Emulate numpad on Mac: keyboard, shortcut, emulator

Emulate numpad on Mac: keyboard, shortcut, emulator

The default keyboards of the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac have no numeric keypad for entering numbers from a dedicated number pad. Depending on the model you have, you will normally have to hold down the Shift key and then use the buttons above the letters. We will talk you through this process below.

How to emulate the Numpad on Mac devices

In most versions of the MacBook Pro, you will have to press and hold the SHIFT key and/or the CAPS LOCK key to access and type the numbers placed at the top of the keyboard as a type of shortcut. If you wish to adjust or change your keyboard settings you can:

  • Go to the Apple main menu, click on System Preferences then on Keyboard.
  • Select Input Sources and click on the '+' icon. You can then select the layout language you want e.g. English or French and consequently what functions certain keys will have:
  • Once you've selected your keyboard, click Add.

If you have a newer version of the MacBook Pro featuring the 'Magic Keyboard' and Touch Bar, you will be able to adjust and configure your keyboard differently. 

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