The lockdown days have made it necessary for many of us to sit in front of our computer screens for hours upon hours. But, unfortunately, the same has resulted in many of us eating while working on the important office presentation, reports, and so on.
Yes, I know that these food habits have made us gain a lot of weight! However, that is a discussion for another time! For today, let us focus on your laptop keyboard’s health!
The point is simple: when we use a keyboard for a long time, some keys can get stuck. This can happen for various reasons; for example, there might be dust/dirt accumulated around and underneath a key.
However, one thing that significantly impacts keyboard health is when we drop food or drink on keyboards. And with our lockdown routine, we have become more prone than ever to doing just that.
The food generally gets stuck to areas that we can’t clean and dries hard to cling on the keys over time.
This article would help you fix a key jammed in your laptop keyboard.
3 Ways to Fix The Stuck Keys of Your Laptop
1. Shaking It Away
This is simple! All you need for this step is a small cleaning brush. Follow the steps below, and your keyboard should be good to go.
- Shut down your laptop unless you want your all-important documents to have gibberish all over them!
- Hold your laptop tightly with both your hands and tilt the laptop upside down with the keyboard facing the floor.
- Now shake the laptop hard a few times.
- Check on the stuck key. If it’s still stuck, you can now use the brush to get the key back into working condition.
If this doesn’t solve your problem, continue reading! If it has, well, carry on.
2. Blow Away
So you tried shaking and brushing off the dirt, but the key is still stuck. So let’s see if this step can help!
This step is almost like the last one, except that you need a can of compressed air in this case.
- Turn off the laptop.
- Blow the jammed key with the compressed air and see if debris comes out.
- If it does, make sure that you remove it carefully before getting back to work as, otherwise, it might jam the key again.
- Once you are done, check the key.
3. Pick It Before You Stick It
This can seem like a delicate process, but if your key is still stuck, this is possibly the last thing you can do to try to fix it.
For this step, you need a flat instrument like a screwdriver. You could also use a fingernail if you have a really big one! (We don’t really recommend this.) Also, it would be best if you had a cotton swab and a bit of rubbing alcohol.
- With your flat instrument, very carefully pry the jammed key off of your keyboard.
- Once the key is out, wipe the exposed area carefully, ensuring that any dust or dirt is entirely removed.
- Next, you need the cotton swab and the alcohol just in case any liquids dried up in the exposed area.
- Once you’re done with the cotton swab, you need to let the keyboard dry. While you wait, take another cotton swab with some rubbing alcohol and wipe the key, inside and out, also letting it dry.
- Once, both, the keyboard and the key are dry, return the key to its position and check it.
Your key should be working fine now. However, if you still have problems with it, we recommend reaching out to a technician.
Having said that, it is also a possibility that the keys need to be replaced. But, again, it’s a simple procedure, and it goes like this. Pry the key off as you did before and insert the new key in its place.
Word of advice: When you replace the keys, make sure that you do not remove more than two keys at a time. If you do, you might confuse their placement and find yourself fixing yet another problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a stuck key on my laptop keyboard?
Try PassMark Keyboard test. This program allows you to press a key combination to bring up a graphical representation of the keyboard. It tells you which keys the computer thinks you are pressing, so you can figure out which ones are stuck.
How do you fix a stuck key?
Gently pry up the jammed key. Use a flat tool like a screwdriver to get under the key and pull up on one of the edges. You can use your nail as well. When using a laptop (PC or Mac), the key is kept in place by a fragile plastic clip that also functions as the spring.
Can you remove keys from a laptop?
You can take out your laptop’s keys, but you shouldn’t do it too often so that the keys don’t stop working. However, if something is spilled on the laptop, it may be essential to remove some or all of the keys to clean underneath them.
Nowadays, sticky keys are a common occurrence. So, if you find yourself dealing with one, or several, don’t fret, even if you are in the midst of an all-important presentation or meeting.
Just go through the steps outlined above, and hopefully, your sticky key issues will be no more.
We hope that you found this article useful. However, if you have dealt with sticky keys before, do leave a comment below, letting us know how you fixed them.
Also, if you have a friend, colleague, or family member who keeps getting their keys stuck, you should consider forwarding this piece to them! It would help us both, I promise!