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Computer manufacturers use the Fn key to cram even more virtual keys onto smaller laptop keyboards. Sometimes it can get confused.

As i type right now, i have to hold down the "Fn" key just to get normal letters. I don't know how it happened, but I'm on a laptop and the only way for me to get the "u,i,o,l,;,k,j,m,7,9,0,/,p" keys are to hold down the "Fn" key. It is purple on the lower left of my internal keyboard.

One of the compromises that laptop manufacturers had to make to support a full-sized keyboard into the space of a laptop is that numeric keypad that most keyboards have. What they've done is overlaid it "on top" of the regular alpha numeric keyboard.

The trick, of course, is noticing it, and then turning it on, or in your case, off.

Here's a shot of my laptop's keyboard (please, ignore the dirt - it's a well used, and well traveled, machine):

Leo's Keyboard

and down in the lower left you'll see the "Fn" key that we're talking about (though mine's blue instead of purple):

Fn Key

"That layout of blue characters mimics the layout of the numeric keypad on a full-sized keyboard."

If you look closely at the rest of the keyboard you'll see that several keys include blue lettering on them as well. In fact, if you look at the keys 7, 8, 9, 0 on the top row, U, I, O, P on the next, J, K, L, : on the next and M, > and ? on the bottom, you'll see that each has a blue character on it:

Embedded Key Pad

That layout of blue characters mimics the layout of the numeric keypad on a full-sized keyboard.

Normally, if you hold down the "Fn" key, you'll get whatever character or function is printed in blue on those keys. So holding down the "Fn" key, you now have a numeric keypad in the middle of your keyboard. Release "Fn" and things are back to normal.

Which is exactly the opposite of what the question is asking. The person asking needed to press the "Fn" keys to get the normal, white, characters for each key.

The "problem" is simply that there is a persistent toggle. If you press "Num Lk" (I've also seen it labeled "Pad Lk" for numeric Pad) it turns on the blue keys, and inverts the meaning of the "Fn" key - it's a way to use that embedded numeric keypad without having to hold down the "Fn" key the entire time.

Num Lk Key

To fix it, just find and press the "Num Lk" or "Pad Lk" key again. (Note, sometimes these keys are themselves "Fn" keys, so you may, or may not, need to also hold down the "Fn" key to get the right function.) Often there is an indicator light associated with the setting.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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141 Comments
luke
May 26, 2006 9:15 PM

Great Tip!! One thing, I had to press either control numberlock or fn+ numberlock to get it to work.... by the way, My email address here is not my real address :)

Victor Bennett
June 13, 2006 5:38 PM

Thanks for the help. I don't know why the num lock was on after a reboot wasn't before today. I am leaving on a trip tomorrow and was afraid I was going to be with the use of my laptop. I opened a help desk ticket, well see if my IT dept. can help. I will give them a couple of days and then give them the answer.

NK
June 15, 2006 9:49 PM

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NIC
June 30, 2006 7:31 AM

I am thanking you for your help I have had this problem for weeks and tech support(husband) couldn't figure it out 30 secs of your instructions and problem fixed.You are the greatest

cham
July 7, 2006 12:28 AM

Hi,

I just plugged a numeric key pad to be able to type the numbers faster. Unfortumately, you have to turn on the numlck for that. Is there a way to use the numeric key pad and the keyboard at the same time? If possible as well, can you email me the answer. I appreciate it!

German
July 8, 2006 6:30 PM

Hello, thank you so much :S I was freaking out, it's ironic because before that I could never do work the Fn keys, it was like a heaven's call telling me: "well, do you want the FN working huh?" and then I oculd write well... Thanks for the help!!

