How can you make sure the Num Lock key is automatically enabled in Windows 11? Windows 11 is an operating system developed by Microsoft, designed to make #computer usage more convenient and efficient by offering a range of features. One of these features is the Num Lock key, which allows users to quickly input numerical data on their computers without having to manually activate it each time they start their machines. What is the Num Lock key? This key on the keyboard is required to be activated for entering numbers.
Keep the Num Lock Key Active
The procedures described here are performed on Windows 11. The same applies to the Windows 10 operating system. Let’s see how to make the Num Lock key stay active at startup without the need for BIOS settings or another program.
- Let’s go to the search area in the taskbar and type “Registry Editor.” Click on the Registry Editor application that appears in the search results. You can also access the same screen by pressing Windows + R on the keyboard to open the Run dialog and typing “regedit.”
In the Registry Editor screen that appears, we will find the “InitialKeyboardIndicators” value. This registry key value can be found in the registry under the following paths:
- Computer/HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Control Panel/Keyboard
- Computer/HKEY_USERS/S-1-5-19/Control Panel/Keyboard
- Computer/HKEY_USERS/S-1-5-20/Control Panel/Keyboard
- Computer/HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Keyboard
Instead of searching for these values one by one, the quickest method is to search for the “InitialKeyboardIndicators” value. To do this:
- Click on the “Edit” option in the top section of the Registry Editor.
- In the opened submenu, select “Find” and search for the “InitialKeyboardIndicators” value.
- In the search results, double-click on the “InitialKeyboardIndicators” value, and remove the default value data digit, then type “2” into it.
- Go back to the Find dialog and search for this value in other registered key values, and change it in the same way. This value is registered in four places in the registry. Keep searching until you find it and set the digit to “2”.
After completing the search and value modification process, to make the settings take effect, restart the computer. If Num Lock is still not active, follow the same method and change the last digit of the default value (InitialKeyboardIndicators | 2147483648) to “50”.
Additionally, with these numbers you can enable these options:
- 0: All off
- 1: Caps Lock on
- 2: Num Lock on
- 3: Caps Lock on and Num Lock on
- 4: Scroll Lock on
- 5: Caps Lock on and Scroll Lock on
- 6: Num Lock on and Scroll Lock on
- 7: Caps Lock on, Num Lock on, and Scroll Lock on