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How to Reattach a Keyboard Key
Without all of the keys, a keyboard is practically useless. If your key has come off of your keyboard, then you’re probably anxious to get it fixed. Even if you’ve tried to fix your keyboard and failed, don’t give up hope. You can reattach a key on your keyboard. All you need are patience, focus, and that pesky detached key.
Reattaching a Key on a Laptop Keyboard
Inspect the back of the key for damage.Turn the key over to make sure that the part of the key that latches onto the keyboard is still in place. You should see a small plastic piece that will attach back onto the keyboard base. Compare the key to the base of the keyboard where you plan to reattach it to make sure that this latch is present. If it isn’t, then you may need a replacement key.
- Individual replacement keys can be purchased online.
Check your keyboard to make sure the base is intact.In order for your key to reattach and work, the keyboard base must still have its parts. Look to see if the rubber nub in the center is still there, as well as the small metal hooks that will hold the key.
- The nub is in the center where the key will sit.
- The metal hooks will fit into the latch on the underside of the key. Some laptops may not have metal hooks. Instead of metal hooks, you may have a plastic hook.
Replace the retainer bracket if your key has one.Line up the retainer bracket with the key base on the keyboard. Look at the keyboard base to see how the retainer bracket matches up to the base. Click the retainer bracket back into place.
- The retainer bracket is a separate piece that is usually clear or opaque white. It could still be attached to either the base or the key.
Hook the side of the key with the latch into place first.If your keyboard has metal hooks, fit the hooks into the latch. Slide that side of the key in first.
- If your laptop has plastic hooks, slide your key on however you need to so that the key latches onto the hook first.
Push the other side of the key into place.After you fit the key onto the hook, gently press down on the other side of the key. You should feel it snap back into place, and you may hear a click.
Press up and down on the button to make sure it holds.Test the key by pressing it several times to see if it is securely in place. The key should have a bounce to it.
- If the key will not reattach, you may need to take it into a computer repair shop. If it’s a Mac, you can take it to an Apple Store.
Reattaching a Key on a Desktop (Mechanical) Keyboard
Look under the key to make sure it is intact.Turn the key upside down to make sure the inside of the key is not damaged. It's possible that the key became detached because of damage.
- The key should have a plastic piece inside that connects back onto the plunger that is on the base of the keyboard.
- If your key is damaged, then you will need to find a replacement from an old keyboard or an online retailer that offers replacement keys.
Check to make sure the plunger is intact.Look at the square space where the key will fit back onto the keyboard. In the center of the base, you should see a small, tube-like plunger that will attach to the key. This is the piece that moves up and down as you type. It should be in place and unbroken.
- Each key has its own plunger. When you press down on the key, the plunger registers that you are pressing down that letter.
- If the plunger is broken or missing, you will need to replace your entire keyboard because the key cannot be repaired.
Align the key with the base and plunger.Hold your key over the plunger. Get down low and turn your head to the side so that you can see the key fitting into the base. Make sure that the key is in line with the plunger. It should fit evenly into the base.
Press the key onto the plunger and wait for a click.Gently press the key back into its place on the keyboard. Don't press too hard because you could damage the plunger. When the key is secure, you should hear a click.
Test to make sure the key works.Push the button several times to make sure that the key works. It should move smoothly up and down.
- If it doesn't move smoothly, detach the key and try to line it up again. It's possible that the key or the plunger is damaged. If you cannot get the key to move smoothly after several attempts, then you may have to replace the keyboard.
QuestionShould the keys be pressed down?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOn most keyboards, place the key in the right place and push down. You'll know when you get it right. Test out the button and see if it's responsive. If it's working but feels a little stiff, pop the key back out and in again.Thanks!
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