Follow the steps in the article to replace the key. If you're trying to fix the spacebar, skip to the spacebar steps. Click on start menu,in the search box type intl.cpl,click to open intl.cpl,click on Location tab,change location (to any other Country),Apply,OK.Now change back the location to United States,Apply,OK. Unlike the other keys on the keyboard, the spacebar requires additional steps to get it back on properly. It can't be put back on because of the broken hook. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. This article was co-authored by Mobile Kangaroo. Gather your repair equipment. To fix the key and snap it back into place on the keyboard, try each of the following suggestions. The key isn't completely going in. If a key, keycap, key pad, or retainer is physically broken or missing, it must be replaced, see: Where can I find a replacement for a keyboard key? The re-attachment process is detailed below. This article was co-authored by Mobile Kangaroo. If you have a key pad, we suggest inserting it after the retainer is set in place to make things easier. If you wish to replace heavily scratched keys on your laptop keyboard, you can purchase individual keys from laptopkey.com or buy replacement keyboard from laptopkeyboard.com. You need to completely remove the key and put the bottom on first. If you're having difficulty putting a key back onto the laptop, follow the steps below. Mobile Kangaroo is a full service repair shop and Apple Authorized Service Provider headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Avoid making embarrassing mistakes on Zoom! How do I remove and replace a laptop key or keycap? One of the four hooks is broken on a key of our Dell Inspiron 3000 computer. If you're having difficulty putting a key back onto the laptop, follow the steps below. Click on Keyboard and Languages,Change keyboards and make sure Default input language is set to English (US). In the case of a problem with the circuit board, you need to replace the entire keyboard, including the circuit board, to fix the problem. My space key wasn't working well, so I tried to take it out and clean it, but I hadn't read this article. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. Likewise, if the key cap is tilted or loose, try pressing down on it to see if it snaps back into place. I put the key on and only half remains on; the other half just lifts. Press it. Do I need to buy new keyboard? Additionally, if you're trying to remove or put a key back on a desktop keyboard, see: How do I remove the keys on a keyboard? A lot of the time, the key is just dirty and needs proper cleaning to work again. Once this bar is removed, place the new spacebar on the laptop. Unlike a desktop key, each key on a laptop keyboard may have three components: the keycap, key pad, and the key retainer, as shown in the picture. If you're trying to fix the spacebar, skip to the spacebar steps. Once the retainer is inserted, it should lie flat and be able to flex (shown in the image below). If your keyboard is sticky or grimy, you can use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol on the q-tip to help remove the grime. If the key still doesn't work after putting it back on or replacing the keycap, key pad, or key retainer, the circuit board for the keyboard may not be working. Once snapped in, test the key and see if it works again. Tab key is not working usually because of the keyboard driver corruption, or the hardware problem. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. If there aren't hooks at the top of the key, this will still allow the key to come to a naturally horizontal resting position when you lay it down. If cleaning the key's slot and re-seating the key doesn't fix your key's problems, you may need to replace the key altogether. You can usually remove, clean, and restore unresponsive keys. If it doesn't respond, you need a new key. Start by first inserting the key retainer into the laptop. If it is a laptop keyboard I would see your local PC shop for advice. This is a common keyboard issue and you can fix it quickly and easily. If you're not sure what direction the laptop key retainer goes, check the orientation of the metal hooks on the base of the keyboard. Do I need to get a new keyboard? If that doesn't work, you might need a full keyboard replacement. How to fix Tab key not working. Skip this step on a MacBook or any other keyboard that doesn't use key pads. Be mindful that it is properly oriented over the retainers, and push down to snap it back into place. Most MacBook keys don't have the rubber key pad. To replace the entire keyboard, contact the laptop manufacturer to see if you can purchase one directly from them. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. But if you find this does not work, then buy a new keyboard. Can I replace heavily scratched keys on my laptop keyboard like C, F, R, 4, space bar, Alt? Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/b\/bc\/Repair-a-Laptop-Key-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Repair-a-Laptop-Key-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/b\/bc\/Repair-a-Laptop-Key-Step-1.jpg\/aid704958-v4-728px-Repair-a-Laptop-Key-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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