I'm working with a new computer (Windows 10), but the keyboard does not contain a "Numlock" key. On a normal computer, on which Windows is installed, the shortcut "Numlock + *" expands all subfolders in a Windows Explorer.

On the internet, I've already found some posts mentioning the usage of the "Fn" key, but also this key is not present on my keyboard.

Does anybody know how I can expand all folders on my computer, or does anybody know how I can reveal all Windows shortcut keys, working on my computer? (When I can see this, I assume I will be able to add/modify them)


Actually, you don't need the Num Lock key at all.

Just press * on your numpad.

If you don't have a numpad on your keyboard, you can reassign an unused key to function as the Num* (numpad asterisk) using an external program such as SharpKeys as listed here, which works globally across Windows (there's a way to do this through registry editing, which is basically what that program does for you), or you can use AutoHotkey to remap the key only when you're using Windows Explorer.

Here's an example for an AutoHotkey script that makes the Insert key behave like Num* when the window focus is on a Windows Explorer window:

#IfWinActive ahk_class ExploreWClass
#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass
  • Have you tried doing this without using NumLock like I said? – Tomer Godinger Aug 14 '17 at 10:21
  • First I proposed you try simply pressing the asterisk on your numpad without using NumLock. You don't have one, then? – Tomer Godinger Aug 16 '17 at 10:28

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