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Keys on laptop dirty underneath

How do I take the key off my laptop to clean under them. they are starting to stick and becoming a problem. I have an HP

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Sis u might want to get it cleaned from a service center. coz if u r not qualified u could end up with a faulty key board .and then end up paying more. there r tools and manuals to open laptops . and it won't cost u much.pleasure helping u and u can get a service center address on

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Delete key stopped working

One moment you are typing on your computer keyboard as usual, when suddenly a key sticks or does not produce a character on the screen.
Perhaps you have a group of keys that suddenly stop working.
Laptop and desktop keyboards alike can stop functioning due to a number of causes, most of which can be resolved by troubleshooting.
Knowing how to fix some keyboard keys that do not work can save you time, and save you the cost of buying a new keyboard.

Disconnect and reconnect your computer keyboard, then restart your computer.
Sometimes a poor connection can result in keys not working on your keyboard.
Update the device driver for your keyboard by going to the manufacturer's website of your keyboard, and then download and install the latest driver matching the brand and model number of your keyboard.

Disconnect your keyboard from your computer and inspect the pins in the keyboard connector if you have a PS/2 connector.
The PS/2 connector for your keyboard has six pins, which connect into a PS/2 port of your personal computer, to allow for communication to and from your keyboard.
Straighten any bent pins you may find, by gently using a ballpoint pen. You must replace your keyboard if you see broken pins.

Try testing your keys using a different application, such as another word processing program. Keys like the function keys on your keyboard labeled F1 through F12 may not work in one application but will work fine in another.

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Disconnect your standard desktop keyboard, then press down on a key not working.
Slip a car key or a flathead screwdriver underneath the key.
Twist the screwdriver or car key until the keyboard key pops off.

Use a damp cloth, moist cotton swabs or compressed air to remove dust, hair, and food crumbs under the key.
Use only water or rubbing alcohol to moisten the cloth and cotton swabs other cleaners can damage the plastic of your computer.

Position and press down on the key to snap it into place.
Repeat this for all of the keys to clean underneath them, if necessary.

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Turn your laptop off, then use a flathead screwdriver or knife under a key corner, prying the key off gently.
You will hear a snap as the key detaches.

Remove the key retainer remaining on your laptop using your knife or screwdriver under the corner, then popping it off with a gentle twist.

Remove the space bar by pulling it off after your insert the screwdriver or knife underneath the bar.

Clean underneath your laptop keys using cotton swabs or a soft cloth dampened with water or alcohol.
You can also use compressed air to remove dust, hair and other debris.

Replace your laptop keys by placing the key retainer into position.
If you cannot remember the position, copy another retainer's position by removing another key.
Insert the keypad into the retainer, then position the key over the retainer while pressing down on the key.
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1.Run a duster over the keys of your Dell laptop. This will remove any dust or small bits of debris that are causing your laptop keys to get stuck and not work. Test your keys once you have dusted them.

2.Spray the laptop keyboard with condensed air. Hold the air nozzle (you will often insert a small plastic tube into the nozzle) about 4 inches from the keyboard. Spray liberally, and use a back-and-forth motion while you work. This will remove most pieces of debris that may be stuck under the keys. Test the keys to see if they now work.

3.Place the tip of your flat-head screwdriver underneath the right-hand side of the key that is not working. Lift up gently and the key will pop off.

4.Dip the tip of your Q-tip into the rubbing alcohol and rub around the area where the key meets the keyboard. This will remove any final bits of dirt and debris. Allow the area to air dry. Repeat on as many keys as needed.

5.Place the loose key directly over the space where it belongs. Note the small piece of rubber. Hold the center of the key directly above the rubber piece and press down. When you hear a small clicking sound, the key is secure.

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Detailed key removal and reinstall instructions may be found e.g. on eBay looking for "spare key tops" or "spare keys".

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