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If your keyboard seems on the fritz, you may need to revert to default settings with a soft reset. Sometimes, even the best keyboards can act up, which doesn’t mean the device is failing. Below, we’ll show you how to reset a keyboard for both Windows and Apple.
We also have a few guides on device upkeep, such as our article on how to replace keyboard keys. And we also have one on how to remove a spacebar on a mechanical keyboard.
If some keys aren’t working even after resetting your keyboard, you can go into the settings and remap the keyboard layouts.
Whether you need to know how to reset a Mac keyboard or one for Windows, rest easy knowing that this is a straightforward process. It’s just a simple matter of entering your settings, and voila! You’ll be set to go in no time.
However, suppose your laptop keyboard is entirely unresponsive. In that case, you might have to get an external keyboard to work on in the meantime. If you do this and need help setting it up, you can check out our article on how to connect a wireless keyboard. And for the adventurous souls, we offer a guide explaining the process of making a wireless keyboard out of a wired device.
First, you’ll have to enter the device manager. To do this, press “Windows Key + R” This key combo will bring up the Run box.
In the search field, type “devmgmt.msc” and press the OK button.
Find the keyboard icon and click it to enter into the dropdown menu.
Select the keyboard you want to reset. Then, on the upper row of icons, press the red “X.” Pressing this uninstalls the keyboard.
Press the button that has the computer with the magnifying glass over it. Pressing these scans for hardware changes will bring back the uninstalled device.
After selecting the keyboard on the drop-down, return to the top menu and press the icon with the monitor and green up arrow. This installs the latest keyboard driver and should fully reset your device.
Press the Apple symbol in the upper left corner.
Press “System Preferences.”
Select the keyboard icon.
Press the button in the bottom right corner that says “Modifier Keys.”
Press “Restore Defaults” then “OK.” Once done, the device should be fully reset.
If you do a soft reset, you will lose the custom setting you have in place. You’ll have to reenter them after the process is complete.
STAT: While keyboards come in all price ranges, the average cost of a computer keyboard is $107. (source)