KDE Tip - Switch NumLock On at Startup

I personally like the num lock key to be switched on by default once I've logged in to KDE. For me, it's much more useful to have access to the numeric keypad as, just that, a numeric keypad, than it is to have a glorified arrow key navigation pad.

If, like me, you want to have NumLock on as soon as KDE starts, the option is a pretty simple one to tweak. The option is a bit buried, however, and if you don't know where you're looking this issue can get annoying.

Open the KDE Control Centre by pressing Alt-F2 and launching kcontrol. Once the Control Centre is open, browse to Peripherals > Keyboard

KControl Keyboard panel

Once you're there, choose the Turn On option and Apply your changes. Simple!

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Discussion: KDE Tip - Switch NumLock On at Startup

  1. Binny V A (guest)

    # Posted on 26 May 2008 at 05:47 PM

    I wrote about <a href="http://lindesk.com/2007/08/turn-on-numlock-at-startup-in-linux/" rel="nofollow">this topic</a> some time ago in my blog. There is also a program called numlockx that lets you do this with gnome.

  2. JDS (guest)

    # Posted on 27 May 2008 at 03:16 PM

    Just curious: What version of KDE on what distro is that screenshot from?


  3. Peter (guest)

    # Posted on 28 May 2008 at 05:38 PM

    It's KDE 3.5.9 on Kubuntu 8.04.

  4. # Posted on 22 June 2008 at 06:30 PM

    [...] last month I covered a quick KDE tip on how to set the Num Lock key on when you log in to [...]

  5. Debianero (guest)

    # Posted on 03 December 2008 at 01:04 PM

    @Binny V A, numlockx is for X11 in general not just for Gnome.

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