How do I remove the keys on a keyboard?

Note: This document is for traditional computer keyboards and not laptop keyboards. If you're trying to remove a laptop keyboard see removing keyboard key and keycap steps.

Caution: Before removing any of the keyboard keys unplugged it from the computer or turn off the computer. We also suggest not removing the space bar key unless absolutely necessary since many keyboards use a retention spring that can be very difficult or impossible to put back into place.

Removing keyboard keyMany people need to do this when they need to clean the key itself or get below the key to clean it. This is often necessary especially when a drink is spilt in the keyboard.

Removing a standard keyboard key is simple. Start by pressing down on the key in front of the key you want to remove and insert a flat object such as a car key as shown in the picture or a small flathead screw driver below the key. Once below the key twist it or push down until the key pops off. If you want to remove more than one key, repeat this process until all keys are removed.

Hair, dust, dirt, and food under keyboard keyOnce the key has been removed you'll notice the hair, dust, dirt, and food particles under the key as shown in the picture. This substance can be removed with compressed air, damp cloth, or cotton swabs.

If you're removing the key because a substance such as pop was spilt into the keyboard make sure to not only clean below the key but also the shaft that holds the key and the bottom of the key.

Once everything has been cleaned position the key back into the normal position and snap it back into place by pressing in on the key.

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