I want my numpad back!

Dear LazyWeb,
  Every time I log into GNOME I have to disable the “Allow to control the pointer using the keyboard” option in “Keyboard Preferences” if I want to be able to use the numpad on my external keyboard. Why disabling it once is not enough? How can I permanently disable this option?

9 thoughts on “I want my numpad back!

  1. And why would the keypad control the mouse pointer when NumLock is pressed?

    Being able to move the mouse pointer using the keyboard seems like a nice feature. But when NumLock is on, then the user certainly wants to use the keypad for entering numbers. And GNOME should respect that.

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  2. Shift+NumLock activates mouse keys. Unfortunately, on my Thinkpad, Shift+ScrollLock emits the NumLock keysym, and X sees that Shift is down when Numlock is pressed and turns on mouse keys.

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  3. Ahaaaa, that’s what it was! I thought it was because of some weird Apple Keyboard Layout issue or something – at last I’ve got my numpad back.

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  4. Thanks to Barisione for his Blog and Jose Antonio for the perfect solution!!! What can be better than be able quickly to choose between different modes! Super. I thought already that I’ve broken somewhere somewhat, but that is a feature 🙂

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