Mechanical keyboard without numpad - is this accessable?

Mohawkje

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Hi all :),

I have been thinking about getting a mechanical keyboard, but the one I want to buy has no numpad. I have a G600 mouse from logitech and I have bound my numpad numbers 1-9 to the buttons on that mouse, which I could do by turning on the numlock (they are entered as num-1, num-2 ect.). Since the keyboard I want to purchase does not have such numpad-numbers, can I still bind these numbers? Can I "access" these numbers without actually having a keyboard for it? I am asking just in case I want to re-bind them or for the case I have to re-install the binding-program. Also: will the numpad numbers still "exist" when I install such a keyboard without numpad?

Thanks in advance :),

Kind regards,

Mohawkje
 

Trotter

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Darn good question. I use a mechanical keyboard w/o a numpad but never really thought about it.
 

carnageX

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Yes you should still be able to bind those to your mouse. Windows doesn't necessarily care if there's explicit hardware to sent those keycodes - it should response to the numpad numbers being pressed correctly if mapped to the buttons on your mouse.
 

Mohawkje

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Thanks for the quick response!
Is it also possible, should the event occur I will have to re-map the keys, to map these with a non-numpad keyboard (binding numpad keys)? Or should I keep a numpad keyboard as a reserve to do this?
 

carnageX

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Thanks for the quick response!
Is it also possible, should the event occur I will have to re-map the keys, to map these with a non-numpad keyboard (binding numpad keys)? Or should I keep a numpad keyboard as a reserve to do this?

You could always use the Virtual / On-Screen keyboard to do this, which will have a numpad on it. Then there's no hardware required :).
 
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