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NumLock Preferences

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When you start up your computer, the NumLock key may not be enabled. Therefore, you will not be able to use your number pad until you press the NumLock key.

You can easily fix this by changing a setting in the CONFIG.SYS file.

Important Note: Computertim Technologies takes no responsibility in the effects of modifying system files. The directions as is should work, but we can make no guarantees.

NumLock Preferences

1. Click the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and select "Notepad" from the menu that appears.

2. Click the File menu, and select "Open" from the menu that appears.

3. Navigate to the "C:\" drive.

4. From the "File type:" drop-down menu, select "All Files" instead of the default "[.txt] Text File" option.

5. Scroll until you find the "Config.sys" file.

6. Select it, and click Open.

7. Add the following line: "NUMLOCK = ON" (without the quotes). Be sure that this line is at the bottom of the file, on it's own separate line.

Tip: If you would like NumLock not be be enabled when Windows starts up, then add the line: "NUMLOCK = OFF" instead.

8. Select "Save" from the File menu.

9. Close Notepad.

10. Restart your computer, and the changes will take effect.

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