Alaine
July 16, 2006 1:23 AM

hey,

i had the same problem, except i had to press SHIFT and NUMLOCK to fix it. i was stressing cuz it was very hard to type.
neway cheers

Leo
July 18, 2006 5:39 AM

Hi,
this is for converting the blue keys in to NumLock and take them back to normal. But I am using a Compaq laptop, while I press Fn Key, the blue keys are typed, and when I release the Fn key, I can type the normal keys. This is a very great tool for me. But sometimes for some unknown reason (maybe I press some key wrongly) this tool is gone, and I can not get it back until I run the Windows restore system tool.
Could you please show me a way to get it back noramlly, perhaps by pressing a combined sets of keys??!
thanks
Leo

Tammy
August 23, 2006 5:14 PM

HELL YEAH!!!! Awesome.. I'm a tech at a college and had the whole dept. stumped, we have a shitload of these laptops and it was happening left and right... no way.. how easy was that? Awesome.. I'm still so excited that I found this answer.. I've been searching for months for something, on the internet, called the computer store we purchased them from... no one knew... thanks a lot. You saved us a lot of money. We were ready to get at least 8 new keyboards. Thanks again.

Destiny
August 27, 2006 11:13 PM

Thank you, so much. I thought I was going insane. I recently got a windows laptop, and I'm a mac junkie, so thank you for saving me the disgrace of taking this into a shop, haha.

scott
August 28, 2006 6:10 AM

How about on an IBM Thinkpad T30. How do I turn off the Fn Keys

jodyk
September 6, 2006 10:33 AM

HEEEEELLLP!!! My Compaq Presario Fn problem is similar but it seems THE FN KEY DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. I press it over and over trying to release [something]and only get the numbers and no letters. Have tried pressing the Number Lock but it doesn't help.

Kate
September 12, 2006 2:09 AM

Thanks so much - this was driving me crazy & it's now fixed - thanks to you!

Jayme
September 17, 2006 1:48 PM

Thanks!! This has happened to me more than once, usually after a child has got a hold of my laptop! Now I know how to fix it, and how to use the blue keys!!

Phil
September 21, 2006 2:07 PM

I have had my laptop for a year but this "fn" has never happened to me. For two days I was wondering how to solve this mistery until I came to this website. Thank you for your help.

Robin
October 2, 2006 1:50 PM

Thanks

This helped a lot. Whenever I logged onto a laptop from a domain I could never use the keyboard as I had to hold the key to get certain letters although other users didn't have to. Now I know why!

Thought it was a problem with the profile settings. Thanks a lot!

Ryan
October 16, 2006 2:07 PM

thank your for this site, never would have figured it out on my own!

Fidel
November 9, 2006 8:20 PM

Thanks a lot.!!!!!!! I had to replace keyboard for my laptop some days ago and I was really disappointed that some keys only worked when I was holding down they Fn key. I was about to return the new keyboard and solution you gave me was so simple, Thanks again.

Vamsi
November 12, 2006 7:54 AM

Hey buddy !
Could not thank you enough for the tip !.
I was worried if i did something to the laptop...!!

damn...the lenovo.com , 'great' sites did not even mention the subject !!

thanks
Vamsi

Felix
November 16, 2006 8:20 PM

November 16, 2006

Re: Fn and NumLk Keys

Thanks! I had the same problem just now concerning the Fn key and after reading your article I was able to solve the problem. Simple but fix but very difficult for those of who don't know the simple fix.

Thanks Again,
Felix

CP
December 17, 2006 5:29 AM

Thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Pierce Jones
December 31, 2006 5:17 PM

Thanks i was trying for hours but couldnt find a website that had this question.

many thanks Pierce

Gogoyaya
January 5, 2007 5:12 PM

Thanks. I have the same issue. It has now been fixed.. I need to hold Fn key ,while press Num Lk to unlock it.
Many Thanks.

Wai Hong
January 21, 2007 10:29 PM

Call me stupid, but your site helps me out greatly. Thanks!

karen
January 26, 2007 3:35 PM

omg thank u been like months couldn't figure this damn thing out thanks . by holding the fn key and then f9 or pad lock i did it!

