• Unlike letter and number keys, some "special keys" have 2 sets of metal clips. Plus, a stabilizer holder on both sides.

  • If you notice that one of the metal clips or stabilizer holders is bent, carefully use your tweezers to bend back into an upright position.

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Check the plastic brackets for damage in these areas.
  • Check the plastic brackets for damage in these areas.

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Check the 8 main points of the key on the inside of the key for damage.
  • Check the 8 main points of the key on the inside of the key for damage.

  • Check to make sure the stabilizer (bar) is present and the 3 clips that secure it to the key are not damaged.

  • Any damage in these areas will not allow the key to stay connected to the plastic bracket which sits underneath the key.

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  • While using tweezers, remove just the actually key (top layer only) . You want to try and remove the key without also removing the plastic bracket that sits right underneath the key.

  • Try to slightly pick at the corner of the key. This helps remove the key separately from the plastic bracket.

  • Don't forget that these "special keys" have a stabilizer (bar) underneath the key.

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  • With tweezers, carefully start picking near the four corners where the 4 metal clips are securing the plastic bracket. Remember these special keys have 2 plastic brackets to remove.

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  • Line up the 2 outer corners and the bottom inner corners of the plastic bracket with the 4 metal clips connected to the palmrest.

  • Repeat this step as there are 2 plastic brackets for both shift keys, spacebar, and Alt key (left of spacebar).

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  • First line up the stabilizer ends with the stabilizer holders and slide each end through the stabilizer holders connected to the palmrest.

  • Place the key on top of the plastic bracket and press down. If both plastic brackets are on correctly and securely, the key should easily snap into place.

  • Check if the key is secure by tapping around all sides of the key. This is a good test to make sure the metal clips are properly securing the plastic bracket, the stabilizer, and making sure that the plastic bracket can hold the key correctly.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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