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Numlock at login screen

At the Ubuntu login screen, the numlock is switched off. With a simple hack the numlock can be switched on at the login screen.

To have the numlock switched on at the login screen, the following needs to be executed:
  • Open a terminal
  • Type the following command: gksu gedit /etc/gdm/Init/Default and press Enter
  • If required type the requested password and press Enter
  • Copy the following lines and paste it at the bottom of the file:

    if [ -x /usr/bin/numlockx ]; then
    exec /usr/bin/numlockx on

  • Make sure the lines are inserted above the last line (exit 0)
  • Save the file and colse it.
The next time after rebooting the system, the numlock should be switched on at the login screen.