If your Windows account password or user name includes numerals, you might need to frequently use the numeric keypad to enter them. For that you need to enable NumLock, which may not on by default on your Logon screen/Lock screen in Windows 10. In this article, we will see how to enable Num Lock by default. This trick will also work in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
Enable NumLock by default in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
This does not require any Registry hacks or changes to system settings.
Simply boot to the login screen or the Lock screen and do the following:
- On the Logon/Lock screen, press the NumLock key on the keyboard to turn it on.
- The Login screen contains a power button in the bottom right corner. Use it to reboot Windows:
The next time Windows boots, NumLock will be automatically enabled. If this trick does not work for you for some reason, try the Registry tweak below. It should work in all modern Windows versions including Windows 10 and Windows 8.x.
Enable NumLock by default using Registry tweak
Here we go.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
If you do not have this Registry key, then just create it.
- Find the string value called "InitialKeyboardIndicators". In Windows 7, set its value data to 2. In Windows 8 and above, set its value to 80000002. A note for Windows 10 users: if your Windows 10 does not save the state of NumLock after the reboot, try to set the value "InitialKeyboardIndicators" to 2147483650. This will turn on NumLock on the logon screen starting from the next boot.
Bonus tip:Using the InitialKeyboardIndicators parameter, it is possible to control other keys besides NumLock. See the table for its possible values for Windows 7:
|0||Turn all indicators off (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock)|
|1||Turn CapsLock on|
|2||Turn NumLock on|
|3||Turn CapsLock and NumLock on|
|4||Turn ScrollLock on|
|5||Turn CapsLock and ScrollLock on|
|6||Turn NumLock and ScrollLock on|
|7||Turn all indicators on (NumLock, CapsLock, ScrollLock)|
For Windows 8 and above you should try to use values like 80000000,80000001,80000002, i.e. add 80000000 to Windows 7 value.