Is there any way to set the keyboard on a MacBook Air laptop so that I can toggle between normal keys and a number pad?

Seems a little ridiculous to use the mouse for calculator entry and while the number row is adequate for normal typing, it seems like there should be a way to add this functionality.

(FWIW: late 2012 i7 Intel MBAir, OSX Sierra)

per Tom's Comment, as of 12/29/2016 according to their website, "Karabiner does not work on macOS Sierra at the moment" & just last week there was an update released for Ukulele. Here is an old website with some additional suggestions for how to cross this bridge.

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    I think it has quite a few years since there was a built-in way to use letter keys for numbers in OS X in an Apple laptop. I don't know if Karabiner can do it. Presumably you could make a custom layout with Ukelele. Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 18:13
  • @TomGewecke, have you used Ukulele? The reviews I've seen are not so good. Thanks tho for the suggestions, will keep an eye on Karabiner.
    – MmmHmm
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 22:36
  • I've made lots of keyboards with ukulele. Great app, Surprised it would ever get a bad review... Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 0:46
  • @TomGewecke that's good to hear - considering your rep, I have more faith in your opinion and experience than random online reviews, thanks!
    – MmmHmm
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 0:47


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