How Do I Unlock the PC Keyboard?

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How Do I Unlock the PC Keyboard?
A locked keyboard can be a huge problem, but fortunately, solving it only requires a few clicks of the mouse. (locked laptop image by CraterValley Photo from

When a PC keyboard locks up, the numbers or letters that you type will appear on the screen very slowly. This may also be accompanied by a strange sound coming from your computer. At the time it may seem like a serious problem, but in fact, the problem can be resolved quickly with a few clicks of the mouse.

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    Turn Sticky Keys Off

  1. 1

    Click "Start" or the Windows icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Select "Control Panel" from the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Double-click on "Accessibility Options." A dialogue box should open.

  3. 3

    Uncheck all three boxes on the dialogue box that appears. If no boxes are checked, move on to Section 2.

  4. 4

    Click "Apply" and then "OK." Exit out of the dialogue box. You should now be able to use your keyboard with no problems.

    Close On-Screen Keyboard

  1. 1

    Click "Start" and then select "All Programs" at the bottom of the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Select "Accessories." Click "Accessibility" and then select "On-Screen Keyboard."

  3. 3

    Click "File and Exit" to close the on-screen keyboard. You should now be able to use your keyboard.

Tips and warnings

  • Pressing SHIFT on your keyboard for more than 8 seconds will automatically lock your keyboard.
  • If none of the solutions work to unlock your keyboard, you may need to take your PC to a professional.

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