How To Put a Key Back On a Keyboard
For those who have had to put a key back on their keyboard. It can be frustrating and time-consuming. You might even find yourself asking, “why did I do this?” Luckily for you, we are here to help with a quick guide to putting keys back on your keyboard.
We will walk you through it with four easy steps: 1. Find and Purchase Replacement Keys 2. Remove Key 3. Put It Back On 4. Test Replace the key you broke by using these steps, and soon enough, you’ll be up and running again!
Step One: Find & Purchase Replacement Keys Now that your key is broken, it’s time to replace it! The first step is finding replacement keys for your keyboard model at most computer stores or online shops (eBay). They are usually listed under “keycap replacements.” You should be able to find whatever colors you need for each of the keys in the set. Prices vary from store to store, so be sure to shop around. Do not go to the store of the company that made your keyboard!
Here are some examples of places you might be able to buy replacement keys:
US customers: Cherry/Keycool
Europe/UK customers: AliExpress
Step Two: Remove the Key Next, let’s remove the key to put our new one in its place. To do this, take a piece of paper and fold it in half and stick it under all the other keys on your keyboard. This will lift them, so they’re out of the way while you work. The remaining step is removing your broken key – either with a flathead screwdriver or by using tweezers (if it broke off). If necessary, use a flathead screwdriver to pry the key off. If you’re lucky, it’ll come right off. Keep trying and working at it until it comes loose. Sometimes they break in half, and there’s no way to get them out, so tweezers will be necessary.
Step Three: Put It Back On Now that we have our replacement key, let’s put it on! Hold your replacement key in place with one hand while pressing down on all the keys around it with your other hand. This will ensure everything is lined up correctly before you push down hard on the new key!
Step Four: Test your keyboard by pressing each of the keys along the top row (1-10). If they don’t feel quite right, it may be that you didn’t put the key back on properly. Inspect your keyboard to see any remaining glue or another residue from the old key. You can use rubbing alcohol or a dental pick dipped in rubbing alcohol to dissolve any left-behind material and finish your repair job!
Now, go enjoy your new working keyboard again without worrying about it breaking! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.
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