Use of ASCII code without numpad

f.foresta86

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Hi guys,

two days ago I have bought a PS63 Modern 8RC but then I have realized that the NumPad is missing. Since I use ASCII codes a lot (to insert characters as ? and so on), is there a way to insert them without NumPad? I've bought a BT NumPad but the ASCII code doesn't work because some forums I cannot press ALT on the laptop keyboard and the number on the external NumPad since it it recognized as a second keyboard.

I know there is the character map, but it is a long process if I need them a lot.

Thanks in advance.

Francesco
 
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Good evening,

I own a prestige 15, which comes without numpad and hence no numlock key, and I have the same issue. It is absolutely ludicrous and frustrating that on a 1500 € laptop it's not possible to insert an ascii character with a simple key combination. MSI seriously needs a wake-up call on this!
I am extremely disappointed.
 

pauldubois777

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If you are on Windows 10, it has the "On Screen Keyboard". Not sure if this will help you, but thought I would share it:

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Furna

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Thanks for the tip Furna. Why are you hanging out here if you don't have one? :)
Why I am hanging out? Because I am hanging out ;-)
Why here? Because this specific issue is one that I have since 15 years with all different brands of laptop.
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Does your MSI laptop have a "virtual" numpad with ALT+Fn key combination?
 

katherinego

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Nope it does not. I was very annoyed when I learned I could not use the onboard kB for special characters. But I mostly use an external kB so I live with it.
 
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Thank you all guys for all the answers.
In regard to pauldubois777 suggestion, I was already aware of that possibility, such as for the case of relying on an external KB as properly hinted by
katherinego. These are all effective work-arounds but they don't address the issue at its origin. Sadly, the suggestion provided by Furna doesn't apply for prestige laptops. I am also aware that this is a problem common to all modern laptops that come without a numpad but this doesn't exempt MSI from the responsibility to deliver high end machines with a very inadequate and inconvenient design that might be fixed with a simple bios update f.e. to enable a special key combination. This is especially true for prestige line of laptops which are oriented towards content creators and professionals.
I am an aerospace engineer and I find myself coding a lot on Matlab and it's such a hassle to copy and paste or fire up the charachter map everytime I need a tilde character (~) for example.
I hope this post reaches the attention it deserves and needs to wake up MSI design team.
 
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