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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to turn on Num Lock on GNOME startup?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. Read How to add extra repositories?
  3. sudo apt-get install numlockx
    sudo cp /etc/X11/gdm/Init/Default /etc/X11/gdm/Init/Default_backup
    sudo gedit /etc/X11/gdm/Init/Default
  4. Find this line
    ...
    exit 0
  5. Add the following lines above it
    if [ -x /usr/bin/numlockx ]; then
      /usr/bin/numlockx on
    fi
  6. Save the edited file (sample)
  7. Read How to restart GNOME without rebooting computer?
The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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