What is the Num Del key in Microsoft Flight Simulator?

It’s a little confusing.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is going to have you looking for keys on your keyboard that you might never have used before. The game’s controls and keybindings are extensive, and you will need ready access to a lot of key combinations to do everything that you will need to do to successfully fly your plane.

If you are wondering what the Num Del key is, and are struggling to make that particular key combination work in the game, this article will help you out. If you are running a TKL or 60% board, then we are unsure of exactly how you will work around this, but Microsoft Flight Simulator makes ready use of the numeric keypad for lots of keyboard shortcuts. This is where you will find the Num Del Key.

Below, you can find a brief rundown of the numeric keypad, and what each button does under different circumstances.

Key on Numeric PadNum Lock OnNum Lock Off
22Down Arrow
33Page Down
44Left Arrow
55Does Nothing
66Right Arrow
88Up Arrow
99Page Up
00 Insert
.. (decimal or dot)Delete

The first thing to be aware of is – what the buttons on the numeric keypad do differ depending on whether you have Num Lock on or off. You can find the Num Lock button at the top right of the numeric keypad on most keyboards, and it should have an indicator light above it to let you know if it is off or on.

To get the Num Del key, you will need to have Num Lock off, then hit the decimal or dot key, which is usually located right beside the zero key. And that’s it. Nothing complicated to it, just make sure you are turning Num Lock on and off as you need it, or it might get a bit frustrating.

While it might seem like there is a lot to learn and remember when you start playing, it shouldn’t take long before your muscle memory kicks in, and relevant commands you need to learn to fly become second nature.