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    Number Key on Keyboard?

    NUMBER LOCK Key- Why does it exist? Is it some holdover from typewriters or early computer programming?

    Seems to only be there to piss me off when I start typing numbers on the keypad and realize that they are not turning up. On this Logitech wireless keyboard it is right next to the backspace key so I apparently hit it frequently.

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    Last edited by Johann; 06-19-2020, 10:27 AM.

    #2
    To turn the numbers on and off
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      #3
      The num lock key, when off, allows that key set to do its other functions (home, end, up, down, left, right, pg up, pg down, piss you off).

      Typewriters don't / didn't have a 10-key number area. Before computer keyboards, folks just used the numbers in the qwerty layout. Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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        #4
        Originally posted by dntsdad View Post
        To turn the numbers on and off
        It does that job well!

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          #5
          Originally posted by ExWrench View Post
          The num lock key, when off, allows that key set to do its other functions (home, end, up, down, left, right, pg up, pg down, piss you off).

          Typewriters don't / didn't have a 10-key number area. Before computer keyboards, folks just used the numbers in the qwerty layout. Pepperidge Farm remembers.
          Oooooh, just noticed there are arrows and such on the keys Never thought to use them that way. Well that will be handy when the hands are on the keyboard and not the mouse.

          Believe me I am old enough to know typewriters. Wrote many of my papers by hand and then typed them up in College. Wasn't sure if business typewriters had the keypad or not.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Johann View Post
            Wasn't sure if business typewriters had the keypad or not.
            No, but adding machines did (do). The 10-key layout allows old-school number crunchers to haul ass on a computer as fast as on an adding machine.

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              #7
              Some laptops also have a 10key embedded into the regular keyboard. It you turn num lock on 7ujm type 7410 etc.

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                  #9
                  Auto-run for World of Warcraft.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ExWrench View Post
                    The num lock key,( yada yada ) folks just used the numbers in the qwerty layout. Pepperidge Farm remembers.
                    😅😆😅

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Johann View Post
                      Seems to only be there to piss me off when I start typing numbers on the keypad and realize that they are not turning up.

                      hunt and peck huh

                      Ever hit the caps key by accident...finally look up after a sentance and BAM. ALL IN UPPER CASE


                      suCk it







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                        #12
                        Originally posted by 3nuts* View Post


                        hunt and peck huh

                        Ever hit the caps key by accident...finally look up after a sentance and BAM. ALL IN UPPER CASE


                        suCk it






                        My typing style started as hunt &peck but after 20+ years of jobs that required typing I can touch type for the most part.

                        Only problem is I am a crappy speller so I hit the back button A LOT. I hit cap Lock too. Used to hit it so much that I disabled it on the keyboard

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ExWrench View Post

                          No, but adding machines did (do). The 10-key layout allows old-school number crunchers to haul ass on a computer as fast as on an adding machine.
                          I supported a Med Coding department where a regular maintenance task was to replace the keys on the 10-key. You walk out into the floor and it sounds like teletypes from an old war movie.

                          Also the keys on a Medical Transcriptionist's keyboard. 120+ wpm, 8 hours a day, day in, day out. Wear right through a hefty Compaq DIN mechanical keyboard (for the non-IT people, that's the Battleship of Keyboards). You would get complaints when their fingernails started hanging on the keys because they had worn right through the key. Slowed them down to a mere 100+ wpm.

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                            #14
                            That is some serious entry! I am envious of people that can lay down that many wpm.

                            So many words in my head. So hard to get them on paper quickly.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Johann View Post

                              My typing style started as hunt &peck but after 20+ years of jobs that required typing I can touch type for the most part.

                              Only problem is I am a crappy speller so I hit the back button A LOT. I hit cap Lock too. Used to hit it so much that I disabled it on the keyboard
                              Not aimed pacifically at you, but I set a beep to the caps key. Helped me for sure.


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