Keyboard Won’t Type? Here’s the Real Fix!

By April Cai  Common Errors  keyboardWindows   0 Comment

You can't type anything with your keyboard? That's really bothersome and frustrating. But don't worry, you certainly aren't the only one. We've seen many Windows users are reporting this Keyboard won't type issue. But the good news is, you can fix it. We've put together 6 solutions you can try.

Try these fixes:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Adjust your keyboard settings
  3. Uninstall your keyboard driver
  4. Update your keyboard driver
  5. Try this fix if you're using a USB keyboard
  6. Try this fix if you're using a wireless keyboard
Note: No matter you are using a USB keyboard, a wireless one or a a laptop keyboard, you can try the first four methods. If unfortunately all these four methods fail, try the fix for the exact type of keyboard you're using.

Method 1: Restart your computer

Your keyboard won't type issue could happen just because your keyboard or the system that your computer is running gets stuck somehow. Once your keyboard is not working, you can firstly restart your computer. A simple restart can always solve computer woes.

Without keyboard, you can use mouse to restart your computer.

See how to do it:

If your computer is running Windows 10, use your mouse to click the Start button, then click the power icon and select Restart.


If your computer is running Windows 7, use your mouse to click the Start button, then click the more options icon to select Restart.

Method 2: Adjust your keyboard settings

There’re some easy access keys features, like Sticky keys, help you control your keyboard better. But you may encounter some problem like this keyboard won’t type issue when you enable one or more of these keyboard features. So when your keyboard is not working, make sure you turn off the easy access keys as this method has helped many users.

Follow these steps to check out:

If your computer is running Windows 10:

  1. On the taskbar of your desktop, click the Start button. Then click the Settings icon to bring up the Settings window.

  2. Click Ease of access.

  3. Click Keyboard. Then look at the status of Use Sticky Keys, Use Toggle Keys, Use Filter Keys. If any of them is On, switch to Off. Then move onto the next step.If all of them stay Off, move onto the next method.

If your computer is running Windows 7:
  1. On the taskbar of your desktop, click the Start button, then select Control Panel.

  2. Click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Change how your keyboard works.

  4. Make sure the three items Turn on Sticky KeysTurn on Toggle Keys, and Turn on Filter Keys are unchecked.

Try to type some words using your keyboard to see if it works.

If you could type using your keyboard, great! If your keyboard keeps not typing, don’t worry, try something else below…

Method 3: Reinstall your keyboard driver

A wrong, missing or corrupted keyboard driver could also cause this problem. You can try to uninstall the keyboard driver on your computer then let Windows reinstall it automatically.

See how to do it:

  1. Open Device Manager.
    If you're using Windows 10, on the taskbar of your desktop, right-click on the Start button to select Device Manager;


    If you're using Windows 7, on the taskbar of your desktop, click the Start button, then click Control Panel. On the open window, click Device Manager when select to view by Large icons.

  2. Double-click Keyboard, then right-click on your keyboard driver software to select Uninstall device.

  3. Once you do, restart your computer. Windows should then reinstall the driver for your keyboard automatically.

Try to type some word using your keyboard to see if it works. If you type successfully, great! If you still aren’t able to type on your keyboard, don’t feel frustrated, move onto the next method.

Method 4: Update your keyboard driver

If unfortunately reinstalling your keyboard driver didn’t fix your keyboard problem, you’d better update your keyboard driver to ensure you have the correct latest one on your computer.

You can update your keyboard driver manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your keyboard, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose the only driver that’s compatible with your Windows version.

If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It 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 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 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).
    Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

Method 5: Try this fix if you're using a USB keyboard

If unfortunately, all the fixes above fails to help you and you're using a USB keyboard, You can try to connect keyboard with another USB port to check if it works as an old, shabby USB port could cause your Keyboard not to work.

Method 6: Try this fix if you're using a wireless keyboard

If unfortunately, the first four methods all fails to help you and you're using a wireless keyboard, try to reconnect the keyboard with your Windows computer.

Here's how you can do it:

  1. Remove the USB receiver from the computer.

  2. On the taskbar of your computer's desktop, click the Start button to select the power icon. Then select Shut down.

  3. Remove the batteries from your keyboard.

  4. Plug the USB receiver into a USB port.

  5. Turn on your computer. If the password is required, click the Ease of Access icon to select the On-screen Keyboard.)

  6. Put the batteries back into your keyboard.(Or you can try new batteries.)

  7. Make sure the power switch of your keyboard is On.

  8. Wait for your keyboard to pair with your computer.

Try to type some words using your keyboard to see if it works.

Hopefully this article helps you. Feel free to comment below with your own experiences.

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