Where can I find a replacement for a keyboard key?
Whether you've lost, broken or worn out a key or keycap on a keyboard you have a few options. The solutions range in price and difficulty, so we recommend checking out each section. However, if you already know which solution you'd like to go with, select it from the list below and follow the instructions.
For the most part, the fastest and most efficient way to remedy the problem is to visit an online retailer. If you have a desktop, it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to locate single keys and will probably need to replace it with a purchase from Amazon. For laptop computers, places like Laptop-keys.com have a very wide selection.
Contacting the manufacturer
In some instances, you can contact the keyboard manufacturer or, if it's a laptop the laptop manufacturer for a replacement. Unfortunately, in almost all situations it's necessary to replace the keyboard since most manufacturers do not have single keys available for purchase. However, many laptop companies offer keyboard key kits, which contain many of the parts necessary to fix their keyboards.
Swap keyboard keys
If the manufacturer does not have replacement keys or kits available, and there is a keyboard key that you don't frequently use, consider swapping them it. You can exchange any two keys that are the same size. For example, if your "H" key were sticking or lost, you could replace it the Windows menu key.
Contact local repair shops
Local computer repair shops often replace and fix keyboards on laptops. It's possible that they may have spare broken keyboards that they'd be willing to let you have or use for spare keys. Additionally, many keyboards and other spare parts are sold on eBay and other auction sites, check these pages for replacements.
If this is a laptop key, keycap, or key component, make sure you're getting a key or keyboard that is compatible with your model of laptop. There are dozens of different laptop keyboards and they are not all compatible with each other.
Sticker worn down on keys
If you need to replace a key because it's worn out, consider purchasing a keyboard sticker set instead of replacing the key entirely. These are available in most computer retail stores and online stores.