Is it possible to fix a broken keyboard key?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

It is possible to fix a broken keyboard key, even if you don’t have a keycap replacement kit. One option is to use super glue or epoxy to reattach the broken key.

To begin, it’s important to clean the area around the broken key before applying any adhesive. Use rubbing alcohol or a similar cleaning solution to remove any dirt, dust, or residue that may be present. This step is crucial to ensure a strong bond between the key and the keyboard.

Once the area is clean, you can proceed with the gluing process. Apply a small amount of super glue or epoxy to the plunger of the new key. Be careful not to use too much glue, as it may spread and cause the key to stick or become difficult to press.

After applying the adhesive, firmly press the new key into place, aligning it with the surrounding keys. Hold it in place for a few seconds to allow the glue or epoxy to bond properly. It’s important to exercise caution during this step to ensure that the key is aligned correctly and securely attached.

Once the adhesive has dried and the key is firmly in place, test it to ensure it is functioning properly. Press the key several times to check for any sticking or resistance. If it feels loose or unstable, you may need to reapply the adhesive or consider other repair options.

It’s worth noting that this method is a temporary fix and may not provide a long-term solution. The adhesive may wear off over time, especially with frequent use, and the key may break again. In such cases, it’s advisable to invest in a keycap replacement kit or consider replacing the entire keyboard if multiple keys are damaged.

While it is possible to fix a broken keyboard key without a keycap replacement kit, using super glue or epoxy can be a temporary solution. It’s important to clean the area thoroughly, apply the adhesive carefully, and ensure the key is securely attached before testing its functionality.