Sahil
February 7, 2007 10:12 AM

Thanks a lot... ur like god in need... IBM itself has no information to turn off fn key.... it wasted my 2 hrs.... Lastly i could find it here..


thanks a lot...

aleeya
February 8, 2007 1:46 AM

I was having the same probs...now im sorted...thanx to this site....i thought i was going to have to go through all the books...so thank youuuuuuu

Blake
February 18, 2007 10:44 AM

This trick was great i thought that i had to replace my laptop keyboard!!!!

Nat
February 24, 2007 9:19 AM

Hi Buddy, thanks very much. You are a don. Cheers!!

J
March 7, 2007 6:02 PM

I updated to Windowsxp sp2 and i use the the login so when the window pop up for me to put the pw i couldn't type any leter j, k. even i tried that numlk. If i press the fn key and or the shift key i can't type any letter. so any idea???

bob
March 15, 2007 1:04 PM

cheers bru, was starting to tear my hair out..!

Amit
March 17, 2007 5:11 PM

The Compaq heldesk guy did not know wht he was talking about when he was helping. Wasted my 1.5hrs.....and got to work late as well. The next day i found the solution here and was fixed in sharp 6mins. Leo ur genius.

Fred
March 17, 2007 10:13 PM

You da man!! Thanks, I was using an external mouse, and the ms on screen keyboard. I num locked the on screen (entering a lot of #'s) when finished I removed the mouse and couldn't get my laptop working right 'til I found your site. You da man!!!

acc
March 31, 2007 9:59 PM

Thank you for explaining the problem and solution so well. It is exactly what I am looking for.

John Walker
April 13, 2007 2:41 PM

You are a Genius!!!! The techs at Gateway had me running in circles, spending hours on their phone lines and "chat" support then telling me the only way to fix this (after trying to uninstall/reinstall the keyboard driver) was to find a restore point at a time prior to this "problem" happening and then doin a full system restore!!!!!!!! I spent literally days on this PROBLEM and you gave me (and apparently about half of the user population) the straight forward solution in 30 seconds!!!!!!!! I don't know if you are saint but I'll certainly vote for you on the first ballot for your sainthood!!!! jsw

Maureen
May 8, 2007 8:40 PM

I am having the same problem. I have a gateway laptop. this week end I used an external keyboard. I can not type with out the numbers on the center of the keyboard on. no letters. I do not have a number lock that I can see. HELP
maureen

Merlin
May 14, 2007 2:49 AM

I use an external mouse and keyboard.
when I activate numlock, the keyboard works fine and types a number. when I deactivate it types letter, right all is OK. /but now: I hold the function key and then type "j" to get 1 instead the notebook sees it a directional or arrow key. How do I fix this. When I have a external keyboard I press numlock twice and the problem seems corrected. But I do not carry a keyboard along the whole time.

chris
May 14, 2007 1:18 PM

Thanks! I've been trying to figure this problem out for a week.

Waseem
May 25, 2007 7:24 AM

Worked like a miracle. Thanks a million, mate!

Bill
June 12, 2007 1:13 PM

THANKS!!! I'm so glad I found this article. I didn't know what was going on.

Larry
June 13, 2007 7:22 PM

I was just getting ready to take my Compaq laptop to the shop as I couldn't figure out how to unlock the function key (lost manual). Your solution was right on. Can't wait to read your newsletter. Thank you.

NELSON CHAVEZ
June 14, 2007 7:37 PM

OMG thanks alot i try to figure it out but it was imposible thank you thank you

VIRGINIA
June 22, 2007 12:03 PM

THANK YOU!!

Bob
July 2, 2007 4:49 AM

Thanks for the information. M being displayed as a 0 was driving me nuts. Based on your explanation, I was able to turn Fn off.

