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Introduction

This guide demonstrates how to remove and insert a key into the laptop. This is helpful if a key is missing, needs to be removed for cleaning, or needs to replaced.

Parts

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  1. Make sure the computer is unplugged and turned off.
    • Make sure the computer is unplugged and turned off.

    • Open the laptop so that the keyboard is fully exposed.

  2. Place the plastic opening tool in the crevice near the key that needs to be removed.
    • Place the plastic opening tool in the crevice near the key that needs to be removed.

    • This works best if the tool is placed at the top of the key.

  3. Gently lever the tool downward until the key tilts upward.
    • Gently lever the tool downward until the key tilts upward.

    • At this point, move the tool around in order to completely pry the key off the keyboard. As the key is removed, small pops will be heard.

    • This step may take longer for larger keys.

    • When reinserting the key, gently press down until 2 clicks are heard (4 for larger keys).

  4. Carefully remove the key from the base.
    • Carefully remove the key from the base.

  5. If the issue is a sticky key, make sure to clean the area once it is removed.
    • If the issue is a sticky key, make sure to clean the area once it is removed.

    • Use a cotton swab with alcohol to clean the underside of the key and the key slot.

Conclusion

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

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