It can be very irritating to have a key constantly stick on your keyboard when you work on a laptop. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to stop the keys from sticking so that you do not have to buy a brand new laptop. The guide below walks you through a quick and easy way to unstick a jammed key on your computer's keyboard.
Remove Loose Crumbs and Debris
The first thing you need to do is remove any loose debris and crumbs from the keyboard. Crumbs and dirt can get lodged between the keys, which could be the cause for the stuck key. Turn your keyboard upside down and shake it lightly. Any loose debris will fall out of the keyboard and onto the surface under it.
Remove the Stuck Keys
Next, you will need to remove the stuck keys to clean the keys and the board underneath of them. To remove the stuck keys, all you need to do is place the tip of a flat head screwdriver under the edge of the key and press the handle of the screwdriver down toward the surface the keyboard is resting on. The key should pop off of the keyboard. Repeat the process until all of the stuck keys are removed. Be sure to note where each key should be placed, if you are not familiar with the layout of a keyboard.
Clean the Keys
Dip the tip of a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol. Hold one of the keys with the tips of your fingers and use the swab to clean the inside and outside of the keys. The alcohol cleans stuck residue to ensure that the keys do not stick when you place them back onto the keyboard.
Clean the Keyboard
Once you have cleaned the keys, you need to clean the keyboard, as well. Look closely at the places where each key locks onto the keyboard. Use a dry cotton swab to remove any stuck debris from the surface. If there is anything gooey attached to the keyboard, dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and squeeze the tip between your fingers to remove any excess alcohol. You want to remove the excess alcohol to ensure that you do not over saturate the keyboard as it can make the intricate parts inside of the keyboard stop working. Rub the damp swab over the gooey area until the substance comes loose from the keyboard.
After cleaning the keys, place each key over the area where it was removed and press down firmly. The key should lock into place easily. Repeat the process with the other keys that you removed. Once the keys have become unstuck, it should work as good as new again. Be sure to keep food and drinks away from the keyboard to decrease the chances of the keys becoming stuck again.
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