Replacing keyboard keys is a necessary evil. After months of wear and tear the tiny pieces connecting the keys can shift and loosen, but they can be replaced at home without much hassle. Panasonic keyboard keys use hinges similar to many other brands, so once you learn the basics of replacement, you can use that knowledge with a variety of keyboard brands.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Replacement key
- Hinge mechanism
- Rubber nipple
Blow any dust or dirt out of the key gap where the new key is to be connected. Small fibres and dust can disrupt the connection and render a key loose or crooked. Slip a fingernail under an adjacent key so that you can see the proper alignment of the hinges.
Orient the replacement hinge so that the prongs are facing the same direction as the key you just removed. Hook the top two corners of the hinge into the metal hooks on the keyboard.
Press the bottom half of the hinge into place by applying pressure with a single finger. Once the two bottom corners snap into place, make sure all corners are secure by flexing it with a finger.
Lay the rubber nipple down into the centre of the hinge. It will be held in place by the key and will not require gluing or hooks.
Lay the new key onto the hinge and gently press down so that all four corners snap onto the hinge. Replace the adjacent key that was removed for reference.
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