Re: Using an External Numpad

David Moore

Yes, I use a five dollar external numpad as well, and have no problems with NVDA!

That is a great solution!

David Moore


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From: Ralf Kefferpuetz
Sent: Friday, December 6, 2019 6:50 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Using an External Numpad


Just tested it, they work even when I plug them in when NVDA runs, no need to restart NVDA. I can’t tell you the brand, it does not show up with a brand or modell in the device manager. I bought them in a chinese shop for $4 each at In the last years, independent from the screen reader people were using I read a lot of problems with this external numpads so I went for this cheap ones from China, I guess I was lucky….


From: <> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Freitag, 6. Dezember 2019 02:46
Subject: Re: [nvda] Using an External Numpad


I wonder if it depends on the numpad.  What brand or brands did you buy and do you know the models?


Also, do you have to connect them at any particular time such as before bootup or before running NvDA?



----- Original Message -----


Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2019 2:40 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] Using an External Numpad


Well, got 2 external numpads for 2 of my laptops and they work right out of the box with desktop layout in NVDA...

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Luke Davis
Sent: Donnerstag, 5. Dezember 2019 21:16
Subject: [nvda] Using an External Numpad


Well, it has finally happened again: I have obtained a laptop with no numpad.

Since I actually intend for this to be portable (not a desktop replacement, in other words), and I hate the laptop
layout, I thought I could just plug in an external numpad, switch to desktop layout, and poof.

But no joy: the numpad does not get grafted on to the existing keyboard as if the keyboard had a numpad. Even in desktop
mode, the keys are read as home, end, pgup, pgdn, etc..

Is there some known way to cause an external numpad to be perceived by NVDA as a built in numpad for purposes of the
desktop layout?

I have tried remapping with gestures, but that just results in things like the up arrow key becoming unavailable on the
regular keyboard (being mapped to read current line instead of just the numpad 8 I intended).

I suppose I may need to find a way to cause Windows not to replicate the normal keyboard scancodes when the numpad is



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