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Left shift key wont go back on

My left shift key wouldnt press down so i carefully took it off now i cant get it back on...also a small piece of blue plastic was snapped in side

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Hello,
Given that replacement keyboards are not all that horrendously expensive you could actually replace the keyboard if it comes to it eventually.

However, what we did in the old days when replacing keys with worn out lettering was hold a soldering iron on the metal finger the keytop attaches to until the metal of the finger is very hot. Hot enough to push the keytop back on. While you push the keytop down onto the metal finger hold and press firmly for about 1 minute and then release. That should meld the two together if its going to happen at all. Leave it untouched for at least 30 minutes to ensure a firm bond.

This doesn't mean this will be an end all solution to your problem.

Because you mention the broken plastic piece, this mean this keytop may come loose or off again at some time in the future.

If you have tried and used super glue already be prepared for a smoke stench that will come off while you hold the soldering iron on the key finger. Burning super glue is how CSI techs reveal finger prints. That doesn't mean its very safe to breath. So, take some ventilation precautions while you do this. Essentially, do not breath the smoke directly, it will rise quicly on its own until its burned off.

Best of luck,
Worldvet

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