If your Windows PC refuses to let you type, it might have been accidentally locked. You can check your device’s settings because some keyboards have built-in locking features that may be turned on or off from the settings menu. Also, check if any keys are locked due to the laptop’s physical lock. Additionally, you can reset your keyboard,, as this may unlock your keyboard. This post will share how you can unlock a locked keyboard on Windows 11/10.
Keyboard Is Locked; How to Unlock a Locked Keyboard
Given below are four detailed solutions to resolve the issue of a locked keyboard:
- Check Keyboard Connection (Bluetooth and Wired)
- Run Keyboard Troubleshooter
- Turn off Filter Keys
- Check Your Keyboard
- Turn Off Fn Lock
Make sure to check if the locked keyboard issue is resolved or does not exist anymore after trying each of these methods.
1] Check Keyboard Connection (Bluetooth and Wired)
In this method, you must check your keyboard’s connection, whether Bluetooth or wired. Here is how you can check your keyboard’s connection:
Bluetooth: If you use a Bluetooth keyboard, ensure the USB dongle that connects to the keyboard is firmly positioned in the USB port. If you want a new start, try completely disconnecting the keyboard before reconnecting the keyboard to the computer.
If it is connected to a Laptop or PC Bluetooth, you can unpair it from Bluetooth settings and reconnect.
Wired: If you use a wired keyboard, check if the plug is inserted fully into the USB port and the part connecting to the keyboard is undamaged. The keyboard should be entirely disconnected and then reconnected, as this is the best course of action to check for any persisting issues.
If you are using a wired keyboard, please ensure that the plug is firmly inserted into the USB port and that the connection between the keyboard and the plug is intact. To check for any persistent issues, it’s best to disconnect the keyboard entirely and then reconnect it.
2] Run Keyboard Troubleshooter
In this method, you can run the keyboard troubleshooter via Windows Settings, which will automatically fix any existing keyboard issues. You can follow the on-screen instructions and run the troubleshooter to unlock your keyboard.
For information on how to perform this function, check out how to run the keyboard troubleshooter via Windows Settings.
3] Turn off Filter Keys
Windows has an option called Filter Keys that allows you to ignore repeated keys or reduces the keyboard repeat rate. Pressing the right Shift key for 8 seconds turns it on or off. A short message will appear on the screen, and you will hear a beep.
Your keyboard may not be functioning if you unintentionally enabled Filter Keys. To restore functionality, you can also turn off the filter keys via Windows Settings. Here is how you turn off the Filter Keys via Settings:
- Open Windows Settings and click the Accessibility option on the left pane. Next, scroll down and click Keyboard.
- On the next page, locate the Filter keys option and check whether the toggle button is on. If so, you can toggle the button off to turn off the Filter keys that lock your PC’s keyboard.
4] Check Your Keyboard
A computer keyboard may get locked due to worn-out wires, damaged keys, or physical damage. So, you need to replace the keyboard if such is the case. You can also try cleaning your keyboard, as it may accumulate dust or other waste particles, which may cause your keyboard to get locked.
5] Turn Off the Fn Lock
If you are experiencing issues only with the Function row, it is possible that the Fn key lock is the cause. This can happen if the Fn key is pressed along with another key. To resolve the issue, simply press (Fn + Esc) to turn off the Fn key lock. However, do note that the unlocking combination may differ depending on the model of your device.
In case all the keys on your keyboard are locked, there are four methods mentioned in this article that you can try out. If none of these methods work, it may indicate that it’s time for you to invest in a new keyboard or seek assistance from a professional to fix your PC.