Nereyda Caceres
August 5, 2007 3:05 PM

Thank you!!! I am so glad I googled my problem and your page came up. I had been sitting here with Windows help for 2 hours and did not come close as to how to fix my problem. MY KIDS ARE NOT PLAYING THERE GAMES IN MY LAPTOP AGAIN!!

Lorna
August 20, 2007 12:03 PM

My gripe is that I can't figure out a way to get the special characters that I used to get when I typed something like alt + 0186 to get the degrees symbol, etc. Is there any way I can type these symbols without having to use the character map, please? I've tried all sorts of key combinations but no luck.

Leo A. Notenboom
August 20, 2007 9:16 PM

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I was able to to that by holding down the Fn key and the Alt key and using the
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Leo


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Crumhorn
August 31, 2007 9:50 AM

Thanks so much. I just googled "Fn key" and yours was the first hit. I have spent over an hour discovering all sorts of setting on my laptop that I didn't know about, but none of them fixed the problem. It was so simple - I'm glad I didn't take it to a Pro to be fixed - I'd have felt such an idiot. (Thought my laptop was on its way out - it's quite old now).

Katisha
September 5, 2007 3:56 PM

I had the very same problem for a while, and I couldn't figure out what to do. This was very helpful. Thanks!

Nick
September 7, 2007 5:30 AM

had this b4 but couldn't find solution, worked a treat, thx

cm
September 10, 2007 8:15 AM

wow, brilliant, great, holding down 'fn key' all the
time was really annoying. so glad to sort it out
and before my computer mad son and hubby too!!

elly
September 11, 2007 12:01 PM

on my dell laptop the keys e d c 3 are not working wat is solution

Leo A. Notenboom
September 11, 2007 12:37 PM

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Sounds like a broken keyboard. Get it repaired.

Leo


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lulu
September 16, 2007 8:26 AM

i tried again and it worked. this time i pressed shift at the same time as numlk. thank god for that!my dad wont be cross now. thankyou so much, you have given me a good excuse to carry on with my homework! lol! you are the best and i will recommend this website to all those with pc problems!

Chuck
September 16, 2007 4:44 PM

Thank you very much.
After working on this damn thing for over 1 day, it came to me to run a search. Duh!!
The worst part of the entire situation is I work on these silly technological blunders.
Thank You Again,

Dann
September 19, 2007 9:45 AM

Thank you!!!

cheri
September 19, 2007 1:32 PM

I love you.... so much.. thank you.

awad
September 21, 2007 5:20 AM

Thanks allot bro

Pam Armstrong
September 21, 2007 8:35 PM

My cat just walked on my keyboard. I was able to Google "Fn", then pick "Fn key" from the related topics and found you. Thanks!!!

Di
September 25, 2007 5:31 AM

Many thanks worked treat had this problem with a recent samsung laptop i purchase which by the way didn't even have scroll key for me to activate so when it says show picture of keyboard did it like that tapped the scroll key and everything went back to normal hooray:-0

Justin
September 30, 2007 3:34 AM

I have a more complicated problem, I have a Toshiba m45-s265 with XP. I've been searching the net all net for a possible fix.. it seems a few other people have the same issues with their Toshibas. So ok heres my problem, theres some malfuction inside the board itself. When its tilted the fn key lights up and then bam you cant type jack****!.. somethings loose, I dunno.. my warantees expired, replacement isnt an option at this moment. id did some searching and I've waisted a whole night filtering through crap and not getting my answer.. What I want to do is just disable it.. i havent found any third party program that allows remapping of the fn key. If you know of any for this situation please tell me, i grow weary. I tired looking for a process to disable or delete but no luck. The last thing I can thing of is deleting a possible regestry if there is one. As one other mention in a different forum it turns into an obbsession. So as u can see this is quite a perdiciment...I just got a gut feeling i can handle this internally through the OS as is i have no use for the fn key because ive grown a burning hatred to get rid of it! Im not gunna give up just yet and if u can help email me at [Email Address Removed] >>>> dont mind the name im an anarchist and its a statement :D

Marsh
November 1, 2007 5:36 AM

Thanks Bro.... U r Great .... problem solved ................ just a press on Num Lock

igorus
November 6, 2007 5:41 PM

oh my gosh. thank you so much. i thought that my FN key got stuck in reverse or something.
this is embarrassing for me too, because i work with computers as a profesion..

