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How to Fix a Broken Laptop Key

How often do you use your laptop?

Studies show people are online for an average of 17.6 hours per week. You can add even more hours to that if you frequently play video games or use your laptop for work.

With frequent use like this, you’re bound to encounter problems with your laptop. You might end up with a key that doesn’t respond and won’t type up the letter, number, or symbol that you wish to use. A bad key can cause a lot of setbacks, making simpler tasks tougher to accomplish.

Don’t know how to fix a broken laptop key? We’re here to help. Read on below for some tips to address this problem:

1. Check the Cause Behind the Bad Key

Before rushing to dismantle your keyboard, check if there’s something on it preventing you from using the keys.

If you are using a keyboard without an external keypad, having the Num Lock on may cause certain keys to map out differently. Turning the Num Lock off will allow you to set your keys back in order.

Otherwise, if that is not the case behind the bad key, there might be something wrong underneath that key. It’s easy for breadcrumbs or cookie bits to lodge underneath a key, preventing you from pushing it in properly. It could use some way for you to remove it.

2. For External Keyboards: Unplug and Shake Off

If you are using an external keyboard, have it unplugged. After which, turn it upside down and shake it off. As mentioned above, there could be debris caught under the bad key and you should be able to dislodge it with a good shake.

Of course, this might not be a good idea if you are using a keyboard integrated on the laptop. That is where you try this next step.

3. Use Compressed Air

Another way to dislodge the debris that might be stuck under the keyboard and to help you clean under the keys is to use compressed air. Get a can of compressed air from a store, as these are useful as a dust remover and cleaner for electronics.

Attach the nozzle on it and have it placed on the nook where the problematic key is in. Start spraying at it and check if it has gotten rid of the debris. If this does not work after testing, then there might be something that you have to check underneath.

4. How to Fix a Broken Laptop Key? Hire a Professional

With a key in your laptop keyboard not working, and being unsure of the steps that you should take to fix it, do not go further. Due to how a laptop has delicate parts in it, fiddling with it further may cause problems if you are not careful.

When you are in doubt and unsure of how to proceed with cleaning it, go to the nearest computer service center and have your laptop keyboard repaired and serviced there. In the hands of a professional technician, you can be sure that they will have it fixed.

In this case, professional repairmen are well-equipped and skilled to work on finding out the cause behind the malfunction.

5. Remove the Key then Check and Clean

Before proceeding with this step, make sure that you are not with any form of static electricity. If you are working on an external keyboard, make sure that you unplugged it. If it is a built-in keyboard from a laptop, make sure the laptop is off and the battery disconnected.

If the key still doesn’t work, try checking underneath. You can do this by removing the key itself, which is possible for external and certain built-in keyboards. To do this, you will need a small flat screwdriver or any flat object that you can pry the key off with. Simply insert the flat object on the key and gently rotate the screwdriver to pop the key off.

What you see underneath depends on the type of keyboard you are using. Usually, you would spot a layer of rubber padding underneath as it comes between the key and the circuitry it covers.

Once you have popped the key away from it, inspect the key first if it got broken. You would notice some missing piece or so if it is.

You can also proceed to clean around it after popping the key off. Use a Q-tip to clean off the grime underneath and around. You can also use a toothpick to go at some tight spots to get rid of the dirt.

After cleaning, pop the key back in carefully and test it.

6. Replace Any Broken Keys

After checking the key causing problems, you might notice one or two things that cause it to malfunction. One of these might be due to a broken portion on the key itself, like a missing piece that snapped off or so.

If the damaged key was causing the problem, consider having the key replaced. If you are using an external keyboard, it might be easier to simply get a brand new one to replace it. On the other hand, it is not that simple for a built-in laptop keyboard.

You can find key replacements online. Take note of the specific model of your laptop and look online. You should be able to spot key replacements for your laptop using that information. Or, you may consider going to the laptop service center for replacements.

If the problem is internal, it is highly suggested that you have a professional repairman look into it and have it addressed.

Have Your Laptop Keyboard Checked Today!

A keyboard, being the primary input method for all computers, is prone to wear and tear after frequent use. This can lead to frustrating situations if you don’t know how to fix a broken laptop key.

The best action to take with a bad key on your laptop is to have a professional repairman look into it and have it fixed for you.

With these services, we can help you with addressing your laptop and computer repair needs. For inquiries, feel free to contact us now.

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18:27 08 Jan 20
Very nice and helpful people, love the store atmosphere, and fair prices.... Overall a very pleasant experience!read more
Tracy cook
Tracy cook
00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
23:48 22 Oct 19
I went with a problem on my tablet and that is not something they are very... comfortable with but for computers that are used you should check it outread more
Carol Lyle
Carol Lyle
16:43 13 May 19
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18:44 03 Apr 19
We took our mac into their store. It was running terrible. They were able to... make it run like it was new. I was surprised on how affordable it was. We will be going there from now on for all of our computer more
Steven Noble
Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
23:45 31 Mar 19
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15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
Joe Geiman
Joe Geiman
03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
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15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
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01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
Daryl Mullins
04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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