11 Tips To Fix Windows 11 Keyboard Problem – [SOLVED]


If your keyboard in Windows 11 isn’t working, you’ll need to diagnose the issue. You won’t be able to use your computer correctly if your keyboard stops working. Whether you’re playing a game, producing a document, or simply searching through your files, your keyboard must function properly. 

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11 Tips To Fix Windows 11 Keyboard Issues

[1] – Reconnect The Keyboard

If you have an external keyboard attached to your Windows 11 computer, make sure it’s working. If you’re using a wired keyboard, make sure it’s connected properly by unplugging it and plugging it back in.

 
NOTE: You should hear the USB “chime” if it’s working.
 

If it doesn’t work, the problem might be with the USB port, so switch it out.

 
NOTE: Adapters can also be troublesome, so if you’re using a USB-C to USB-A adapter, for example, you should try a different adaptor to rule it out.
 

[2] – Repair Bluetooth Keyboard

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and that you can connect to your device in the Settings menu if you’re using a wireless keyboard. Manually detaching and rejoining your device might be used to fix a connection.

To turn on the Bluetooth:

  1. Go to the Start menu and select “Settings.
  2. then “Bluetooth & devices”.
  3. First, turn on Bluetooth to connect the device.

If it is, but Windows does not detect it, try pairing it again to see if it works.

To Pair your Bluetooth Keyboard:

  • Press “Add device” and then follow the on-screen instructions.

[3] – Restart your PC/Laptop

If your PC keyboard appears to be correctly attached, another simple solution is to restart your computer.

 
NOTE: Restarting a computer is a basic troubleshooting procedure that can resolve a variety of computer problems.
 

A window should “rediscover” the USB port and install the proper keyboard drivers on the restart.

 
NOTE: Wireless keyboards should be treated the same way.
 

To restart your Windows 11:

  1. Right-click the Start button
  2. choose “Shut down or sign out
  3. Then “Restart“.

windows 11 restart

[4] – Check Secondary Keyboard

It’s possible that the keyboard is the source of the issue. To rule out this possibility, you might want to use an alternative keyboard.

If you try another keyboard (in the same USB port) and it works, the issue is very certainly with the keyboard. If the keyboard isn’t working, there’s a problem with the system. For example, device drivers might be missing.

[5] – Disable Filter Keys

The Filter Keys setting should also be checked (especially on laptops). It’s possible that you unintentionally activated it. If it’s turned on, the keyboard won’t operate as it should.

To check if the Filter keys setting is activated:

  1. Go to “Start“.
  2. Then “Settings“.
  3. Then “Accessibility“.
  4. Scroll down to the “Accessibility” section and click “Keyboard“.

windows 11 filter keys

Check that the “Filter Keys” option is disabled. It might be a glitch in it’s previously turned off, so turn it on and off again to reset it.

[6] – Update Keyboard Drivers

It’s recommended to check the device’s drivers depending on the keyboard you have, to perform properly, certain sophisticated keyboards require third-party manufacturer drivers.

 
NOTE: Faulty (or absent) drivers can affect even the most basic keyboards.
 
  1. Right-click the “Start” menu (or use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut)
  2. Then pick “Device Manager” from the menu.
    windows 11 keyboard driver update
  3. When the Device Manager appears, scroll down to the Keyboard area and expand it.
  4. To check for updates, right-click the keyboard you wish to check and select “Update driver“.

[7] – Troubleshoot With Manufacturer Software

Specialized software is included with keyboards from firms like Logitech. Manufacturer software frequently includes a troubleshooting component to assist you in resolving issues.

If you’re lacking drivers then you can update them using the manufacturer’s app.

 
NOTE: The same goes for connectivity problems, which are addressed with step-by-step instructions.
 

When you’re ready, make sure your keyboard software is up to date, double-check any settings, and use any accessible troubleshooting tools if they’re available.

[8] – Run Keyboard Troubleshoot

The Keyboard Troubleshooter is another Windows utility you may utilize.

To use the keyboard troubleshooter:

  1. Go to “Settings“.
  2. Then “System“.
  3. Scroll down to “Troubleshoot“, and click it.
    windows 11 keyboard troublshooter
  4. Click “Other Troubleshooters” on the following screen.
    other troubleshooter
  5. Then, next to the “Keyboard” entry, scroll down and select the “Run option“.
    windows 11 keyboard option run

The troubleshooting process starts and can discover and repair keyboard issues.

keyboard troubleshoot completed

[9] – Turn off Fast Startup

The Windows Fast Startup function might help you speed up your PC’s startup time. However, it may cause issues with peripheral devices such as your keyboard receiving electricity.

To turn Fast Startup off:

  1. Go to the “Start” menu, type the control panel, and select the top option.
  2. Select “Power Options“.
    windows 11 power options
  3. Click on the “Choose what the power button does” option.
    choose what the power button does
  4. Now, at the top, click the “Change settings that are presently inaccessible” option.
  5. Remove the checkmark next to “Turn on quick startup (recommended)” and click the “Save changes” button.

[10] – Try System File Checker

It’s possible that the problem is with the Windows file system.

SFC (System File Checker) is a Windows application that looks for damaged system files on your local disc. It replaces corrupted Windows files with functional ones from the directory cache to guarantee that the PC runs smoothly.

To run System File Checker:

  1. Right-click the “Start” button and select “Windows Terminal” from the drop-down menu (Admin).
  2. If UAC appears, select Yes.
  3. Enter the following command and press OK: sfc /scannow 

The scan might take some time like a few minutes.

windows sfc scan

 
NOTE: When it’s finished, restart your computer and check to see whether your keyboard works.
 

[11] – Run DSIM Scan

If the SFC scan fails to resolve the issue, do a DISM (Deployment Image Service and Management) scan. This performs the same function as the SFC scan, except it replaces corrupt files obtained from Microsoft servers.

  • Run the following command from PowerShell:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

windows 11 dism scan

How Can I Turn On The Keyboard On My Windows 11 Laptop?

Go to Device Manager, click on Keyboards in Device Manager, right-click your keyboard name, and select Uninstall device. Your keyboard will be enabled again after restarting your Windows 11 laptop.

How To Fix The Touch Keyboard On Windows 11?

Launch Settings and go to System > Tablet > Change extra tablet settings to correct it. Select the option “Show the touch keyboard when no keyboard is attached”. Enter Tablet Mode now, and perhaps the issue will be resolved.

Why Isn’t My Laptop’s Keyboard Working Properly?

For a variety of causes, including third-party software or a power issue, your device drivers may be misbehaving. To test whether your keyboard is fixed, uninstall and reinstall the drivers. Change the settings or update the keyboard drivers. 

How Can I Reset My keyboard On Windows 11?

In Windows 11, go to “Settings > Time & Language” to modify your keyboard settings. You may alter or add additional keyboard layouts for your preferred input languages, return your keyboard settings to default, and so on. You may modify the default input method using the Advanced keyboard settings.

Conclusion

Repairing windows 11 malfunctioning keyboard is a simple step-by-step procedure that only involves a few tools, patience, and some technical knowledge. If your Windows 11 keyboard isn’t operating properly, follow the instructions above to troubleshoot.

Firas Sameer

This is me Firas Sameer the founder of Dealing With Windows, I am a computer and telecommunication engineer with over 14 years of experience, I love helping people and I love spending some of my free time posting useful articles for free about Microsoft windows.

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