Here’s how to unlock a keyboard that’s locked

Locking your keyboard is great if you don’t want to accidentally hit keys or prevent kids and pets from making changes to your computer without your knowledge, but if you can’t unlock your keyboard, that’s a real problem to solve. Fortunately, if your keyboard is unresponsive, there are some things you can do to get it working again.


  • Check USB adapter and USB cable
  • Toggle on/off button
  • Update drivers
  • Uninstall and reinstall the driver
  • Disable Sticky and Filter Keys feature on Windows 10/11
  • Other general solutions
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Here’s how to unlock a locked keyboard.

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Check USB adapter and USB cable

Like wireless mice, wireless keyboards come with their own USB adapter. You may have moved your computer accidentally, or the dongle may have become loose over time. Remove the USB dongle from the port and reinsert it. If this doesn’t work, consider that the adapter may be faulty.

If you’re using a wired keyboard, try unplugging it and plugging it back in.

Switch for Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400.
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Toggle on/off button

Sometimes the solution to a locked keyboard problem is as simple as flipping a switch. As far as wireless keyboards go, most have an on/off button to save battery. Check if the button is on.

Consider replacing the battery as it may be discharged. It could be that your battery is dead and not dealing with a locked keyboard.

Update drivers

The keyboard may have stopped working because the drivers are outdated or a system glitch may have damaged the keyboard. Whatever the case may be, updating the keyboard driver can unlock a locked keyboard.

If you are using Windows 10, you will need to go to your device Manager (Start Menu > Windows system > control Panel > device Manager).For Windows 11, select Start Menu > set up > system > about > device Manager.Find the keyboard driver with a click keyboard site.Right-click Standard PS/2 keyboard and select Update drivers options. Once the update completes successfully, you will need to restart your system.

Additionally, if you choose characteristic Select an option from the same drop-down list, and Windows will tell you if it finds any issues with the driver itself.

Note that if you have a wireless keyboard, it may not appear listed as a standard laptop keyboard (Standard PS/2 keyboard).

Option to update drivers in Device Manager on Windows 10.
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Uninstall and reinstall the driver

If updating drivers doesn’t unlock your keyboard, try this method (use at your own risk).

Step 1: Go to device Manager on Windows.Right-click on the keyboard entry and select Uninstall device Label.

Option to uninstall keyboard driver in Device Manager on Windows 10.
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Step 2: Restart your computer.When it restarts, it should Install the keyboard driver for you.

If not, connect another keyboard to your system if possible, visit the manufacturer’s website to find the locked keyboard, and download the necessary drivers.

Alternatively, follow this process exactly on another computer, save it to a USB/external hard drive, and use your mouse to install it on the affected system.


Disable Sticky and Filter Keys feature on Windows 10/11

You may have accidentally locked your keyboard by enabling the Sticky Keys and Filter Keys features.

Step 1: On Windows 10, open set upthen select Extensive transportation network Label.scroll down to interaction section on the sidebar and select keyboard.close filter key and sticky keys Use your mouse to connect the corresponding switches.

Sticky Keys and Filter Keys on/off buttons in Windows 10.
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Step 2: For Windows 11, similarly, click start menu, open set up and go to Accessibility In the left section you should find under keyboard set up.There should be an off switch on the top sticky keys and filter key.

Screenshot showing how to disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys on Windows 11.
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Other general solutions

Step 1: Restart your computer: Yes, this seems like an obvious solution, but you’d be surprised how many people unlock their keyboard after restarting their computer. try it.

Button to restart Windows 10 via the Start menu.
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Step 2: On-Screen Keyboard: This is only a temporary solution, but it still works.On Windows 10, open keyboard inner part Extensive transportation network and open Use the on-screen keyboard button.If you’re using Windows 11, you can find the switch to enable the on-screen keyboard by going to start > set up > Accessibility > keyboard.

This at least allows you to type on the system, although the process is much longer. For example, you can enter the necessary search terms to find a driver you can download for your keyboard (just make sure it comes from the manufacturer’s official website).

Option to enable on-screen keyboard functionality in Windows 10.
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Step 3: Mechanical Damage: Due to some mechanical damage to the product, your keyboard may no longer work. For example, you might drop it on the floor, which could damage some of the modules inside the keyboard itself. Likewise, you may have spilled some water or coffee on it.

To do this, connect the keyboard to another system and see if it works. If not, you may just need to buy a new keyboard. You can make an informed decision by checking out our favorite gaming keyboards, or if you want something a little more comfortable, here are some of the best ergonomic keyboards.

If you have a laptop and none of the above fixes unlock your keyboard, it might be time to get it checked out at a trusted computer repair shop.

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