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Introduction

A guide showing how to disassemble and clean a Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard.

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    • A guide showing how to disassemble and clean a Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard.

    • You will need a spudger to remove the keys. An IC mounting tool can be helpful in replacing them.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pop the keys off the keyboard.

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    • Wider keys will have a retaining bar, take note of how they come off to make reassembly easier.

    • Continue removing keys.

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    • Remove the 10 screws from the bottom of the keyboard.

    • Remove the upper button assembly.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to push the upper button assembly buttons out from the back.

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    • Remove the flexible keypad from the key caddy assembly.

    • The key caddies can be washed in the sink.

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    • The keys can also be washed.

    • Remove the metal retaining clips before washing to prevent rust.

Conclusion

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

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Thank you so much! I had never done this before and was very confused by the retaining bar.

Des Blackoak - Reply

I’ve had this keyboard since it was released and it just recently started having key sticking issues, so I opted to follow this guide and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. Thank you for this and I hope to get another 15 years out of it.

Suggestions:

1) Instead of manually cleaning, put the keys into a clear mesh bag and into the dish washer or washing machine.

2) Spray metal retainer bars with WD-40 and wipe off to help further prevent rust.

3) Let the keys and caddies sun dry for the day to ensure they do not retain any water after cleaning.

Thomas K - Reply

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