The space bar key, as with any other keys on your Dell laptop, may become dislodged and fall off the keyboard when the computer is jostled or dropped. Thankfully you don't need a whole new keyboard if the space bar breaks off the laptop. The space bar uses a series of plastic clips and a thin metal bar to stay locked into position on the keyboard. If the space bar falls off, fixing the broken key is only a matter of reconnecting the appropriate parts.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Flathead screwdriver
- Needle-nose pliers
Shut down your Dell laptop. Push the laptop's LCD lid down into the closed position and turn the entire laptop over.
Find the battery release button, which is positioned near the top of the case and below the battery port. Slide the button over to unlock the battery and pull the battery out of the case. With some Dell models there are instead two release buttons which need to be pushed in two separate directions at the same time to unlock the battery.
Turn over the laptop and pull open the LCD lid. Check underneath the dislodged space bar key to find the metal bar that holds the key to the laptop. Slide the edge of a flathead screwdriver underneath the bar and gently pry it off the key.
Locate the three plastic clips in the open space underneath the segment of the keyboard where the space bar normally rests. Press the metal bar down onto the bottom of the clips and line up the left and right edges of the bar with the holes at the far left and right ends of the clips. If you have trouble fitting the metal bar into the tight space, hold one end with a pair of needle-nose pliers while fitting the bar into place.
Set the space bar key over the plastic clips and metal bar. Press down the left, right and centre of the key at the same time to snap it into position over the clips. Turn the laptop back over and push the battery into the empty port.
Tips and warnings
- If the space bar key has been broken into pieces or the metal bar is missing you will need to buy a new space bar key kit, either through Dell or through online stores that sell laptop keyboard components.
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