Holding Fn key to toggle Numlock

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  1. evenflow

    evenflow Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi!

    I know it's common to have to hit Fn+Numlock to toogle the numeric pad on and off on notebooks. I don't particularly like this behaviour. If you need to switch between text and digits alot it is not an optimal solution. Instead I would like to be able to press and hold only the Fn key as a modifier (like shift, ctrl or alt) which would temporarily activate numlock for as long as I keep holding it. When I release it numlock is deactivated...

    Anybody know of a software that can do this? Some macro software should be able to do this... but which one? Or is there perhaps some dedicated application available, because surely others must think Fn+Numlock is just as tedious as I do!?

    Thanks!
     
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    TheRunaway Notebook Consultant

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    I'm not sure, but I think if you just hit num lock, then you can hold fn and press the keys for the appropriate numbers.
     
  3. evenflow

    evenflow Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hmmm...

    My Num Lock can't be turned on and off by itself like that. To turn it on and off I have to hit Fn+NumLock. The numLock shares it's key with Insert.

    This is how it works by me (on my 2nd hand asus s1300):
    If NumLock is off the keys naturally type letters.
    If NumLock is off and I hold the Fn key the keys represent the arrows, home, pgdn etc.
    If NumLock is on the keys type numbers.
    If NumLock is on and I hold Fn while typing they go back to typing letters.

    Does this work differently on different notebooks? Perhaps there exists a set of keyboard drivers that work the way I want. I'm using "Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 keyboard" as driver now. Perhaps switching to an alternate one will provide a different behavior?
     
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    warlord Notebook Consultant

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    You should have the option in your bios to select FN key or Numlock to activate your number pad. There should also be and option to set Numlock on or off on startup.
     
  5. evenflow

    evenflow Notebook Enthusiast

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    That sounds like a bit of a bummer for me. The options available in my bios are VERY limited. Nothing to do with keyboards in there at all infact. I'll try and see if I can't find a compatible bios. So until I figure out another way I'm using AutoHotkey to have my LeftAlt key work as a modifier for NumLock (turns it on while Alt is pressed, and off when Alt is released;Unfortunatly it is not able to see my Fn key at all, so can't map to that :(). In case anyone else is interested, heres the script I put together:

    Code:
    LAlt::
    Send, {NumLock}
    KeyWait, LAlt
    Send, {NumLock}
    return
    Thanks fellas!
     
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