Leeza P.
November 12, 2007 9:38 PM

Your article has been very helpful, had the same problem with my laptop. Am getting normal keys again. Thanks a lot!

Lana C
November 14, 2007 5:05 PM

THANK YOU!!! This has hapened to me before and had no idea how I turned it off!! I'll keep this in my memory bank!

Matt
November 15, 2007 2:07 PM

You are my hero of today! Couldn't find anywhere how to turn it off again.

matt
November 17, 2007 4:54 AM

Very clear explanation very satisfied

carmen
November 17, 2007 9:34 AM

thanks; had the same issue, due to a cat; solved now with your help.

Alistair
November 21, 2007 3:58 AM

I had no idea that num loc switched on the fn key - couldn't work out what was happening.

Thanks ever so much

Tree
November 21, 2007 10:59 AM

thank you, so simple when you know how. I was going crazy with the Fn key.

Najran Arabia
November 22, 2007 7:29 PM

thank you so much ,I think it was afualt on my computer.

Huck
November 30, 2007 1:45 PM

Thanks Leo. I don't have much more hair to pull out.

Edjoodelky
December 2, 2007 2:47 PM

MAN! Thank you very much...that's all have to do.
Thank you !!! Thank You !! Thank You !!Thank You

Mfatal
December 13, 2007 9:54 AM

Great stuff* Thank you for that brilliant article!
Saved the day.

One minor thing worth mentioning.
Maybe put the solution straight after this sentence.
""The trick, of course, is noticing it, and then turning it on, or in your case, off.""

And then give a detailed breakdown of the FN and related keyboard functions.

Still fab article*

Celeni
December 16, 2007 9:33 AM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Rand
December 17, 2007 7:09 PM

Thanks, pressing Num Lk fixed the problem.

Naveed Anwar
December 18, 2007 1:57 AM

Thanks Man, it really works, Thanks again

L'lay
December 19, 2007 11:30 AM

Very useful link! Thanx a lot!
I had the same issue for many days...now solved!
Big Up!

tobi
December 21, 2007 5:45 AM

Thanks...i had already gotten a new keyboard thinking this one had gone mad...thanks for the great article...

Sach
December 30, 2007 3:15 PM

Thank You very much!!!
Once I thought my keypad is malfunctioning, and is going to cost dollars.
Thanks for the trick.

Sandra
January 2, 2008 1:13 PM

So glad to find the answer. i have to assume that my cat turned the Fn key on as she likes to walk on my computer while I type.

angela weaver
January 2, 2008 7:47 PM

Thank you sooo much, this has been driving me crazy. I let my three yr old play on Disney and the next time I try typing I find that the Fn is stuck, what a pain. THANK YOU!!

Evgeny
January 7, 2008 6:31 AM

Hey, thanks a lot for the article, could you maybe also help me in the case, that my "num lk"-key is not working. is it possible to disable the fn-keys at all?

Thanks a lot in advance

Evgeny

Tameka
January 8, 2008 8:37 AM

Thanks, Leo. You are a lifesaver! I'd been to Microsoft's page and they wanted to charge me $60 to ask a question. That's crazy. It seems like they could put that type of information into their help menu (where I've been searching the past week). Leo, you're great! BTW-my fiance' is named Leo, too. It must be code name for great guy!

pj
January 11, 2008 2:14 PM

Wow, really tnx for this one!!

Tina
January 13, 2008 7:18 PM

Excellent article, very easy to read, understand and an actual fix. I appreciated a quick and easy fix.

Thanks!!

