Numeric keypad

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as the 10-key, number pad, numeric keyboard, numpad, or ten key, the numeric keypad is a 17-key keypad usually found on the far right side of a typical IBM 101 / 2-key keyboard. To enable and disable the numeric keypad press the num lock key. Below is a visual example of the Saitek keyboard and where the keypad is located on almost every computer keyboard.

Computer keyboard keypad

What is 10-key experience?

External USB Keypad10-key experience is anyone who is proficient at using the numeric keypad or calculator to perform math problems such as adding the prices of several numbers quickly. By being proficient this means you know how to properly place your hand on the 10-key and can enter numbers quickly.

What is the keypad home row?

The home row for the numeric keypad is 4, 5, 6, and Enter. Your index finger on your right-hand should be on the number 4, middle on the 5, ring finger on the 6, and your pinky resting on the Enter key.

Tip: There is usually a small bump on the five key to help position your right-hand without looking.

Numeric keypad overview

The U.S. numeric keypad contains the below 17 keys (going from top left to bottom right).

Note: Apple keyboards do not have a num lock key and therefore only has numbers on the numeric keypad.

  • Num Lock
  • Forward slash (divide)
  • Asterisk (star or times)
  • Hyphen (dash or minus)
  • Numeric 7, also used as the home key
  • Numeric 8, also used as the up arrow key
  • Numeric 9, also used as the page down key
  • Plus (add)
  • Numeric 4, also used as the left arrow key
  • Numeric 5
  • Numeric 6, also used as the right arrow key
  • Numeric 1, also used as the end key
  • Numeric 2, also used as the down arrow key
  • Numeric 3, also used as the page down key
  • Enter key
  • numeric 0 key, also used as an insert key
  • period, also used as a delete key

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