Enter key, also known as Return key, is often used to start a new line or paragraph. With Enter key, you can finish an “entry” and begin a desired process quickly, instead of clicking the OK button all the time.
If you run into the Enter key not working problem, you will suddenly realize how important the Enter key is, especially when you’re dealing with words. But don’t get panic, for it’s not hard to fix at all…
Try these fixes
This issue occurs for different reasons, including faulty keyboard drivers and system configuration issues, etc. Whatever the cause is, you can solve this problem with the fixes below, which have helped many people resolve the Enter key not working problem.
- Restart your computer
- Reinstall the keyboard driver
- Update the keyboard driver
- Adjust your keyboard settings
Fix 1: Restart your computer
Sometimes, a simple reboot can fix the issue. This is the first thing you should try when the Enter key is not working.
If you’re using a laptop, you can try removing the battery and keeping the power button pressed for 30 seconds or more. After that, install the battery and turn on your laptop to see if the Enter key works now.
Luckily, it will resolve your problem all at once, and you don’t need to worry about it anymore. If the Enter key is still not working, you should try Fix 2 below.
Fix 2: Reinstall the keyboard driver
The Enter key may not work if you are using the wrong keyboard driver or it’s out of date. To fix it, you can try reinstalling the keyboard driver with Device Manager.
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key + R at the same time, type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager.
2) Double click Keyboards, right click your keyboard device and select Uninstall device.
3) After uninstalling, restart your computer to let Windows reinstall the keyboard driver automatically.
4) Check if the Enter key is working.
Your Enter key should be working perfectly again now. If not, you can try the next fix below.
Fix 3: Update the keyboard driver
If reinstalling the keyboard driver doesn’t work, you should update your keyboard driver to see if it fixes your problem. There are two ways you can update your keyboard driver:
Option 1: Manually
You can go to the manufacturer’s website of your keyboard, find exactly the right driver, download it and install it step by step.
Option 2: Automatically (Recommended)
If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers 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 drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and it comes with a 30-day money back guarantee):
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 drivers.
3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers 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).
4) Restart your computer to take effect.
Try the Enter key again to see if it works. If so, then congrats! If the issue remains, please move on to the next fix.
Fix 4: Adjust your keyboard settings
The Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys and Filter Keys enable your keyboard easier to type. However, sometimes they cause problems, and the Enter key not working is one of them. To fix it, you need to turn off these features. Here is how to do it:
1. For Windows 10 and 8:
1) Type Ease of Access in the Search box, then select Ease of Access keyboard settings.
2) Make sure the status of Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys and Filter Keys are all set to Off. If any one of them is on, switch it to Off.
3) Test the Enter key on your keyboard to see if it works.
2. For Windows 7:
1) Type ease in the Search box, and select Ease of Access Center.
2) In the Explore all settings section, click Make the keyboard easier to use.
3) Make sure the boxes next to Turn on Sticky Keys, Turn on Toggle Keys and Turn on Filter Keys are all unchecked. If any one of them is turned on, dis-select it and click Apply and then OK.
4) Test the Enter key to see if the issue still persists.
Did the fixes above successfully solve your Enter key not working issue? If not, you can try updating your Windows. But if these all fail, then it’s very likely a hardware failure problem which might be better left with professional hands.
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