Yesterday, it started to dawn on me that I was experiencing some type of error that prevented me from using my numeric keypad on my keyboard. Specifically the number keys worked but the subtraction, edition, division and multiplication buttons did not.

I had noticed this side effect after installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I then started to put two and two together and realized that the error occurred when ever I had the Dragon toolbar running.

It appeared that Dragon NaturallySpeaking was creating errors in my numeric keypad. I would close Dragon and the keypad work just fine.

Then, after starting the program this morning, I suspected the program may be prescient. I received a daily tip explaining to me that the minus key can be used to trigger a ‘correct that command’.

Ah Ha! It’s a Hot Key!

I immediately realized that Dragon had set up hotkeys on my number pad. I use my number pad all the time, and hotkeys in my number pad just would not do. So I opened up the menu and Dragon and found the section that showed me where the settings were.

Dragon sets default keys for several different commands using each of the buttons that I thought weren’t working.

Dragon Hot Key default settings that create Keypad Error

That may work for some people but it didn’t work for me. So I set up new hotkeys using the alt key, and now I’m happy as a bug in a rug.

Here’s the new hot keys that I’ve set up In case you would like to emulate them.

Alternat Dragon Hot Key settings to fix Keypad Error

If you experience this error hopefully this quick article help youGet back on track quickly.If not the program will probably read your mind like it did meAnd you get that nice little tip when you start a Dragon NaturallySpeaking in the morning, in a day or two . . .