One of the most important parts of a computer is the keyboard. Combined with the mouse, it allows you to navigate the programs easily. If you have a computer, like a Dell computer, you will find that your keyboard can sometimes be locked. There are a lot of reasons for this. There might not be enough memory in your hard drive, or a virus could have caused your keyboard to be locked or frozen. You may also trigger the keyboard lock function if you accidentally type in a series of random keys. If this happens, don't worry, there is still hope for you to remedy the problem. There are a number of ways to unlock your Dell keyboard, and the article below will give you several ideas. Read on to know more about unlocking your keyboard.
- Check the Lock keys in your keyboard. Before panicking and deeming your keyboard not useful, check first if the “NumLock” or “Function Lock” keys are lighted. These usually render certain parts of the keyboard locked. Make sure that these are not activated before you proceed with the next steps. These keys are found at the upper right part of the keyboard, so check them out first and make sure that the keys are not lit.
- Back-up and restart. Assuming that your mouse is still working, use your mouse to save all current work. Close all running programs and try restarting your computer. If your mouse is not functional as well, or the cursor has frozen, find the Dell power button and press it until the computer shuts down. Press the button again to restart the computer. Sometimes, your mouse and keyboard will work perfectly after you have restarted your computer.
- Remove the power source. If restarting does not work, consider shutting down your computer and unplugging it from the socket. Let your Dell computer rest for a while before switching it on again. If you are using a laptop, remove the battery from the unit. The battery pack is located underneath the laptop. A battery release latch holds it in place. Slide this latch and remove the battery from your laptop. Let the laptop cool for a few minutes before reattaching the battery and turning on your laptop again.
- Remove the keyboard. If these still don't work, try shutting down your Dell computer, disconnecting the keyboard from the CPU and letting it rest for a bit. Restart the computer and reattach the keyboard after your computer system has done its initial boot. You will be prompted to install the keyboard again. Install your keyboard as soon as the system detects it.
If the above steps don't work, then you might need to replace your
keyboard. There are cheaper alternatives to a Dell keyboard if it is not
within your budget. Simply look around in office supply shops and you
will find one that will work for you and your budget. Take good care of
your keyboard all the time. If you spilled water or food on it, clean it
up immediately and air it out to dry.