Having a laptop without a numpad may be better for a few reasons. Laptops without numeric pads tend to be smaller and more portable which is always a good thing. And even if you wanted to get a numpad, you simply can’t when you have a MacBook or other popular laptop makers.
However, you can still enjoy a numpad, even if your laptop doesn’t come equipped with it! Here’s how.
1. Windows’ On-Screen Keyboard
If you don’t need a numpad very often there are several ways you can get a numeric pad directly on your screen. This works better if you have a touchscreen, but you can use it with your mouse and may still be faster than typing numbers directly on your keyboard.
With Windows, you can use the Windows’ On-Screen Keyboard which actually has its own numpad. To find it on Windows 10 simply hit Windows + X and open “Windows PowerShell”. When the command prompt appears, type “osk” and hit Enter. That should open the regular On-Screen keyboard. Lastly, turn on the numeric keypad in “Options”.
You don’t need to use this keypad only for numbers. It also works with modifier keys and you can try all alt codes in that keyboard.
2. Use your phone!
If you’re an Apple fan and don’t want to use anything that’s not Apple, this is the choice for you. There are several apps for your iPhone and iPad that let you use them as a number pad in your MacBook!
One of the best and most used options is Numpad Remote. All you need is to install the app in your portable device and the connector on your computer and you have a touchscreen numpad! With easy connections, audio and vibration feedback and easy to customize, it’s definitely worth the $2.99 they ask for it.
And if you’re looking for a free option, you can install the similarly named Remote Numpad, available in the Apple Store. This one has the added benefit of working on pretty much any computer, Mac, Windows, even Linux!
3. Use Autohotkey as a Number Pad alternative
If you’re more tech-savvy and want to use nothing but your keyboard, Autohotkey is a great option. Autohotkey (or AHK) is a remapping software that also works for shortcuts and to automate repetitive keyboard tasks.
It will take some time researching scripts but it’s so easy to use that anyone can use it, regardless of your programming skills. With it, you can pretty much add a new shortcut to remap your existent keys to be a number pad, and revert it back with a couple of keys in a second.
Plus after getting familiar with the software, we’re sure you’ll use it for much more.
4. Use On-Screen numpad emulators
If the Windows On-Screen option takes too much of the screen for you or you dislike it for whatever reason, you can always just switch to a better alternative. In fact, there are multiple on-screen numpad emulators that will make it incredibly easy to use a number pad on your screen.
The best one we found is this simple numpad emulator. It’s extremely easy to use, all you need is to install it and open it like any program. You can customize it however you want, changing colors, keys, and even using auto-repeat keys.
It’s also regularly updated and it doesn’t take up a lot of memory space. If you want an on-screen emulator, you can’t go wrong with this one.
5. Get an external Numpad.
For some of us, nothing will beat the speed, reliability, and feel of actual real keys. However, there are so many cheap and ugly options that will not stand the test of time. Plus if you’re planning to use it at your office or anywhere in public, you probably don’t want something that looks like it was created during the ’80s. That’s why we love our VOAMOKO Bluetooth Numeric Keypad.
We actually wrote a review about it but this is basically everything you need in a numpad: it’s stylish, reliable, built with high-quality materials, and easy to use. You can connect it to your computer via the USB-C cable or use the Bluetooth pairing for a wireless experience. It also acts as an extra USB hub and as a shortcut keyboard and it’s so slim and portable you’ll barely notice it’s in your laptop’s backpack or briefcase.
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