Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

The keypad is a section found on most computer keyboards and allows an individual to easily enter numeric values into a computer. For example, the keypad is often used for anyone who deals with numbers frequently or has to perform calculations with a software calculator. Below is an example image of the Saitek Gamers' keyboard and an example of where the keypad is commonly located on a traditional desktop computer keyboard.

Computer keyboard keypad


To switch between the numbers and the directional functions of the keypad, press the Num Lock key on the keyboard.

Because keypads are not available with all computer keyboards, especially laptop computers, there are also USB keypads available that can be connected to any computer with USB. Below is an example of a Kensington USB keypad that also features a calculator output display.

Kensington USB keypad with calculator output

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