Productivitiy: How to Keep NumLock On in Windows 8

Written by: Dogar Sahab - Published: Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 - Comments

The NumLock field can be annoying if it’s off. Here’s how you can keep it on ON all the time.
How to NumLock On in Windows 8


Why would you want to keep NumLock on?

If you are using a desktop computer it is very easy for you to press NumLock key if it is by default turned off every time your computer starts or logs on. However, as nowadays everyone uses a laptop PCs if NumLock of your computer is turned off by default it might be annoying for you to turn it on by using a combination of Fn and NumLock key (may differ from vendor to vendor hardware architecture).

In order to solve this problem, as a Windows 8 user, you can modify some registry settings in order to make your operating system turn on NumLock when your computer starts or when any user logs on. Since this configuration requires modifications in Windows registry it is strongly recommended that the registry should be backed up before you follow the instructions given below:

1 Logon to Windows 8 computer with account that has administrative privileges.

2 Press Windows + R key to initiate Run command box.

3 In the opened box type REGEDIT command and hit enter key. (Click Yes on UAC box).
Type REGEDIT
4 On Registry Editor box navigate the tree in the left pane and go to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard.

5 Right click on Keyboard in the left pane and from the available menu go to New.
Go to New Option

6 From the appeared submenu click on DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new entry.
Click on DWORD (32-bit) Value
7 On the right pane specify the name of the newly created entry as InitialKeyboardIndicators. (You are required to create this DWORD only if does not already exist).

8 Double-click on InitialKeyboardIndicators DWORD.

9 On the opened box specify its value as 2 to permanently turn on NumLock every time the computer starts or a user logs on and click on Ok button to save the changes.
Set Value as 2
10 Once done, restart your computer to allow the changes to take effect.

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4 Responses

  1. Max Burke said:

    Tried this, regedit shows the InitialKeyboardIndicators is set to 2 after a restart, but the num lock key is still off by default.

    This is on a desktop PC, and the BIOS setting is to have the num lock key on as well.

  2. Max Burke said:

    Also tried entering the hex code 80000002 (for 2) and even turning off and on num lock in the bios.

    None of these work. Windows 8 on this computer does not retain the Num Lock on setting and always reverts to Num Lock off when rebooted.

  3. Pierre said:

    same issue, but the previously existing InitialKeyboardIndicators keys was a REGSZ instead of a DWORD.
    I scraped the REGSZ and replaced by a DWORD

  4. Fred said:

    Hallelujah. Thanks, Pierre. The trick was to make InitialKeyboardIndicators a dword, not sz

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