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Sometimes, you might log on to your computer or tablet one day to find your keyboard is typing in reverse. While it may seem like a severe problem, backward typing usually indicates a minor software glitch, and it happens to even the best keyboards. So if you’ve been asking yourself, “Why is my keyboard typing backward?” read on as we explain how this happens and what you can do to fix it.
Additionally, we offer many helpful articles covering keyboard issues. If your keyboard has stopped working randomly, or if the keyboard beeps when typing, feel free to check out any of our resources. And for anyone looking for a new, perhaps smaller, keyboard, we have a great article comparing 60 and 65 keyboards.
If you use a virtual keyboard, it’s always good to have an external keyboard ready if it glitches.
Backward typing is usually due to either a software or keyboard settings error. It could be an outdated or missing driver or just a simple glitch. Because there’s no one way to troubleshoot this problem, we’ll explain some of the most common ways to fix this.
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A quick fix to many software issues is to restart your computer. After powering it down, leave it off for a few minutes before turning it back on. If you use an external keyboard, disconnect or unplug the USB cable. Again, let it sit for a few minutes for reconnecting.
Enter into your computer’s control panel. Then go to the option that says “Language and Region.” Next, you’ll see an option that says “Format.” Click this and find your correct region on the dropdown menu. After finding the right region, press ok and restart your computer.
The keyboard driver is what communicates the hardware commands to the software. The process of updating and installing a driver differs depending on the operating system.
Press the Windows key and R simultaneously. Then, in the search box, type “devmgmt.msc.” Find the keyboard icon, open the dropdown menu, and double-click on your keyboard, whether a built-in or external keyboard. Next, press the tab that says “Driver.” You can either check for updates for uninstalling or reinstall the driver.
Press the Apple icon in the upper left corner. Then press on the option that says “System Preferences.” From there, locate the keyboard icon and click it. Then, press the box that says “Modifier Keys.” At this point, you can update/reinstall the driver.
Whenever you uninstall or update your keyboard driver, you risk losing any customized settings or keyboard shortcuts, so be sure to write them down before doing so.
For more tips on Apple products, read about what to do if your Mac keyboard isn’t working.
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