Enable Number Lock on Mac Keyboards with NumLock for OS X

Individuals who are used to the number lock feature on traditional keyboards might find it challenging to adapt to the smaller keyboard designs of Apple’s wireless keyboard or MacBook series. For those who find the number lock indispensable, the NumLock application, developed by Dennis Vogel, is a solution worth considering.

This application is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

The NumLock app operates quietly in the background and offers a hotkey combination or a menu bar option to activate or deactivate the NumLock feature. Once activated, it allows the keys 7-8-9, u-i-o, j-k-l, and m-,-.

to function as a numeric keypad.

Dennis Vogel has already developed a functional prototype of NumLock and is using Kickstarter to cover some initial development expenses. If the campaign successfully raises $574, Vogel plans to release the app for free.


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