Keyboard Problems: How to Fix Them? [2023 Guide]
We all know how important a component of the keyboard is. It can be super annoying when it stops working and the keys fail to deliver the message.
Common errors like the keyboard’s backlight not working, keys not registering, and even the keyboard itself shutting down are some of the same problems we’ve all faced.
Thus, keeping that in mind, we bring to you this guide, where we’ll learn the solution to these common Windows keyboard issues.
Windows Keyboard Issues and Solutions
Issue#1: Repetition of letters
One of the most common reasons why your keys are repeating letters even after pressing them just once is because of the food and dirt that have made the key sticky.
It is always advised to avoid eating food in front of your keyboard and to provide regular cleaning to it. But, if the problem has already occurred, here’s what you can do:
- First of all, Open Keyboardtester.io
- Now, check all the keys and note down the defective ones.
- Grab a dry cloth and remove the dust and debris which you should’ve cleaned long before.
- Get a damp cloth and get rid of the stickiness and grease on the keys. This should make the keys work properly. Make sure that you’ve switched your keyboard off before attempting to clean it.
- If this problem is still occurring, navigate to your keyboard settings and undo any wrong settings that you may have accidentally enabled.
Issue #2: Keyboard keys are unresponsive.
Various types of keyboards have various types of issues. If you are facing an issue where your keyboard shows that it is switched on, but the keys do not work, then you can try the following method:
- If you have a Bluetooth keyboard at hand, try disconnecting and reconnecting by removing the keyboard from the computer.
For a wired keyboard, unplug and plug once again. Make sure that the batteries of the keyboard are working and full.
- If you’ve already tried this, proceed by uninstalling your Keyboard drivers and reinstalling them once again.
This can be done by navigating to the device manager and then selecting Keyboard. Once reinstalled, restart the PC, and the keyboard shows working fine now.
Issue #3: Backlit keyboard failure.
The backlit feature in keyboards is a very essential and handy feature that helps us work without any lights. Here’s what you can do if the backlit keyboard light isn’t responding:
- At times, we accidentally dull the keyboard's brightness, making us think that the keyboard light isn’t working.
Increase the brightness of the keyboard. Usually, high brightness is achieved by pressing the same ‘Fn’ (Function) combination keys that are used to enable the backlight.
If that doesn’t work, increase the brightness level from the keyboard settings of your personal computer.
- By now, if the backlit keys have not shown any light yet, you must have tried restarting your PC at least once. If not, do that.
- Update your keyboard drivers by going to ‘Device Manager’ in the settings and selecting a keyboard.
- Finally, run the Keyboard Troubleshooter on your Windows PC by opening Update and Security from the settings.
Click Troubleshoot>Additional Troubleshooters. A new menu should appear, select ‘keyboard’ and then ‘Run the Troubleshooter.’ Once the troubleshooting has been done, try restarting your PC.
Issue #4: Bluetooth Keyboard not connecting.
- If your Bluetooth keyboard is not connecting, the first step that you should do is to check the Bluetooth settings on your PC. Switch on and off the Bluetooth a few times and even disconnect the keyboard in an attempt to connect it again.
- Make sure that your Bluetooth keyboard has its battery full. Try connecting the Bluetooth keyboard to another device. If it works on that one, there likely is an issue with your PC’s Bluetooth function. Check to see if the graphic drivers on your PC are up to date.
- Lastly, if the keyboard is not connecting to your PC but to other devices, it could simply also mean that it is not compatible with your current PC. Do a little research to find out whether it is or not.
Issue #5: Broken Keys
Most people simply panic when a key suddenly pops out their keyboard without warning.
This is happening in the first place because you’re being harsh with your keyboard or simply that the keyboard is of bad quality. Here’s what you can do to make things a little better:
- If a mechanical keyboard's key pops out, you have nothing to worry about. Mechanical keyboards have keys that can actually be taken out to deep clean the keyboard. We often do not notice the loosely fitted key that pops out later. Follow the instructions manual of your keyboard to fix it right back in.
- You do not have to worry about buying an entirely new keyboard if only two or three keys have popped out and the rest are working just fine. All you have to do is take the detached keys to a professional, and they’ll fix the broken ones easily with fewer costs than a brand new one.
- However, if your keyboard is already old, take it as a sign to buy a brand new one for yourself.
If your problem is not listed here, then you can refer to this guide here.
Hopefully, this article helped you solve your Windows Keyboard issues effectively.
If you tried all the above-mentioned steps and your keyboard still doesn’t resolve, then, unfortunately, the hardware might have failed.
You’ll need to then take your keyboard to a professional who can solve the issue. Lastly, you should always remember to keep the keyboard clean. It is a very essential component of a computer that has to be taken care of.