Would Like to Change NumLock Behavior to Match MS Windows Behavior
whirly.gig at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 16 13:45:49 CEST 2011
On 09/16/2011 04:13 AM, Mișu Moldovan wrote:
> On 15.09.2011 21:21, Gilbert Sullivan wrote:
>> To make matters worse, there's no indicator light for NumLock on this
>> keyboard, so I'm constantly getting it in the wrong state when I need to
>> be concentrating on the text rather than what I'm doing with the danged
>> NumLock control. I try to select a bunch of text and wind up typing a
>> numeral, or I try to move and wind up blowing away something that was
>> already selected.
> Try a keyboard indicator with a dedicated led for a visual cue of the
> NumLock state. To easily switch the state of the NumLock key you could
> try XkbOptions in xorg.conf or a dedicated program like numlockx.
Thank you for the suggestions.
By "keyboard indicator" I take it that you mean software that places a
telltale in the notification area, or are you talking about an actual
piece of hardware?
I do a lot of editing every day -- about 12-14 hours' worth. I'll
probably eventually get used to this keyboard layout and the way I
currently have to jump through hoops to use the numeric keypad or just
deal with the tiny dedicated keys. Essentially, setting up a telltale or
making it easier to switch the NumLock on and off amount to giving
myself a little help in getting used to the keyboard, but probably won't
be as satisfactory for me as altering the NumLock / Shift key behavior
I bought this keyboard because I mistakenly thought that I'd be able to
use the numeric keypad for editing functions the way such keypads work
in Windows -- not that I'm the least bit tempted to go back to any
version of that OS.
>> In Gnome there's a setting in gnome-keyboard-properties that I found
>> today while researching this. I didn't see this setting in the Xfce
>> keyboard properties dialog. I looked for documentation on this, but I've
>> drawn a blank so far.
> Another possibility would be xmodmap, for some ideas, take a look at
> http://wiki.robotz.com/index.php/Numlock_State_&_Keyboard_Mapping .
> I currently have a keyboard without the numeric keypad, so I can't test
> or vouch for anything.
Yes, thank you very much for this information. I'm going to investigate
that carefully. Even if I don't get exactly what I want, I'll at least
I appreciate your help!
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