Alternatively referred to as the 10-key, number pad, numeric keyboard, numerical keypad, numpad, or ten key, the numeric keypad is a 17-key keypad on the far right side of a PC keyboard. A numeric keypad may also be a separate device that connects to a computer.
The keypad allows an individual to quickly input numbers 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.
To switch between the number and the directional functions of the keypad, press the Num Lock key.
Where is the numeric keypad?
A numeric keypad may also be a separate device, not built into a keyboard. Numeric keypads usually connect to a computer with a USB cable, but older keypads may use a serial connector instead of USB. Some separate numeric keypads have a single-line LCD screen, like a calculator and the Kensington keypad to the right.
What is 10-key experience?
Anyone who is proficient at using the numeric keypad or calculator to input numbers or perform calculations quickly is said to have 10-key experience. This also means you don't need to look down at the keypad while using it.
What is the keypad home row?
There is usually a small bump on the five key to help position your right hand without looking.
Why do keyboards need a numeric keypad?
The numeric keypad's layout makes it easier and faster to type numbers and perform calculations than using the top keyboard numbers. For example, someone could type "486+123" and press Enter with one hand (the right hand) quickly. Without the numeric keypad, the person would have to use both hands and most likely look down at the keyboard.
Are there letters on a keypad?
Numeric keypad overview
The U.S. numeric keypad contains the below 17 keys (going from top-left to bottom-right). Below is a listing of each of these 17 keys with links to pages with additional information about each key.
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 up 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.