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I am using a laptop having Windows Vista. It lacks a numpad. But I want a numpad, without having an external keyboard, for some reason. I have a Fn key for special functions like screen brightness, volume control etc. I saw numpads in some laptops, which allows numpas in some keys (10 letter with or without some character keys in the pattern of numpad), by pressing along with Fn key. Is is possible to define it manually so that I can define numpad on some keys?

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I would normally suggest Autohotkey, and there are a few scripts created to simulate numpad keys. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to detect the Fn key: this depends a lot on which brand, and possibly even model, of laptop you have. It's necessary information, unless you're happy to use a substitute key or key combination to activate the numpad. – Bob May 19 '12 at 16:12
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You could create your own keyboard layout, based on a stock layout. MSKLC is your friend.

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AutoHotkey should be able to solve this for you.

AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.
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@DragonLord , why edit an old post? – VenkatH Jul 22 '12 at 16:28
This was essentially a link-only answer before the edit. See… – bwDraco Jul 22 '12 at 17:43

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