How to Replace Keyboard Keys

By Chad Buleen

A key falling off of a keyboard might be an annoyance, but it is not a reason to buy a new keyboard. Regardless of which key falls off, it can be replaced fairly easily. Although the method of replacing typical letter keys is a little different than replacing the space bar, replacing either of these types of keys can be done in a few minutes.

Replacing Letter Keys

Step 1

Carefully pry the key from the keyboard next to the key that has fallen off. This key can easily be pried by sliding a flat-head screwdriver underneath it and popping the key out. Be careful to make sure the key retainer underneath the key stays in place, especially if the key retainer has also fallen off the key you are attempting to fix.

Step 2

Look closely at the key retainer underneath the key that was just removed. Notice there is a notch in each corner of the key designed to hold the key in place.

Step 3

Place the key retainer back into place if it has fallen off the key you are trying to fix. Make sure it is positioned exactly as the key retainer next to it is.

Step 4

Put the key on top of the key retainer. Use your index finger to firmly push straight down on the key to lock the key back into place. Do the same to the key that was taken off to view the other key retainer.

Replacing the Space Bar

Step 1

Turn the space bar upside down and use a flat-head screwdriver to separate the retainer from the back of the space bar key.

Step 2

Place the retainer into its place on the keyboard. The retainer will hook into small hooks on the left and right sides. The small metal bar from the retainer should line the bottom of the area where the space bar will be placed.

Step 3

Put the space bar back into the place where it belongs. Spread the ring finger, middle finger and index finger across the space bar, and push firmly until the key snaps into place.

Step 4

Put the space bar key back in place and gently press on it with fingers until it snaps back in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Perform a temporary fix by replacing an often used key with a key that is rarely used. For example, the "~" key can be removed and put in place of the "T" key for a temporary fix if there are no other options.
  • Be careful when prying keys from the keyboard to make sure the key itself does not crack or break.