Laptop keyboard not working: 6 simple fixes you can try

Laptop keyboard behaving erratically? Keys not pressing? Random text appearing on the screen? Your laptop’s keyboard may be to blame. However, worry not, there are chances that the problem may not be too big. Some simple fixes may be able to solve the issue for you. Here are 6 you can try:

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Reboot the computer

The first thing you need to do is reboot your PC. This is not certainly sure shot but may help in some cases. It may also help identify if it is a software or hardware issue. A quick reboot may help things get back to normal.

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Thoroughly clean your laptop

Look for those crumbs. Most of us eat with our laptops around, this may lead to food getting lodged between the keys due to occasional spills. So, do a quick cleaning. Try damp cloth around the keys. Can also use the toothpick to clean the space below and around the keys. Compressed air too can be an option, solutions are available online starting at under Rs 200.

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Adjust your keyboard settings

Some software settings may also cause your keyboard to behave strangely. Check for this. Go to keyboard’s settings by opening the Start menu, typing ‘Control Panel’ and search for Keyboard in the Control Panel window.

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Update keyboard driver

Another fix can be to update laptop keyboard. Follow these steps:

* In the Start menu search bar, type device manager

* Browse the list of devices till you see Keyboards

* Right-click the keyboard and select Properties > Driver.

* Click Update Driver and wait for Windows to find a new driver and install it.

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Uninstall keyboard driver

Another fix can be driver uninstallation. Here too you need to follow largely the same steps as updating keyboard driver. Again, find the keyboard driver once you’re in the Device Manager. If you see a yellow exclamation warning, this is definitely a driver problem. But even if you don’t, a reinstallation is nevertheless a good idea.

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Replace faulty laptop keyboard

Look for physical damage. If the keyboard is physically damaged, you will need to get it replaced. Make sure you remove all the attached components

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