A keyboard is a basic edge you need with a desktop computer. The only stand-in point is for a touchscreen and keyboard physical keyboard that comes with or can support an on-screen keyboard. A computer can be used without a mouse but cannot be used without a keyboard.
Problems with keyboards are usually related to hardware as not many can go wrong with a software-level keyboard. If you have lowered your keyboard and one of the keys is bent out, the key may not be pressed as smoothly after you put it back. If you have not cleaned the keyboard in while you have spilled something on it, it may cause you trouble again.
When I enter numbers I get letters
Keyboards come in different shapes and sizes but one particular size difference is that you will find when a keyboard has a certain number finger, and when it does not. Without a number pad, the keyboard has special keys that double as numeric entry keys. In addition to this same scenario, keys can be mapped to other keys by applications or by scripts. Either of these can cause your keyboard to type numbers instead of letters. Try the solutions below.
Keyboard typing numbers instead of letters
Try the solutions below.
1. Turn off Num lock
A keyboard that does not have a specific number pad uses special letter keys to enter numbers. These keys are activated by turning the num lock.
- On your keyboard, look for the num lock key.
- Turn the num lock a key by tapping it (key raises num lock state).
- Try pressing keys on the keyboard and they will do so no longer enter numbers.
Note: If you have trouble monitoring whether or not num lock is on or not, you can install an app that sends an on-screen alert for when to turn it on or off or you can enable audio alerts in Windows 10.
2. Disable num lock completely
On some keyboards, the num lock can be completely disabled (you can still turn it on whenever you need to). Turning off the toggle will prevent the keyboard from entering numbers if you do not want to.
- On your keyboard find the Fn and F11 keys.
- Tap on the Fn + F11 keys to turn off the num lock feature.
- The lock num will no longer turn numbers on or off and will be in the Off state.
Note: Another keyboard combination to try if Fn + F11 does not work is Fn + Num Lock or Fn + Shift + Num Lock.
3. Turn off scripts and redesign tools
If you are running scripts that remove keyboard keys, regardless of which keys are redesigned, eliminate them all. It is possible that the script was not spelled correctly and depends on incorrect input from the keyboard.
If so keyboard redesign tools running on your system, eliminate them too. It doesn’t matter what keys they move. They may be interfering with keyboard input.
4. Print in safe mode
If all else fails, and you can’t figure out why the keyboard is typing numbers instead of letters, run Windows 10 in safe mode. This will allow you to find out if the problem is an app or not.
- Open the Start the record.
- Click on the power button.
- Hold down the Press a key and click Restart.
- On the boot screen, go to Troubleshoot> Advanced Options> Startup Options
- Click on the Restart button.
- Select the option for Safe mode.
- Once you have voted in safe mode, test on the keyboard.
- If the keys no longer enter numbers, yes app or script problem on your hands.
5. Detect problem apps
If an app includes keyboard input and you can’t find out which one it is, follow these steps.
- Right-click on the taskbar and select Executive Manager from the context table.
- Go to Start tab.
- Choose everything, one-on-one, and click on the buttons out of capacity.
- Restart the system.
- Open Notepad (no other apps should be running on your system).
- Test the keyboard. If it works well, one of your startup apps is responsible.
- Enable / run the applications again, one by one, and enter a test keyboard after each application is run to find out which one is causing problems.
6. App specific access issues
If your keyboard works fine but enters numbers instead of letters in a specific app, the problem probably has something to do with the the app’s own settings. For example, if you have a VoIP application installed on your system, it may not recognize alphabetical interference. Check the app’s settings and see how and if it supports alphabetical input. If not, you can’t do anything outside of using a different app.
Keyboards are simple hardware and usually do not work. Hardware damage to a keyboard will prevent keyboard input but will not change which character is inserted on a keyboard. The solutions above will help you to reduce the problem and get a solution quickly.
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