Sometimes the built-in keyboard on the laptop or the external keyboard connected to the desktop refuses to enter numbers. Below are the steps to fix the keyboard won’t input numbers issue in Windows 10.
Keyboard not typing numbers in Windows 10
A typical full-size keyboard has a dedicated number pad in addition to the number keys that sit above the letter keys.
Depending on the case, only the numeric keypad keys may not work, or both the numeric keypad and the numeric keys may not work on your computer.
Another problem found with compact or mini keyboards is that the keyboard only inputs numbers instead of typing both letters and numbers.
The reason for this problem on regular and compact keyboards ranges from the simple case that the number pad has accidentally been turned off to other reasons like outdated/corrupt keyboard drivers.
1. Enable Numlock on the keyboard
The most common reason for not typing numbers on the laptop keyboard is that the Num Lock key was accidentally disabled.
Depending on your keyboard, you may find a small LED indicator on the keyboard that shows whether the number lock is on or not.
If you can’t enter numbers, just press die Num Lock key once to activate the number pad. You will see the LED light glow, indicating the number pad is now working.
If there is no LED on the keyboard, you should be able to see a message on the screen confirming that the number pad has been activated.
2. Turn off mouse buttons
Another reason for the keyboard not typing numbers in Windows 10 is because the mouse buttons are turned on.
1. Open settings > click ease of access Tab.
2. On the next screen, scroll down and click Mouse in the left pane. Disable in the right pane Enable Mouse Keys to use the numeric keypad Possibility.
Now check if you can enter numbers on your computer.
3. Run the keyboard troubleshooter
Windows 10 has a built-in keyboard troubleshooter that can help you find and fix problems with your computer’s keyboard
1. Open settings > click updates and security.
2. On the next screen, click Troubleshooting in the left pane. In the right pane, click keyboard and then click Run the troubleshooter.
3. Wait for the troubleshooter to find and fix keyboard issues on your computer.
4. Update keyboard drivers
The reason for the keyboard not typing numbers could also be due to outdated or corrupted keyboard drivers on your computer
1. Right click on the Start button and click device manager.
2. On the Device Manager screen, expand keyboards Entry > right click on the problem keyboard and select update drivers option in the context menu.
3. On the next screen, click Search automatically for updated driver software Possibility.
Restart your computer and see if the keyboard is now entering numbers.
5. Disable filter keys
The filter key setting in Windows 10 can sometimes cause problems with certain keyboards.
1. Open settings on your computer and click ease of access.
2. Select on the next screen keyboard in the left pane and turn off filter keys Possibility.
Reboot your computer and check if the USB keyboard is working now
6. Use another user account
If none of the above methods worked, log in with a different user account and see if the keyboard is typing numbers.
If the keyboard works normally from another user account, the problem is most likely because your user account is corrupt.
In this case, you can either create a new user account or try to repair your corrupted user account.
7. Use external keyboard
Connect an external keyboard to your laptop and see if you can type numbers.
If the external keyboard works, the problem is most likely hardware related and you should consider having a technician examine the keyboard.