Today we would like to tell you how to deal with a broken keyboard in Windows 10. After Apple’s Butterfly keyboard fiasco, we found an increased number of customers are facing this issue. Increasingly, customers are getting the keyboard of Windows laptops in a malfunctioned condition. Even, we have seen these issues with inexpensive laptops as well.
Sometimes you can’t repair the keyboard. Especially in this pandemic situation, it seems really impossible. So if you are searching for a solution for a broken keyboard, you have come to the perfect place. Let’s go and let’s find how to fix a broken keyboard without hardware replacement.
How to Work Around a Broken Keyboard?
Here we are going to discuss two methods by which we can fix the broken keyboard problem. We have brought one software and one hardware fix for you. These will help you to deal with a broken keyboard. So, let’s get started.
1. Remap the key with Microsoft’s PowerToys utility
This is absolutely free software which you can use to replace the function of a broken key. To use this, you first have to download Microsoft PowerToys.
After installation, click “Keyboard Manager” in the sidebar. Then click “Remap a key” to replace a broken key.
You will get a window called “Remap Keyboard”. Here you can see a plus sign (+), click on it to add a shortcut.
On the left, you have to choose the key you want to remap. Select the broken key you want to assign in the drop-down menu. In the “Mapped To” section on the right, click the drop-down menu and select the key with which you want to replace.
When you are done, click on the “Ok” to close that window. Also, the remapped key should be in an inactive condition.
2. Swap One Keycap with Another
Most of the keyboard has the same key mechanism. All keys have a mechanical switch that actually connects with the device. There is a piece of plastic called a keycap at the top of that switch.
Now, if the keycap breaks or gets detached, you may face a problem with that key. However, the switch beneath the key may be absolutely okay. In such a case, you can replace that faulty keycap with another keycap. Again, you can choose a key that you don’t use. Also, the key should be of similar size.
What to Do When Anything Doesn’t Work?
If nothing is working on, you should go for an external keyboard. It is the simplest solution to counter your broken keyboard. Also, when you are facing issues with more than one key, the keycap swap will not work. You can easily order it from an online store or can buy it from your nearest electronic store. These are really easy to use.
The external keyboard comes in two mode-wired and non-wired. Wired keyboards connect with your device via a USB cable. However, the non-wired keyboards connect with your device via Bluetooth. Non-Wired keyboards are a little costlier than their wired counterparts. You can buy any of these as per your choice and budget. In general, external keyboards come at a reasonable price, and it can save your extra expense. Also, these keyboards are compatible with almost all devices.
We have given you all the possible ways to counter broken keyboard issues. You can pick up the best one as per your circumstances. If the repairing cost of the keyboard seems much higher, an external keyboard is a perfect choice. However, if you are using a PC, don’t go for many fixes. Just buy a new keyboard and plug it in.