When I use my Windows laptop, I’m always accidentally brushing against the Num Lock key. I suppose it’s because the keys are so flat; I never have this problem on a desktop.
I thought there must be some way to set it so that it’s always on, so I searched for it. First I found articles on how to turn Num Lock on at startup, but that’s not my problem. The key already is on when I start up, but it doesn’t stay on when I brush against it.
Next I found articles say to set a certain registry key. That didn’t work for me, and apparently a lot of other people have the same experience.
Some articles say to edit your BIOS. My understanding is that you can edit the BIOS to permanently disable the key, but I wanted to permanently enable the key.
Here’s what did work: give AutoHotKey the command
I haven’t used AutoHotKey before. I’ve heard good things it, but it seems like it can be quite a deep rabbit hole. I intend to look into it a little, but for now I just want my Num Lock to stay on.
After you install AutoHotKey and run it, you get its help browser, not the app per se, and it’s not immediately obvious how to run the code above. You need to save the line of code to a file whose name ends in
.ahk, such as
numlock.ahk. If you double-click on that file, it will run the AutoHotKey script. To make it run automatically when your computer starts up, put the script in your Startup folder. This is probably
You can bring up the Startup folder by typing Windows key + R, then
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