Technology Support — MCFL

Forcing NumLock to be On in Windows and E-Term32

July, 2005

The Number Lock governs whether your keyboard's number pad will type numbers, or switch to its alternate functions such as "page up," or "Home." Since Windows 2000, both the operating system and E-Term32 seem to start by default with the numlock turned off, and also seem to switch it off when toggling between programs, almost at random. If you are trying to use the pad for typing barcodes, this behavior is likely to annoy you.

NumLock can be forced into the "On" state in Windows 2000 or XP, and then again separately
in E-Term32. Here's how to do it:

  1. Click on the Windows START button and click on RUN...
  2. In the OPEN: text field, type regedit and click on OK
  3. In the left frame of the Registry Editor, click on the + sign next to the HKEY_USERS folder
  4. One of the subfolders that appears under HKEY_USERS is .DEFAULT. Click on the + sign next to it.
  5. One of the subfolders that appears under DEFAULT is Control Panel. Click on the + sign next to it.
  6. One of the subfolders that appears under Control Panel is Keyboard. Click on the + sign next to it.
  7. In the right frame, there is a function labeled InitialKeyboardInidcators. Double-click on this function.
  8. In the Value Data text field, change the 0 to 2 and click on OK
  9. Close the Registry Editor

Now for E-Term32!

  1. Open My Computer and double-click on the icon for the C: drive
  2. Double-click on the Program Files folder
  3. Double-click on the DCSi folder
  4. Double-click on the E-Term32 folder
  5. Double-click on the Startup.ini file, which will open in Notepad
  6. Under the heading [Product Options] find the line that reads, "NumLock=0"
  7. Change the 0 to a 2, then save the file and exit Notepad.


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Last modified July 12, 2005