Keyboard Locked on Windows 10 laptop or PC? Then you are at the right place. Here we will discuss the reasons behind your keyboard won’t typing and solutions to the problem. This guide will help you to unlock the keyboard for all PC or Laptop brands such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, MSI, and Microsoft Surface. Provided they have Windows 10 Installed.
Reasons Behind Your PC or Laptop Keyboard Is Locked [Windows 10]
There are 4 possible reasons behind your keyboard won’t type-
- You have made the wrong settings unknowingly.
- Outdated/missing/corrupted keyboard Drivers.
- Keyboard Locked When You Are Using A USB Keyboard
- The keyboard is broken.
Ways To Fix keyboard Locked Issue on Windows 10 Laptop or PC
Fix The Wrong Settings on Your PC
1. Turn Off The Function key:
It is possible that you have unknowingly turned on the “function keys” and “filter keys”. It is because you might have pressed the right shift key for more than 8 seconds.
To turn off the function key follow these steps-
Step 1: Go to the start button and navigate to settings.
Step 2: Click on “Ease of Access”
Step 3: Now click on “keyboard”.
Step 4: Here you will find 2 options: “filter key” and “functions key”. Turn them off with the help of the radio buttons.
This setting should unlock your keyboard on Windows 10 laptop or PC.
2. Turn On The Num-Lock
If only the number section of your keyboard is locked or not working and the rest of the keys are working fine. Then it is possible that you have pressed the num-lock button. It locks the num-lock section of your laptop or PC.
Press the “Num Lock” button placed at the number section of your keyboard (right side of your keyboard). Now generally you should see a yellow light just above the number. Now your “Num Lock ‘ is disabled and you should be able to type your number keys with your keyboard.
3. Uninstall and Reinstall the keyboard Drivers:
Your Windows 10 laptop keyboard won’t type because you don’t have the right drivers installed on your PC. To fix this issue and unlock your Windows 10 keyboard follow these steps-
Step 1: Go to the start button and type “device manager” (without quote). Open the device manager.l
Step 2: Here you will see “keyboard” in the list. Double-click on it
Step 3: Under this option, you will see all the keyboard drivers installed on your PC.
Step 4: Right-click on that driver.
Step 5: You will see an option to “Uninstall”. Click on it.
Step 6: Repeat the step for all the drivers under the keyboard section.
Now your drivers are uninstalled. Restart your PC and Windows will install the programs automatically. This should fix your keyboard-locked problem on Windows 10 laptop or PC.
Fix Outdated/Missing/Corrupted Keyboard Drivers:
Your keyboard is unable to type or it seems locked because your drivers are outdated, missing, or corrupted. To fix the issue follow these steps-
Step 1: Press “Windows+R” simultaneously and type “devmgmt.msc”
Step 2: Now click on the keyboard option.
Step 3: Here you will see an option to “update drivers”.
Step 4: Now click on “Update Drivers” and your drivers will be updated automatically.
These methods should fix your Locked Keyboard issue on Windows 10 Laptop or PC for all brands such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, MSI, and Microsoft Surface.
Keyboard Locked On Windows 10 When You Are Using A USB Keyboard:
If you are using a USB keyboard and it won’t type then the possible reasons are-
- The USB keyboard has a hardware issue – Replace the keyboard
- USB Ports Are Blocked/Disabled-
If your USB ports are blocked then Follow these steps to enable or unblock a USB port-
Step 1: Search “device manager” in the start menu.
Step 2: Double-click on the universal serial bus control.
Step 3: Right-click on any USB port option.
Step 4: Click on enable if disabled.
Step 5: Repeat this step for each option.
- USB Drivers are Outdated: To update outdated USB drivers follow method number 6 here
If The Keyboard is Frozen Along With The Computer:
It is possible that your keyboard is locked on your Windows 10 PC because your entire computer is frozen.
To unfreeze your computer Follow these steps.
Step 1: Press ctrl+alt+delete altogether.
Step 2: Now a new window should pop up. Here you will see all the running tasks.
Step 3: If any task is consuming a lot of CPU usage and you know that task like chrome, some game, etc. Then end the task now.
Note: This step should be performed carefully if you end some important task like explorer.exe or any other task that you don’t understand then it might cause problems. The safer side is just to turn off your computer with the help of the power button and then turn it on.
Conclusion: Fix the Keyboard Locked Issue On Windows 10 PC
So, these are the methods that you should apply when your Windows 10 PC or laptop keyboard is locked. After this, you should be able to type with your keyboard. If you have any suggestions or questions then please mention them in the comment section. I will be happy to help you.
Priyanka Sharma is a technical content writer at SoftAppWorld. Her keen interest is in testing different kinds of software and writing reviews about them. Her goal is to help people with software reviews and how-to guides. In her free time, she likes to create different kinds of sketches and designs. You can find her on LinkedIn