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Num Lock Key On MacBook Air

Posted on 2010-11-30
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Hello,

There is no NUM LOCK key on the MacBook Air. How do I emulate the function of the NUM LOCK key without one?

Is this the same for all Mac laptops?

Thanks!

Kev
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Question by:kiloelectronvolt
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by:ChaS3me
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There is no num lock key.  You use the number keys towards the top of the keyboard.
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by:ChaS3me
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Some of the Mac keyboard have them, some do not.
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by:kiloelectronvolt
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Haha! Sometimes when using VM Ware and Windows the numbers don't come out when you press them. On a Mac with a NUM LOCK key you switch it on or off and it works. Can't do that on MacBook Air I've got.
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by:ChaS3me
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Plug in an external USB or wireless Mac keyboard that has a num lock
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by:gmbaxter
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Have you installed the bootcamp drivers inside your Windows VM?

They are on the mac operating system Dvd. These will install any apple specific drivers and may resolve the num lock issue.
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by:kiloelectronvolt
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It's VM Ware not bootcamp....
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by:lnewland
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Apple has discontinued the NUM lock key in the new keyboards, being there isn't much need for it anymore. As ChaS3me stated, if you need NUM lock, then you can connect a different keyboard.
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Yes i am aware of the differences,  but all the Windows part of bootcamp is, is a collection of drivers for your hardware. These may resolve your numlock issues as instead of using generic VMWare drivers, you'll have specific ones for the apple hardware.
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by:strung
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Try Fn-F6
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by:kiloelectronvolt
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Thanks guys. I'll try the drivers idea.
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I'm gonna try this.
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