How to Put a Key Back on a Laptop Keyboard

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How to Put a Key Back on a Laptop Keyboard
Laptop keyboard (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Laptop keys sometimes come off due to overuse. If you continue to press the key on your laptop without the covering, it could damage the mechanism permanently—that is a much more expensive problem to fix. So as soon as a key falls off your laptop keyboard, take steps to resolve the issue. There's no need to pay an unnecessary fee to a computer repair shop for this simple task. You can do it yourself.

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Things you need

  • Laptop key
  • Key retainer

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    Purchase new keys for your laptop from the manufacturer if necessary. You can also find OEM (original equipment manufacturer) keys from an online outlet like eBay or a brick-and-mortar computer parts store. Some manufacturers will not sell individual keys and will require you to purchase a whole new set or keyboard—in this case go to a third-party source (see "Resources" for an example). Make sure the individual key comes with a retaining clip.

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    Snap the key retainer clip into place. This is a small, plastic part that holds the key top to the push-button. Eyeball the retainer first to see how it lines up with the key—you'll see a hole for the push-button and corner connectors that holds the retainer in place. Line it up and push it onto the key until you hear a clicking sound.

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    Line the actual keyboard key up. Lightly run the back of the key (make sure it's right-side up) over the top of the button until you feel it line up with the button. Press the key down to snap it into place—again, you'll hear a clicking sound, which tells you it's installed correctly.

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