Originally Posted by raja_3012
You can switch to number mode by pressing Alt and left Shift... and then press either of the shift keys to go back to normal mode.
Well, it's quite different coming from a Pearl, where the keys are much larger. However, your tip to press ALT + SHIFT at the same time solves my problem. I was pressing the left ALT key and kept pressing it while entering the numbers. I'm sure you can see how that felt awkward. User error...
Thanks for the help!