Introduction

This guide is for those who need to remove the keyboard, in order to replace or clean it.

Tools

Parts

Image 1/1: Turn the computer over so that you can see the battery release tab located near the top of the Thinkpad.
  • Ensure the laptop has been properly shut down and unplugged.

  • Turn the computer over so that you can see the battery release tab located near the top of the Thinkpad.

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  • Use your finger to slide the release tab to the unlocked symbol.

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  • Hold the tab in the unlocked position and push the battery away from the computer to remove it.

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Image 1/1: Ensure that the release tab is in the locked position.
  • Slide the new battery in until it clicks.

  • Ensure that the release tab is in the locked position.

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Image 1/1: These screws have a keyboard symbol next to them.
  • Use the PH1 bit screwdriver, remove five 17.0mm screws on the back of the computer.

    • These screws have a keyboard symbol next to them.

    • Make sure you keep the screws together and do not misplace any of them

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Image 1/1: Release the panel by lifting up on the outside edges just below the keyboard.
  • Turn the computer over so the keyboard is facing upwards, and open the Thinkpad.

  • Release the panel by lifting up on the outside edges just below the keyboard.

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Image 1/2: BE CAREFUL! The panel is still attached by the touchpad's data cable. Image 2/2: Detach the connecter by pulling up on the white tab.
  • Gently pull the panel away from the computer.

    • BE CAREFUL! The panel is still attached by the touchpad's data cable.

  • Detach the connecter by pulling up on the white tab.

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  • Using your fingers, lift the front edge of the keyboard until you can see the wire connecting it.

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Image 1/1: The keyboard will no longer be attached and can now be fully removed.
  • Gently pull up on the connecter to disconnect the keyboard.

  • The keyboard will no longer be attached and can now be fully removed.

  • Take the replacement keyboard and push the new connector tab back into place.

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Image 1/2: Lower the rest of the keyboard back into place so it lies flat against the computer's shell. Image 2/2: Lower the rest of the keyboard back into place so it lies flat against the computer's shell.
  • Line up keyboard and place back into the position, make sure it is lined up with the back first.

  • Lower the rest of the keyboard back into place so it lies flat against the computer's shell.

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  • Push in white tab to reconnect the touch pad panel.

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  • Push in touch pad panel back into place by lining it up starting from the bottom and pushing it down until it fits back into place.

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  • Close laptop.

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Image 1/1: Put back all the screws, make sure they are in tightly.
  • Flip the laptop over so that the side with the screws is facing up.

  • Put back all the screws, make sure they are in tightly.

  • The new keyboard is now in securely.

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Conclusion

Once these steps are completed, the keyboard will be fully replaced.

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