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Thank you! This was driving me crazy, but I hit the Option key 5x to turn off Mouse Keys, and voila, I'm unstuck. Hi, thanks a million!
This solved my problem too :- My 11 year old was playing a game on his user id and somehow the keyboard got stuck in num lock mode. In system preferences under Universal Access preferences I found that Mouse Keys was set to off, but anyway the keys were still frozen to num lock.
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The Num Lock key was a product of the intermediate age, where mechanical and digital met. IBM doubled up: It added a Num Lock key that flipped the numeric keypad to act as arrow keys to move a cursor around a screen-based interface, before computer mouses.
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On certain laptops, including older Macs, Num Lock had a different function. Lacking a numeric keypad, Num Lock turned part of the main keyboard into a pseudo-keypad.
There was sometimes a unique Num Lock key, sometimes it doubled with a Clear key and Shift, and sometimes it was a function to invoke, like through F6 on a Mac. The pseudo-keypad layout relied on sets of four keys starting with 7, 8, 9, 0 and going down three rows to M.
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The PowerBook and some early MacBooks had numeric keypad symbols overlaying part of the main keyboard. Apple stopped supporting Num Lock via F6 quietly back in To click the mouse, press 5; to click and hold, press 0; to release, press the dot on the keypad. You can similarly re-enable it the same way.
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