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If you have an external numeric keypad, and it's detected in OS X but doesn't work correctly -- beep sound when used with iCal; closes the tag window in iTunes instead of typing year or track number; etc. -- here's a potential solution.

Press and hold Num Lock key on your numeric keypad first, then connect it. You can then release the key. Press it again if the Num Lock status LED on your numeric keypad isn't on. It should work perfectly at this point.

If this doesn't work, another tip I read on some forum somewhere is to try to press the Num Lock key on your already-connected numeric keypad for more than four seconds.
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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: JJCortes on Mar 14, '08 11:02:27AM

I use a very cheap external numeric keypad on my MacBook Pro under Leopard, and it works fine. The first time I connected it to my MBP, tthe OS asked me what sort of keyboard it was, I answered ISO keyboard, and that's all.
I didn't notice any problem since. OK, I don't use iCal.



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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: UncleFoobar on Apr 23, '08 08:31:17PM
The problem i have (haven't tried it in a while with a {C belkion pad) is that i want both the arrow mode and the keypad mode to work.

There's a freeware called Eukeke http://scripts.sil.org/ukelele that
can edit the keyboard file; it's tough though and i could never get
the belkin to play right.

Does anyone have recommendations for Tiger and Leopard for
"mac friendly" external numeric keypads?

Foob

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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: Bando on Jul 16, '08 05:42:13PM

Bam! You nailed it for me. I had an old Toshiba external and that did it. Before the tip, OSX thought it was a full keyboard. Thanks!



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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: errohr on Dec 27, '08 01:55:00PM

I have a macbook with OS X, and holding down the num lock key while I connected the usb cable worked like a charm. It still said that the keyboad would need to be identified before it could be used properly, but I just closed that screen, went to excel, and the number pad worked fine. Thanks for the tip!!



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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: benryan on Jan 07, '09 01:21:18PM

i bought a targus numeric keypad which is just for pc's but the second trick where i held the number lock down for over four seconds while it was plugged into my macbook made it work in programs that it was not working in before i tried. thanks for the tip.



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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: highphalutin on Mar 24, '09 01:42:20PM

My problem was that I had Mouse Keys turned on in the Universal Access system preferences panel. Once I turned that off, I got numbers again.



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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: njwade on Mar 26, '10 08:23:25AM

I had to sign up to post and say "thank you" for this tip! I have a new 15" MacBook Pro and was having a problem trying to get my cheapo external number pad to work. The second trick -- holding down the Num Lock key for 4 seconds -- worked the second time I tried it. Also, I had to close the applications I was trying to use the number pad in and re-open them after holding down the Num Lock key before it would work. Thank you!!



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Make an external numeric keypad work in OS X
Authored by: Arianna411 on Apr 20, '13 03:48:01PM

Thank you so much! I do subtitling and CC's with Swift software installed on parallels. Swift Create uses numeric keyboard and I have been lugging around a huge keyboard because the numeric one wasn't working. I held down the num lock before plugging it in and now it works! Thank you!



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