Melissa
January 29, 2008 12:57 PM

Thanks so much Leo, this was so helpful...wasnt sure how my Fn key was turned on but i followed your instructions and "Fn + NumLk" solved the problem....thanks!!!

Chris Wiste
February 14, 2008 10:17 AM

Wow, this is amazing, I thought that my laptop was just getting ruined (as I do let my daycare use it often). I never would have thought of the nUM lock key changing the FN keys, maybe I should have considering lots of them are numbers ! Thanks so much for solving a real irritating problem !

Chris

chiq
February 16, 2008 8:02 PM

I have a different problem though..why is it that when I hold down the Fn key, some of the keys won't work. Specifically the numbers on 789 uio jkl, all the other function keys work except for those keys.

chiq
February 16, 2008 8:07 PM

oh.. dont mind my previous comment. I already found a solution for it. thanks anyway! u just have press fn f12 and numlk all at the same time. thanks!

Yvette
February 23, 2008 4:25 PM

Thank you for this information. I too did a search for the "fn key" and did not get answers via my computer help search field. As soon as I typed fn key in a google search, your page appeared and help with an answer quickly. THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was driving me crazy. Y.

Chris P
March 12, 2008 9:18 AM

Thanks so much Leo, it was driving me nuts! First it happened at home and now at work on another machine. Such a simple situation but never suspected it!

Anne
March 19, 2008 5:24 AM

Thanks a million. Couldn't find the answer on any of the microsoft help options. Tried Alt Ctrl & every other combination of keys.

Jennifer C
March 25, 2008 2:58 AM

Thank you Leo!!!! I could not for the life of me, figure out how to undo this annoying trait. You are a lifesaver!

Lorna
April 10, 2008 5:27 PM

Thank you Leo. I can't for the life of me understand why Sony haven't put those instructions in their manual along with the other function of the Fn key, ie, to alter the volume, brighteness & contrast, etc, when used with the normal Function keys (F2, F3, etc). Now I'll have to suss out which keys to activate to type characters such as the degrees symbol and French accents, etc, that I used to do using codes, such as Alt+0186 and Alt+0233.

Nitesh
April 17, 2008 3:17 AM

Thanks for such a usefull article, i never thought that num lock key is used to disable/unable fn keys....thanks again.

angie
April 25, 2008 10:11 PM

Thank you so much! This problem was driving me crazy. I tried every combo that I could think of. I even had a computer tech look at it. I held down the fn key with the scroll key and that cleared it. I am glad that I can type this without holding down the FN key! Thanks again!

Maggie Whitson
April 28, 2008 10:50 AM

I am trying to turn off the FN key so I can type on the laptop, however I do not have a number lock key or the other key you were speaking of, what should I do. it is a tablet PC addition of a laptop.

Maggie Whitson
April 28, 2008 10:51 AM

I am trying to turn off the FN key so I can type on the laptop, however I do not have a number lock key or the other key you were speaking of, what should I do. it is a tablet PC addition of a laptop.

Karen R
May 3, 2008 2:41 PM

FAB - i pressed every key but the one needed!!! Sorted now - thanks a bundle
KAren

soy
May 3, 2008 9:34 PM

My problem is that the number NOR the letter won't type. I am logged out of my computer now so I can't even log in and I don't know what comes up or not.
What's wrong with it?

Shelly
May 5, 2008 5:19 PM

Thank you very much!! My 4yr old managed to turn the Fn on & I could not figure out how to turn it off. I was searching everywhere (which by the way Microsoft was no help to me on this one) to figure out how to get it back to "normal". Thanks again!!

larry
May 6, 2008 4:47 AM

omg thank you! i install a program to turn my keyboard into a piano and when i did, my keys and fn went crazy! i had system restored like twice and tried to uninstall my keyboard cuz i thought i did something wrong. thank you so much!

seymour Butts
May 27, 2008 10:05 PM

you sir are an FN legend!!!!

