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I'm a happy user of the Logitech Solar Keyboard for Mac -- never having to change batteries is quite liberating. However, this keyboard lacks a few things, including dedicated Scroll Lock and Num Lock keys, that you may find on other keyboards.

I don't use those two keys often, but I do use them while working in Excel. After some trial and error, and some Googling, I figured out how to turn them on and off. (Because there aren't any physical keys, there aren't any indicator lights for these keys' states. Instead, you have to look at Excel's onscreen indicators, at the lower right corner of the worksheet.)

Scroll Lock: Press Shift+F14.
Num Lock: Press Shift+Clear (on the numeric keypad).

I'm not sure if these shortcuts work on other Logitech keyboards or not.

[crarko adds: The hassle of dealing with batteries has kept me away from wireless keyboards all along; this may just change my mind.]
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Logitech Solar Keyboard and the Scroll Lock/Num Lock keys
Authored by: Demani on Jan 26, '12 12:18:31PM

I think is an OS thing actually, as my regular Apple Keyboard has the same lack of labels, and the same shortcuts work. Clear used to have the Num Lock label on it in days of old, but as Apple got more minimalist it disappeared though the functionality stayed right there.



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Logitech Solar Keyboard and the Scroll Lock/Num Lock keys
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 30, '12 01:41:26PM

Great hint, robg, and a great comment from Demani. Glad you pointed out that the "Clear" button works as Num Lock.

It's because of this hint that I realized there is such a thing as a solar-powered keyboard for a computer. Nice to know!

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Logitech Solar Keyboard and the Scroll Lock/Num Lock keys
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 31, '12 07:25:54PM

Update:

Does not seem to work on an Apple keyboard of the flat, aluminum variety. Testing it right now.

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Logitech Solar Keyboard and the Scroll Lock/Num Lock keys
Authored by: osxpounder on Jan 31, '12 08:51:58PM

I also just discovered this: if I turn on Mouse Keys while the aluminum Apple board is plugged into my MacBook Pro, it forces the laptop's keyboard to act as if I'd enabled Num Lock... and this MBP doesn't even have the numbers on the keys. I didn't realize it was possible to get into that Num Lock mode on MacBooks since the 2009 models.

My MBP went to sleep after I'd unplugged the keyboard, and I found I couldn't log in to wake it up, because I didn't know how to disable this Num Lock feature on my MBP. Some of the letter keys were typing numbers. I fetched the keyboard and plugged it in before I realized I could just smack the Option key 5 times to turn off Mouse Keys.

Oddly, the MBP's keyboard doesn't type numbers when I use its own Option key to toggle Mouse Keys.

Anyway, I seem to have stumbled on a way to enable Num Lock on my MBP keyboard, but can't rediscover it. Searching the web turns up lots of options, none of which work for me, such as Shift + Clear, Option Clear, Fn Clear...

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