Toggle Keys at Startup

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How to Enable or Disable a Toggle Key at Startup in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
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This will show you how to enable or disable a toggle key for a user account or logon screen at startup. A toggle key is the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock keys.
How to Enable or Disable a Toggle Key at Startup in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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A toggle key is the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock keys. These are disabled by default in Vista at startup. You can enable or disable a toggle key by pressing it. Usually there is a light for each key that indicates when the toggle key is enabled or disabled.

Tip   Tip
Sometimes there is a setting in the BIOS to turn one or more of these toggle keys on or off. This can override your setting in the tutorial below. You should check there first.





OPTION ONE
At Startup for a User Account

NOTE: Normally, the user account will startup with the same state of the toggle key as you last left it at logoff or shutdown of that user account.
1. Press the toggle keys to turn them On or Off for how you want them at startup.​
2. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.​
3. If prompted by UAC, click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8).​
4. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard

5. In the right pane, double click/tap on InitialKeyboardIndicators to modify it.​
Current_User.jpg

6. Type in a number in the table below for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below table)​

Number

Description

0

All indicators off (Default setting)

1

Caps Lock on

2

Num Lock on

3

Caps Lock and Num Lock on

4

Scroll Lock on

5

Caps Lock and Scroll Lock on

6

Num Lock and Scroll Lock on

7

Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock on

Modify_Current_User.jpg

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on to set the change.​




OPTION TWO
At Startup for the Logon Screen

NOTE: This is before you logon to a user account. You will either need to do this in a Administrator account or have regedit Run as administrator in a Standard account.
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8).​
3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)​
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard
4. In the right pane, double click/tap on InitialKeyboardIndicators to modify it.​
Before_Logon.jpg
5. Type in a number below for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below table)​
NOTE: It is safe to change this longer default number 2147483648 (decimal equivalent of 0x80000000). It acts the same as 0.

Number

Description

0

All indicators off (Default setting)

1

Caps Lock on

2

Num Lock on

3

Caps Lock and Num Lock on

4

Scroll Lock on

5

Caps Lock and Scroll Lock on

6

Num Lock and Scroll Lock on

7

Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock on

Modify_Before_Logon.jpg

6. Close regedit.​

That's it,
Shawn



 
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Thanks For The Redirect To Tutorials, Although Very Clear To Follow, Despite Regedit, I Can Only Boot Up With Num Locks On--no Cap Lock.
Any Further Ideas?
 
Hi DRIAB1,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Have you checked in the BIOS to see if a setting in there may be interfering with this one? Usually there is a option in the BIOS to turn one or more toggle keys on or off at startup.

Shawn
 
Number Lock default info for HP/Compaq Notebooks, when BIOS cannot be accessed ~
Although the info on most blogs is from 2007 era, some of us are just now learning the Vista system. I spent 90 minutes searching and never found this info. Most info states "after logon" regarding the default state of Num Lock.

Shawn's regedit method works fine, and yes it does change the default state to on if a 2 is entered. Here is the catch - the number keypad is enabled at logon and stays enabled for users, however the indicator light does not get turned on.

For the light to come on, one must toggle the number lock off then back on. I hope this might ease some of the confusion.
:cool: Steve
 
I have tried both registry suggestions and can only get the default NumLoc to come on during Logon (to type password). It turns off again when the icons appear during booting.

Steve's suggestion does not seem valid for me.

Anyone have any other suggestions ??


bec1088
 
Hello Bec, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Sometimes there is a setting in the BIOS to turn one or more of these toggle keys on or off. This can override your setting in the tutorial below. You should check there to see if this may be the case.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
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