How to Replace a File Cabinet Key

Written by diana braun
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File cabinets provide storage for important files and documents both in a home setting and office setting. File folders can be placed inside the cabinet to allow owner's to organise files into appropriate categories. Many cabinets come with a lock and key to ensure that only those who are allowed access are given access to the important and confidential documents that may reside inside the cabinet. If the cabinet keys are lost, a replacement needs to be ordered to allow access to your files.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Record the manufacturer, model and serial number of your file cabinet. This information can typically be found in the owner's manual documentation that came with your cabinet.

  2. 2

    Contact the file cabinet manufacturer. Customer service numbers can be found online at the manufacturer's website. Call the manufacturer and provide the information from Step 1 to the customer support representative.

  3. 3

    Order replacement keys. Most manufacturers offer replacement keys at a minimal price. The keys are sent once the serial number is verified and payment has been submitted.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have the serial number for the file cabinet or the manufacturer of the file cabinet is no longer in business, contact a local locksmith. Locksmiths have the professional tools and experience to re-key a lock on a file cabinet.

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