How to remove key caps

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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How to remove key caps
Key caps come off easily with the right tool. (keyboard image by Eisenhans from

The key caps on keyboards may vary slightly in appearance depending on the type of keyboard, but the process of removing key caps is basically the same on all keyboards, whether the keyboard is for a laptop or desktop computer. There is a special tool used to remove key caps. This is known as a key cap puller. It is available at many electronic stores, as well as online retailers. If you do not have a key cap puller, you can still use a flat-bladed tool, such as a plastic pry or flathead screwdriver.

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Things you need

  • Flat-bladed tool or key cap puller
  • Masking tape (optional)

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    Disconnect your keyboard from your computer. If you are using a wireless keyboard, flip the keyboard over and turn the power switch off. If you are removing key caps from a laptop computer, shut the laptop down and disconnect any external power cables.

  2. 2

    Tape the tip of the tool if it is made of metal (such as a flathead screwdriver). If you're tool is plastic, disregard this step. Taping the tip prevents damage or scratches cause by hard metal.

  3. 3

    Insert the tool into the lower-left or lower-right corner of the specific key cap. Gently push the tip up. The key cap will pop off of the keyboard.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process for each key cap. If you want to reinstall a key cap, apply it to the keyboard and push it down firmly.

  1. 1

    Disconnect the keyboard from the computer. If it's a wireless keyboard, turn it off. If you are removing the key cap on a laptop, turn the laptop off and unplug its power cable.

  2. 2

    Position the key cap puller over the key cap you want to remove. Squeeze the key cap handle to get a grip on the edge of the key cap.

  3. 3

    Pull the key cap up gently to disconnect it from the keyboard. It should come off with minimal force.

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