I tried all the buttons I could think of but didn't realise that the num lock button was a FN as well thank you

Meredith
May 29, 2008 1:44 PM

Thanks a million!
My parents gave me this laptop a week ago and I thought that I had broken it! I had hit the num lock key and the 'Fn' button turned on (like you said.) I am so relieved and now I don't have to explain this crazy story to my parents.

Thanks again!

Katie
June 8, 2008 7:36 PM

I just wanted to say thanks for easy-to-follow help. I must have accidentally hit the Num Lk key without realising that's what it does! Thanks for help - now I don't have to hold down "Fn" with my pinkie while I type! :D

buvdiknjf
June 24, 2008 1:37 AM

thanks, it was annoying me having it stuck on. Thanks again, clear instructions

Sarah
June 25, 2008 6:01 PM

That has been annoying me so much that I stopped writing using my laptop! Thank you so much for helping me fix this thing in any easy-to-understand way!!

Aref
June 28, 2008 5:34 AM

Hi dear Leo
It worked on my friends laptop. Thanks a lot.
But I have a problem that my laptop doesn't have any NumLock key or PadKey.
I have the problem and I don't know what should i do?

annie
June 29, 2008 9:18 AM

Thanks so much!!!! It took a bit of internet searching to find this page, but I appreciate the full use of my keyboard back! (As well as the knowledge of how to do and un-do that again.)

Leo
June 29, 2008 4:56 PM

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Aref: Check your computer's manuals. Many computers use this
Fn key, but others may use other keystrokes to the same
effect. You'll need to check what's correct for your machine
with the documentation or the manufacturer.

Leo


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Leo
June 29, 2008 4:57 PM

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I'm closing comments on this article since the VAST majority
are simply "Thank You".

You're welcome. :-)

Leo

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Prince
July 10, 2009 1:45 PM

you are a genius leo! i considered myself computer literate,but after upgrading 2 laptops at once to vista..my keys went haywire..Thank you for your help..

amelia
July 30, 2009 6:21 AM

thank you so much, i saw some comments saying they didn't have a num lock key. neither did i, but i worked out it's joint with the F11 key, hold down Fn + the F11 key, and it should turn off. :)
thanks for all your help leo! :D

Tracy in SW WA
July 30, 2009 7:59 AM

Thank you for this! I borrowed my husband's NEW laptop and immediately "broke" it (disabled the Fn keys). Now, thanks to you, he'll never know. Muhahaha....

robin
August 4, 2009 1:07 PM

Hi
I had the opposite situation; I needed to use the numeric key pad and couldn't figure out how to get it to work. I googled the question and your information was absolutely perfect. Thanks.

Bob Hammond
August 15, 2009 1:21 AM

I do not have a num or a pad lock key. I tried the fn and the f11 keys but that did not work either. I have a Gateway laptop. Can anyone help me?

dellboy
August 18, 2009 5:05 AM

[edited] i am still confuse i have a dell laptop and i dont have scroll lock neither num lock :( when i try to press f1 i have to hold down fn or else it do the short cut key

Julia
August 26, 2009 4:11 AM

Thank you for that - you were the first google hit for "laptop keyboard fn key" and told me exactly what I needed to know. Hurrah.

Robert McFarlane
August 27, 2009 8:37 AM

Brlliant!!! I was just about to go out and buy a new laptop (and keyboard).E

orwell arthur
September 7, 2009 2:15 AM

cheers. ive been trying the stupidest support page for the past one day. i have a vaio laptop. works fine, but incase of trouble, theres literally no support. tanx a million.

smileymonkey.
September 7, 2009 9:16 AM

I do not have a num or a pad lock key. I tried the fn and the f11 keys but that did not work either. I have a Gateway laptop. Can anyone help me?


