How Do I Unlock the PC Keyboard?

By Emilia Lamberto

When a PC keyboard locks up, the numbers or letters that you type will appear on the screen very slowly. This may also be accompanied by a strange sound coming from your computer. At the time it may seem like a serious problem, but in fact, the problem can be resolved quickly with a few clicks of the mouse.

Turn Sticky Keys Off

Step 1

Click "Start" or the Windows icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Select "Control Panel" from the Start menu.

Step 2

Double-click on "Accessibility Options." A dialog box should open.

Step 3

Uncheck all three boxes on the dialog box that appears. If no boxes are checked, move on to Section 2.

Step 4

Click "Apply" and then "OK." Exit out of the dialog box. You should now be able to use your keyboard with no problems.

Close On-Screen Keyboard

Step 1

Click "Start" and then select "All Programs" at the bottom of the Start menu.

Step 2

Select "Accessories." Click "Accessibility" and then select "On-Screen Keyboard."

Step 3

Click "File and Exit" to close the on-screen keyboard. You should now be able to use your keyboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pressing SHIFT on your keyboard for more than 8 seconds will automatically lock your keyboard.
  • If none of the solutions work to unlock your keyboard, you may need to take your PC to a professional.