If you’re worried about your keyboard numbers not working, don’t worry, you can fix it. And the fix can be pretty fast and simple..
Try these fixes
Here are 5 fixes that have helped other users get their keyboard numbers working again. You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.
- Turn off Mouse Keys
- Enable the NumLock key
- Update your keyboard driver
- Use a different user profile
- Check hardware issues
On Windows 10:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
- Type control and press Enter.
- Click Ease of Access.
- Under Ease of Access Center, click Change how your keyboard works.
- Make sure Turn on Mouse Keys is unchecked.
On Windows 11:
- Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings window.
- Click Accessibility on the left penal, then click Mouse in the Interaction section on the right.
- Check if the Mouse keys toggle is On. If it is, switch it to Off.
Open Word or Notepad to test if the number keys on your keyboard can work now.
Look on your keyboard for a key that says NumLock and make sure to enable the key.
If the NumLock key is enabled and the number keys still don’t work, you can try pressing the NumLock key for about 5 seconds, which did the trick for some users.
A missing or outdated keyboard driver may also stop keyboard numbers from working.
There are two ways to update your keyboard driver: manually and automatically.
Manual driver update — You can update your keyboard driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with your exact keyboard model and your version of Windows.
Automatic driver update — If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your keyboard driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click the Update button next to your keyboard to automatically download the correct version of its driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
Note: If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at email@example.com.
Keyboard numbers not working might be a symptom of user profile corruption. To check for it, you can try logging in to Windows with a different user account.
If you only have one account, you can click the Start button > Settings > Accounts > Family & other users > Add someone else to this PC to create a local account.
When you’ve logged in to Windows with the new account, open Word or Notepad to test your keyboard numbers.
If you’ve tried all of the steps above and the number keys on your keyboard are still not working, it’s likely that the keyboard is defective. You can connect your keyboard to a different PC to check hardware issues.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.