How to Take a Keyboard Apart

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Although the most important part of a computer is undoubtedly the CPU, a close second is the keyboard. Without it there isn't much you can accomplish on a computer. Whether you need to deep clean the keyboard, repair an internal component or you spilled something and need to get inside the unit, it's relatively easy to take apart a keyboard.

Step 1

Decide if you need to get under the computer keys. Underneath the key is where the computer chip and the button is for that specific key, so there may be no need to take the entire keyboard apart if there's a problem with only one key.

Step 2

Pop the key off by using a small to medium sized screwdriver. Place the flat end under the edge of the key and use gentle pressure. Pull the screwdriver up until the key cover pops off.

Step 3

Flip the keyboard over and locate the screws normally on the outside edge of the keyboard. Some manufacturers hide the screw holes underneath rubber feet, so if you don't see any screws, simply use a screwdriver to pry up the rubber feet and look for screws under them.

Step 4

Unscrew the screws from the keyboard to take apart the backside of the keyboard, making sure to save the screws in a baggie or bowl. If you happen to have screws of different length, make notes as to which screws go in which holes. A simple diagram solves this problem easily.

Step 5

Turn the keyboard back over and remove any casing around the front of the keyboard. If it doesn't pop off easily, simply wedge the edge of the screwdriver in several parts of the casing and gently pry it upwards.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always remember to save the key cover in a baggie or bowl so you don't lose it.