How to Take Off a Space Bar on an HP Keyboard

Updated February 21, 2017

Hewlett-Packard (HP) keyboards, like other standard 101-key keyboards, include not only the regular QWERTY keyboard layout, but also a set of function keys programmed specifically for HP computers. When experiencing a problem with a key on your HP keyboard, you can remove the key, clean under the key or replace it to solve the problem. Removing the space bar is a bit of challenge due to a metal retainer holding the key in place. The metal retainer is hooked into the body of the space bar and into the keyboard itself.

Place the HP keyboard or HP laptop computer on a flat surface.

Place the end of a small flat head screwdriver underneath one side of the space bar.

Place your finger on top of the space bar. Pry the side of the space bar gently up until it is free of the post on the keyboard.

Place the end of the flat head screwdriver underneath the other side of the space bar.

Pry the other side of the space bar gently up until it is free of the post on the keyboard.

Place the tip of the flat head screwdriver next to the piece of plastic where the end of the metal retainer is connected to the keyboard.

Push the metal retainer gently away from the plastic connector to free it.

Lay the space bar, its metal retainer and rubber suction cups on a soft rag or cloth.

Remove the metal retainer from the space bar with the flat head screwdriver. The metal retainer is seated in two grooves.


When reinstalling the space bar, assemble the metal retainer first to the space bar, then attach the retainer to your HP keyboard before pushing the space bar in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Soft rag or cloth
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