How to Fix a Stuck Laptop Key

Dirt can build up in your keyboard and cause the keys to stick. Dislodge a malfunctioning key by following these simple instructions.

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You Will Need

  • Compressed air
  • Cotton swab
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Small screwdriver

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Blow compressed air

    Blow compressed air around the stuck key.

  2. Make sure the computer is unplugged and turned off.

  3. Step 2

    Wash area

    Wash the area around the stuck key with a cotton swab dipped in distilled vinegar.

  4. Step 3

    Gently scrape around key

    Gently scrape around the stuck key with a small screwdriver.

  5. Step 4

    Dislodge the key

    Dislodge the key by gently prying it up with the screwdriver.

  6. Step 5

    Blow compressed air

    Blow compressed air under the dislodged key.

  7. Step 6

    Wash area under key

    Wash the area under the key with a cotton swab dipped in vinegar.

  8. Step 7

    Continue typing away

    Let the vinegar dry and type away.

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