Whenever I boot in to Linux Mint the NumLock is switched off by default. As my username consists of some numbers, I need to switch on NumLock each time. I want it to be switched on by default each time I log in.

I had a look at the following question but could not find the conf file that the author is talking about:

Enable num-lock as default in Linux

I dual boot with Windows XP and Linux Mint 14 Mate using the default US Keyboard Layout.

  • The .conf they are talking about in this thread is /etc/xorg.conf, the file responsible for the behaviour of the devices during your X11-session. Do you mean log on your desktop when you 'log on'? If so, which one are you using out of the available Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, Gnome in the linux mitn distribution?
    – superuser0
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 17:08
  • Tried numlockx?
    – schaiba
    Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 18:27
  • No. What is numlockx
    – IcyFlame
    Commented Apr 12, 2013 at 6:59

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in Linux Mint, this is easy:
1. open up 'keyboard' in settings
2. click on the 'Layouts' tab
3. click on 'Options...'
4. Under 'Miscellaneous compatibility options' there are many helpful options, including:

  • Default numeric keypad keys
  • Numeric keypad keys always enter digits (as in Mac OS)
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    I was so excited when I found the ability to lock numlock on was built in to linux mint.
    – Dano
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 6:10

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