Many Windows users are recently reporting an issue with their keyboard. What happens is their Control-C command is not working properly —  they can’t copy text after pressing the Ctrl key and C on their keyboard.

If you’re also experiencing this issue, you’re no doubt very frustrated. But don’t worry. We’ve put together some suggestions to help you fix your issue.

Try these fixes

You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Update your keyboard driver
  3. Reinstall your keyboard

Fix 1: Restart your computer

The first thing you should try to fix the Ctrl+C not working issue is to restart your computer. Usually,  a simple restarting should fix you issue. But if not, there are still other things you can try…

Fix 2: Update your keyboard driver

Your Ctrl and C key combination may not work because you’re using a wrong keyboard driver or it’s out of date. You should try updating your keyboard driver to see if this fixes your issue. 

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your keyboard driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your driver automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem driver.

  3. Click the Update button next to your keyboard to download the latest and correct driver for it, then you can manually install it. You can also click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the driver that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
If you have any issue with Driver Easy, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at for advice. You should attach the URL of this article so they can help you better.

Fix 3: Reinstall your keyboard

Your may be having this issue because your keyboard is not working properly. You should try reinstalling your keyboard on your computer. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Press the Windows logo key and R on your keyboard at the same time to invoke the Run dialog.
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc”, then press Enter on your keyboard.

  3. Double click Keyboards to expand this category, then right click your keyboard device and select Uninstall device.

  4. Click Uninstall.

  5. Close Device Manager, then restart your computer.

Your Windows system will reinstall your keyboard automatically on the startup of your computer. Then check to see if your issue is fixed.

Hopefully one of the fixes above solves your problem. If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below.

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