Sometimes a key isn’t responsive and you might have to slam your fingers on the keyboard to make it comply. Increasingly, keyboard issues both in Mac and Windows have gotten worse. Do you want to fix your broken key by yourself without shelling out money to get a fully functional keyboard?
Here are the steps to fix a broken key in a snap and get it back in a working state:
Hardware fixes for a broken keyboard key
Check your keyboard for damage
Before starting with third-party repairs, you should check your keyboard for any physical damage. Begin by examining the defunct keys, in case it feels as springy as the other keys or some dirt or debris is stuck underneath?
If there is, remove the key without damaging the keyboard and clean it.
We recommend that you read the manual before getting into it.
If there is more than one unresponsive key, you have likely spilled some drink over it.
Assess your keyboard as a whole to locate some other defects like the damaged wire on a wired keyboard.
Check the connection and battery
One way to test the keyboard is disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard to either the same or a different port.
Another method is to connect it to another PC. If the error remains, then the problem is on the keyboard side.
A low battery can cause connection error, in the case of a wireless keyboard. Inspect the batteries to see if they are depleted.
Software fixes for a broken keyboard key
Reboot your device
This must be the next step after physical assessment. Sometimes an error can be due to software issues like driver issue that causes the keyboard driver to become unresponsive.
Rebooting can help you rid yourself of this problem.
Update and reinstall drivers to fix a broken keyboard key
If rebooting doesn’t fix this problem, try updating or reinstalling the driver. Commonly, when you connect a keyboard, the operating system already installs a compatible driver.
In case the driver is corrupt, consider replacing the possibly corrupted version or remove it entirely and reinstall an updated version. This will possibly help with the communication issues between your PC and the peripheral.
1 .Go to the Start menu and select Device Manager on the Power User.
2. Expand the Keyboards entry and tap on your device
3. Tap Uninstall Device on the pop-up menu
4. In the Device Manager toolbar, select Action and tap Scan for Hardware changes on the top of the drop-down menu. It should reinstall your driver.
If you need an independent driver for your keyboard, download it from the manufacturer’s website for the latest version and then reinstall it.
How to fix a broken keyboard key by remapping it with functioning keys.
With a quick Registry hack, you can remap the defunct keys to functional ones without any hardware replacement.
1. Download Sharpkeys, to restore an unresponsive/broken keyboard on Windows. It is a free service that enables you to remap defunct keys to other working keys.
2. Install the app and then open it. Tap on “Add” to get started.
3. On the left side under “Map this key”, you have to manually go through the list and select the specific key that is unresponsive.
Or simply tap “Turn key” and then press the key on the keyboard that you wish to remap.
4. On the right side under, you can either manually choose the key from the list or tap “Turn key” and press the key that you want to remap the broken key to.
5. Tap “Write to Registry” and then restart your device. After restarting, the unresponsive key will be remapped to a new working key to perform the dedicated action without any problem.
How to disable a particular key
In case you want to disable a particular key, manually choose the key on the left side. Select “Turn off Key” on the right side, present at the top. Then tap “Write to Registry” and restart your device.
How to delete the remapped keys
Select the combination of the remapped key/keys that you want to delete and tap on “Delete.” Tap “Write to Registry” and then restart your device to restore the original functioning of the keys.
Depending on the type of keyboard you have if none of the above-mentioned methods works for you. Then, it’s likely best to either just get a new keyboard or replace the keyboard panel of your laptop.