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How to Repair or Replace a Key for a Keyboard.

Keys sometimes pop out or are accidentally bumped and fall off the keyboard. Here's a little trick to help you put the key back on:
1. Gather all the pieces or parts of the key - normally there are four parts: the key itself, a rubber nipple, and two base hinges.
2. Gently lift the key next to the one that popped out - just remove the key and do not remove the other parts. This is going to be the "reference" key.
3. Observe the assembly of the parts and make note of how they are connected at the base.
4. Replace the base hinges first - compare it to the other key base and make sure the rubber is in the center. The two hinge parts must be connected correctly like the "reference" key. Use a magnifying glass to see the proper assembly - do not alter the connection.
5. Replace the key - align it over where it's suppose to be and sharply snap it into place. You should hear a noticeable clicking sound if all the parts are assembled properly.
6. Test the key.
7. Replace the "reference" key back on.
8. Done!

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