how do i unlock subkeys on my windows xp comp

July 21, 2011 at 15:06:21
Specs: Windows XP
when I type a word on the keyboard on some letters it will show a number, and not the letter. how can I fix it.?

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#1
July 21, 2011 at 15:27:14
confirm in control panel /keyboard and the hardware tab that you have standard 101/102 keyboard listed.

after that try a different keyboard to see if you get different results

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#2
July 21, 2011 at 15:29:58
Is this a laptop? if so, turn off Numlock.

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#3
July 21, 2011 at 15:51:52
Num lock on laptop? I only remember a numlock key but a function key [Fn key] as most laptops don't have a numeric key pad. Though an excellent thought.

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#4
July 21, 2011 at 16:03:11
Hi Wanderer, every laptop I've ever seen (with the exception of tablet type laptops) have a numlock key. It changes the following keys to numbers

U=4
I=5
O=6
J=1
K=2
L=3
M=0
P=*
;=-
.=.
/=+


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#5
July 22, 2011 at 12:23:30
I don't recall seeing a NumLock key on laptops, either. I have seen many with a Fn (Function) key, usually on the left of the keyboard between Ctrl and Alt. :)

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#6
July 22, 2011 at 13:21:43
My Dell Inspiron 2500 has a Num Lock key ans performs the functions outlined by THX 1139. It also doubles up a Scroll Lock when shifted. It is on the top right of the keyboard.

It is probably safe to say that some do and some don't. Depends on the manufacture and how they chose to implement numbers on the keyboard.

Stuart


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#7
July 22, 2011 at 13:29:22
after looking closer at my present dell there is a numlock [never have used] as StewartS describes.

Good suggestion THX 1138. Hopefully the OP heard you.

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#8
July 23, 2011 at 07:49:22
I just found a mysterious key on my Inspiron laptop. Hmmmm I pressed it. It opened my DVD drive. Learned something new today!!! Yay! No NumLock key though.

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#9
July 23, 2011 at 09:15:46
On my oldie Dell Inspiron 3700, it uses Num Lock for the numeric keypad.

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