Arrow keys typing numbers RRS feed

  • Question

  • In excel - when I press the left arrow key it types a 4, when I press the down arrow key it types a 2. But when I hit the up or right arrow key it moves to a different cell like it is supposed to. 

    I have hit numlock, i have hit scroll lock, I have tried 2 brand new keyboards and I have restarted my computer about 5 times... nothing is fixing it!

    PLEASE HELP  ME!!!!!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:15 PM

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  • Hi,

    Did the problem only occur in Excel?

    Please try to use On-Screen Keyboard to see if the issue occur.

    In order to troubleshoot if this issue is related to a third party service, please refer to following link to perform a clean boot.
    How to perform a clean boot in Windows:

    And you could also try to enter safe mode to use Excel to see if the issue occur.

    Here are steps to enter safe mode.

    1. Just before the Windows 7 splash screen shown above appears, press the F8 key to enter Advanced Boot Options.

    2. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, highlight the Safe Mode and press Enter.

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    • Proposed as answer by Vera Hu Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:53 AM
    Friday, October 20, 2017 8:08 AM
  • Hi, 

    Hows everything going? Please feel free to give me any update.


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    Monday, October 23, 2017 4:13 PM
  • I am having the same issue with at least 4 users.  It happens primarily in Excel however they have experienced it in another application was well.  I'm wondering if the issue is related to a Windows update.
    • Edited by JHam2013 Wednesday, November 1, 2017 7:58 PM
    Wednesday, November 1, 2017 7:53 PM
  • Hi

    Did you try to use On-Screen Keyboard to see if the issue occur?

    Open On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the Start button , clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking On-Screen Keyboard.

    Did the problem occur after Windows update?

    Please check the Installed Updates.(Control Panel -> Windows Update -> View update history -> Installed Updates)

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    Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 AM
  • For me this problem has been going on for a long, long time.  At some point while working on my PC the keypad will seemingly shift into numeric mode.  One minute HOME and END and the arrows are working as expected and the next minute I'm entering 7, 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8.
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:12 AM
  • Gosh, I wish somebody would come up with the solution for this. Entering a string of numbers in excel is becoming almost unbearable. I would have to assume that this has to do with either a Office update or a Windows update.
    • Proposed as answer by Haprow Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:27 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Haprow Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:27 PM
    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 3:37 PM
  • This worked for me.

    Open - Device Manager

    Click - Keyboards  ~ I have 2 "HID Keyboard Device" displayed. I deleted one of them and my problem was solved. If you delete the wrong one then your keyboard will stop working. Unplug it and plug it back in so it can re-install. Then try again. You may need to refresh your Device Manager. Hope this works for you.

    • Proposed as answer by Haprow Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:37 PM
    Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:37 PM
  • I only had 1- "HID Keyboard Device" displayed, but deleted it anyway.  Unplugged and replugged the keyboard with no change.  Interestingly, only the right arrow is non-functional (types a "6") in Excel.  Up, down and left arrows work fine.  I have been working with PCs since 1985 (at times as a professional IT), and this is a new one for me.
    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:03 PM
  • Actually the problem was more extensive than I thought.  I had just installed Windows updates, but rather than uninstall them, I restored an old image.  Now I do not know what to do with the updates.
    Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:42 PM
  • The problem of my arrow keys intermittently typing numbers and my numeric pad intermittently acting like the NUM LOCK was off turned out to be the deterioration of my five year old keyboard.  Replacing the keyboard with one that I had lying around solved the problem.  The Windows 7 updates are now reinstalled.
    Saturday, June 30, 2018 3:36 PM
  • I have a Microsoft Surface 3 and about a year ago docked it with a large monitor and a wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse.  It worked fine for a long time and then my number pad started having the random arrow over issue and my arrow keys sometimes type numbers.  I work in accounting and this is a HUGE problem.  I got a new Logitech keyboard/mouse combo and that worked for a about 2 months but now it's doing it again.  I tried deleting the HID Keyboards and it still doesn't work.

    Would getting a Microsoft keyboard help or is this issue happening with all makes and models?  I'm almost ready to get a new laptop but am afraid it will continue.

    Are there any solutions???

    p.s. I have upgraded to Windows 10.
    • Edited by kral70 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:42 PM
    Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:41 PM
  • Have you found a resolution to this?  I have 4 users who use the number keypad daily for payroll, accounting etc. I have tried everything that I know to fix the issue, with no luck.
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:55 PM
  • I have the same issue, but my users are usings Windows 10.  I've tried safe mode with no luck. Have there been any updates to this problem?
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:56 PM
  • Did you have any luck with this issue?  I have 4 users who have trouble with Excel, and they've had issues with Word as well.
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:10 PM
  • Same here.  It's happening on a few computers.   I've tried everything.  No help.   I hope someone finds an answer soon.


    Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:14 PM