There are times when the keyboard on your Windows 10 computer may get locked accidentally or due to a technical glitch. A locked keyboard can disrupt your workflow and become frustrating if you are not aware of how to unlock it. Thankfully, unlocking a keyboard on Windows 10 is relatively easy. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through some simple methods to unlock your keyboard and get back to work.
Method 1: Check the Physical Lock Key
Some keyboards, especially those on laptops, may have a physical key that locks and unlocks the keyboard. This key is usually labeled with a lock icon or the phrase “Lock/Unlock.” If you find this key on your keyboard, press it to unlock your keyboard.
Method 2: Use the Function Key (Fn) + Num Lock/Scroll Lock
On some laptops, the keyboard may become locked due to the activation of Num Lock or Scroll Lock. To unlock the keyboard in such cases, follow these steps:
- Locate the Fn (Function) key on your keyboard.
- Press and hold the Fn key.
- While holding the Fn key, press the Num Lock or Scroll Lock key (whichever is applicable).
- Release both keys and check if your keyboard is unlocked.
Method 3: Restart Your Computer
Sometimes, the simplest solution to unlock your keyboard is to restart your computer. This can help resolve any temporary glitches or issues with the keyboard. To restart your Windows 10 computer, follow these steps:
- Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your keyboard.
- Select the Power icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Click on Restart.
Method 4: Update or Reinstall Keyboard Drivers
Outdated or corrupted keyboard drivers can cause your keyboard to lock. To update or reinstall your keyboard drivers, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager.
- Expand the Keyboards category.
- Right-click on your keyboard device and select Update driver.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the prompts.
- If updating the driver doesn’t work, you can try reinstalling the driver by right-clicking on your keyboard device and selecting Uninstall device. Then, restart your computer, and Windows will automatically reinstall the driver.
With these simple methods, you can quickly unlock your keyboard on Windows 10 and get back to work. If you are still facing issues with your keyboard, reach out to the manufacturer’s support or visit a local technician for further assistance.