Turn Num Lock on by default in Windows

So if you are like me and use the number pad a good bit you probably prefer to have Num Lock on by default.  I usually will be working on something start hitting numbers and… nothing! It’s a 1 second operation to turn Num Lock on but it still disrupts the flow of what I was doing.

WARNING: The steps listed below will have you change some settings in the registry of your computer.  It is highly suggested to always do a backup of your registry before making edits.  If you are not comfortable tinkering in the registry please stop as you could damage things if you are not careful.

Here is what you need to enable Num Lock on start-up

  1. Click Start and type regedit or Windows key + R and type regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard
  3. Open InitialKeyboardIndicators by double clicking it
  4. Change Data value to 2
  5. Restart your computer and enjoy!