How to Replace a Laptop Key on an HP Pavilion

Written by gregory hamel
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Laptops are an extremely useful computing solution due to their mobility and all in one computing capabilities. Still, for all their utility, laptops are susceptible to certain issues that are easier to address on a desktop computer. One such issue is faulty keys on the keyboard. When a standard keyboard for a desktop breaks, one can simply grab a new keyboard. With a laptop, a key must be put back on if it falls of or replaced if it is broken.

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Things you need

  • Tweezers
  • Replacement key and key retainer

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    Isolate and assemble the key retainer. If your first key is broken, chances are the part that broke was the key retainer, which is comprised of two small interlocking pieces of plastic that fit into a metal housing on the keyboard. Take out the new retainer and make sure both parts are fitted together. If they are not together, you must slip the one with pegs on either side inside of the one with holes, so that the pegs fit into the holes.

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    Install the retainer into the keyboard housing with a tweezers. The retainer locks into a metal housing, which usually consists of four points that the retainer hooks under or snaps into, with the open middle of the retainer encircling a flexible silicon cup that gives the key its spring. Use your tweezers to carefully manoeuvre the retainer, slipping it under the appropriate hooks and prodding it to snap it into place. If you can't figure out how to position the retainer, consider taking off a lesser used key to see how the retainer fits onto the keyboard, then snap the lesser used key back on.

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    Snap the key cap back in place. The key cap is the part of the key that you see and press as you operate your computer. Depending on what part of the original key was damaged, you might not need a new key cap. To install the key cap, just position it over the retainer that is locked in place and press down with moderate pressure. The key cap will has plastic housings that are designed to snap onto the retainer, so the key should pop back into place and be secured to the keyboard.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care not to force the anything too hard when replacing a key, as you might damage the housing that holds the key retainer or the key retainer itself. The only time a little bit of firm pressure is needed is when you are pressing the key cap down onto a retainer that is attached to the keyboard.

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