If you’ve invested in a premium keyboard, you may eventually need to know how to fix a keyboard. An unresponsive keyboard can be stressful, but most problems are easy to solve. Though hardware failures might require a repair shop, many software settings can reclaim your desktop keyboard functions.
So, if you’re having difficulty with your wired or wireless keyboard, read this guide on how to fix your keyboard issues.
The steps below will apply to most types of keyboards, but fixing notebook computers like the Chromebook and other laptop keyboards might require different solutions. In addition, users with a mechanical keyboard model can fix individual keys or perform preventative maintenance like lubing a troublesome key switch.
Only download your keyboard driver software from the manufacturer’s website or an authoritative source like Microsoft, Apple, or Cnet Downloads.
STEP 1 Reconnect Your Keyboard
STEP 2 Check Your Keyboard Settings
STEP 3 Reinstall the Keyboard Driver
STEP 4 Clean Your Keyboard
STEP 5 Change Your Mechanical Switch
You can hurt yourself by working on a keyboard hardware issue without disconnecting it from your USB port.
What do I do with a water-damaged keyboard?
You’ll need a replacement keyboard unless you act fast. Unplug your keyboard and flip it over on top of a paper towel. Remove the keycaps and wipe underneath the keys. Let the keyboard sit for 48 hours, and plug in the USB cable to test it. If it doesn’t work, you’ll need to replace it.
How do I unlock a locked laptop keyboard?
You can unlock a locked keyboard by holding the Fn key while pressing the F-button with the keyboard symbol. If your keyboard is still unresponsive, consider restarting your computer.
What do I do if the number keys aren’t working?
Ensure that you do not have Mouse Keys turned on, as this accessibility feature will turn your number pad into directional keys. In addition, make sure that the Number Lock setting is on if you want to type numbers with the number pad.
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