letters on your keyboard. However, sometimes you'll want to type numbers quickly. The number keypad on the right of your keyboard is far more convenient. The number keypad only types in numbers if the NumLock key is engaged.

If numbers aren't showing on the screen when you type on the number keypad, try clicking on the NumLock key. The NumLock key is typically at the top-left corner of the number keypad.

Another way to determine if the NumLock key in engaged is to see if the NumLock light is lit at the top-right edge of the keyboard.

Exercise

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Use the number pad to type in a bunch of numbers. Is NumLock engaged?
  3. Press the NumLock key.
  4. Type in a bunch of numbers again. Is the NumLock key engaged?
  5. What is the difference between having NumLock on or off?

When the NumLock key is not engaged, the number keypad is used for scrolling around the screen instead.

 

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