Broken keys on standard keyboards can be frustrating and annoying, but they’re also pretty easy to fix yourself using the right tools. This article will provide you with five different ways to fix a broken key on your standard keyboard without having to take it in to the repair shop or throw it away and purchase a new one.
Remove the Keys
- Start by removing the keys from your keyboard. This will give you a better view of the problem and make it easier to work on.
- Take a close look at the broken key. Is it cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged? If so, you may be able to fix it with some super glue or another adhesive.
- If the key is not too badly damaged, try reattaching it with some strong tape.
- Look for missing pieces that are preventing the key from functioning properly. Glue these back in place with a little bit of super glue and watch as your problem gets solved in seconds!
- If none of these solutions seem to work, you may need to buy an entirely new keyboard if all else fails! The good news is that this can often be cheaper than repairing individual keys!
Use Bending Tools
If your key is simply bent out of shape, you can use a few household tools to fix it. First, try using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Gently grip the stem of the key and pull it back into place. If that doesn’t work, try using a straightened paperclip. Insert the paperclip into the slot on the side of the key and push until the key pops back into place. If your key is still not working, you may need to replace it.
There are five types of keyboard keys: dome, buckling spring, membrane, capacitive sensing, and silicone rubber. For example, some keyboards require dome keys with shorter stems for mounting purposes. However, if your key has broken off from the rest of the keyboard you will need to purchase a new one from an electronics store or order one online through eBay or Amazon.
Ice Water Method
One way to fix a broken key is by using the ice water method. This involves placing the keys in a bowl of ice water for about an hour. Doing this will cause the plastic to contract and pull the keys back into place. You may need to do this a few times to get the desired effect. Once you have done it enough, take the keys out of the ice water and allow them to dry off. Place them back onto your keyboard, making sure they are facing correctly, then try typing on it again.
Super Glue Method
This is probably the most well-known method for fixing a broken key. All you need is some super glue and a few cotton swabs. First, clean the area around the broken key with the cotton swab. Then, apply a small amount of glue to the cotton swab and use it to glue the broken key back in place. Once the glue has dried, test out the key to see if it works. If not, you can try one of the other methods below.
With this method, there’s no guarantee that the key will work properly because it’s likely still damaged internally. Plus, you have to wait at least 24 hours before trying it again. The Glue Pen Method: With this technique, all you need is a high-quality glue pen and a little bit of patience.
Break Into Sections
- If a key is loose but not broken, you can try tightening it by removing the keycap and using a Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the screws underneath.
- If the key is broken but still attached to the keyboard, you can try to realign it so that it snaps back into place.
- If the key is completely detached from the keyboard, you’ll need to reattach it. First, locate the two metal stems on the back of the key.