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Keyboard repair: key

Keyboard repair: key Posted on 22nd April 2019

The most usual problem with keyboards is the accumulation of dirt. But there, the answer is simple: you need to clean your keyboard. According to New York Times, all you need is “Rubbing alcohol, microfiber cloths, cotton swabs, and canned air.” But what if here’s a key not typing right on your keyboard? In that case, you need to rub it more intensely to make it work. Well, that demands a little more skill and creativity. But it’s not complicated. You’ll need, essentially, a clean plastic straw.

Take the key off

Of course, you’ll also need a flat screwdriver to take the key off, which is the first step.

Insert the straw

Cut a small piece of the plastic straw, fold it and insert it into the back of the bottom of the key. This way you’re giving the key a bigger “reach,” so you don’t have to do all that much.

You don’t need to cut the exact measure of the plastic straw before you put it into the key bottom. Insert it first and then measure it; a few millimeters should be enough. If you don’t get it right at first, just try again.

To put in the key back into the keyboard is even more simple, as you won’t need the flat screwdriver. This action will work with most models of keyboards; if your model doesn’t allow the key to be removed individually, you should disassemble the keyboard itself.

Whichever you do, don’t forget to switch off the keyboard from the computer.

What about cleaning?

During the process of taking the key off, you may find out that the problem was not really in the key itself, but it was due to the accumulation of dirt. Well, it’s time to clean, put the key on, and ensure it is working correctly.