I have a gateway laptop aswell. You do have a num lck key. It just looks different. Hold the Fn key and hit the scroll buttin, (it should have scroll, then a picture of a lock with the number 1 in it.). This worked for me:)

Kellen
September 17, 2009 1:11 AM

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! I thought I was going to scream! but with your help my laptop is working again!

Dr. Navin Singh
September 17, 2009 1:53 AM

Thanks to this site i fixed the same problem i had with my laptop.My dealer couldnt do it for me.

david
September 24, 2009 9:52 AM

For GATEWAY users, the numlock key is on the scroll key and looks like a padlock with a '1' in it...i.e. 'number' 'lock'. Cute but a pain in the ...for those of us without an imagination or looking for something else, but for small keys, a symbol is easier to fit than several letters I guess. Anyway, thanks for the tip and it worked for me!

My problem is why is the keyboard backwards locked since I installed a wireless keyboard? I shouldn't have to use num lock to use the regular keys in the first place.

Alain
September 30, 2009 3:10 AM

I absoloutely love you Leo that was so helpful, my typing was seriously slowing down when i had to hold the fn button and you taught me something new.

Danielle
October 15, 2009 7:55 PM

Thankyou!!! This has fixed a recurring (and verrrrrrry annoying) problem I've been having.

Jim
October 16, 2009 8:31 AM

Thanks Leo. You're my hero of the day. I thought my laptop was infected with a virus. You saved me lots of time. turned off the "num lk" on my Compaq Presario C700.

Brenda
October 18, 2009 7:48 PM

I was happy to find this website, but your answer doesn't seem to work for my laptop. I have an HP that I just bought in Sept/09. I have more of those blue keys than your keyboard, Leo, but your suggestion doesn't work for my computer. I dont' know which keys I accidentally hit to turn the blue keys on, but all of a sudden they are on and I can't turn them off unless I restart my computer. I think I'm turning the blues on with a mistype using the caps lock or shift keys, but I can't figure it out no matter what combinations of keys I hit on purpose. Help!

maggie reed
October 21, 2009 2:03 PM

Thank you soooooo much it has been driving me mad. I knew it was something I had pressed but could not remember which key (it should have been the screen dump PrtSc key). You have saved me hours of frustration - thank you again.

MoiN
October 23, 2009 3:58 AM

You are a life Saver! in my case, I had to hold fn button and hit numlock.. it did the job.

Thanks again

Ray
October 29, 2009 3:56 AM

Had the same problem with my daughters mininote, after her little brother stood on it. Thanks to you, all fixed and she thinks I'm a genius!

Nick
November 4, 2009 5:57 PM

Thank you for that piece. I never would have thought someone would have the same problem like me...nevermind a detailed page describing how to fix it.

Thanks again.

Jennie
November 16, 2009 7:40 AM

Many thanks for this. Very helpful and easy to read and use ( for a technophobe like myself!) Feel that I have 'grown' as I didnt have to call my dad to fix it!
Thanks again!

joelyyboyy
December 2, 2009 8:28 PM

oh my god. thankyou. i was about to throw my laptop off the balcony lol

Jen
December 13, 2009 10:44 AM

Thank you thank you thank you! It was driving me crazy! Now I can type normally again!

gabe
December 14, 2009 1:59 AM

im using a toshiba qosmio and i cant find my num lk button!!!

mary smith
December 14, 2009 5:00 AM

thank you so much - i was loosing my mind trying to type holding down the fn key. Phew - such relief, thanks Leo!!

Erica
December 15, 2009 9:18 PM

Finally!!! After a couple of hours of research I found the solution to my problem!!! Thank you so much!!!

Mark Stanghon
December 20, 2009 11:21 AM

Detailed, informed,invaluable a big big thank you. Keep up the good work sharing the knowledge and making many people very happy..

Leo
December 21, 2009 7:49 AM
I'm closing comments on this one, simply because so many are nothing more than "Thank You!". You're welcome.
Leo
21-Dec-2009

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