You're clicking away on your keyboard, anticipating to see letters on the screen but instead, you’re seeing random letters. Worst, perhaps one of your laptop's keys isn't responding at all. Your laptop is pointless if it does not have a functional keyboard. This is a significant issue with laptops since you cannot just switch the keyboard as you would a desktop computer.
You're typing on your laptop when the "o" key suddenly stops functioning. Perhaps an entire area of keys is taking a long time to respond. Worse, the keyboard completely stops working. While this might be inconvenient, especially if you have a pending deadline, there are a few ways you can try to fix the problem.
Here are some hacks to try:
Laptop keys might break or become less sensitive over time. This also applies to keys that become stuck, aren't responsive, or do nothing when pressed. A key on a laptop keyboard could also become loosened or fall off. Try each of the following solutions to repair the key and pop it back into position on the keyboard.
Each key on a laptop keyboard, unlike a desktop key, has three components: the keycap, keypad, and key retainer. If the keycap is loosened but still connected to the laptop, pushing down on the keycap generally fixes the problem. When the keycap is reattached, a pop is audible when pushing the key down. If this does not resolve the problem, you can detach and reattach the key.
A key, keycap, keypad, button, or retainer that is physically damaged or absent must be replaced.
The spacebar, unlike some of the other keys on the keyboard, needs additional actions to be correctly reinstalled. Before reinstalling the spacebar keycap, a bar should be lifted by placing a flathead screwdriver underneath it and gently lifting upward. Place the new spacebar on the laptop once this bar has been removed. Make sure it's properly positioned over the retainers before pushing down to lock it back into place.
If the key however does not work after reattaching it or changing the keycap, keypad, or key retainer, the keyboard's circuit board could be broken. If the circuit board fails, you must replace the complete keyboard to resolve the issue.
To replace the complete keyboard, call the laptop manufacturer to see if you can get one from them directly. If the manufacturer refuses to sell you a replacement keyboard, bring your laptop to a repair shop.
Because laptops have a built-in keyboard, a single key that becomes loose or jammed might cause serious problems. Whenever a laptop key ceases to press effectively, you may have to detach it from the keyboard to reboot the key and troubleshoot the issue.
Before attempting to remove any of the keys from the keyboard, ensure that your laptop is turned off:
It's that simple to remove a laptop key. Because laptop keyboards are much more difficult to maneuver than desktop keyboards, take extra care while extracting and putting back your laptop key.
If a key on your keyboard stops working, you don't have to throw away your laptop. Our solutions should handle the majority of potential concerns, but if you still can't get it to function, use an external keyboard for now and take your laptop to a repair shop.