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Keyboard shortcuts not working in Windows 10? Here’s how to fix it

Follow these easy steps to fix dysfunctional keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.

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Keyboard shortcuts are an easy and efficient way to save time while you’re working on your PC. They come in very handy especially when you’re editing a document or a multimedia file. It can be really arduous to go back to using the mouse if the keyboard shortcuts stop functioning. In this article, we show you how to fix keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.

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Table of Contents

Run the Troubleshooter

Step 1: Open Settings from the Start menu.

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Step 2: Select ‘Update and Security’.

Step 2: Select ‘Update and Security’.

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Step 3: Select ‘Troubleshoot’ from the left menu and then click on ‘Additional Troubleshooters’.

Step 3: Select ‘Troubleshoot’ from the left menu and then click on ‘Additional Troubleshooters’.

Step 4: Select ‘Keyboard’ from the ‘Find and fix other problems’ section and run the troubleshooter.

Step 4: Select ‘Keyboard’ from the ‘Find and fix other problems’ section and run the troubleshooter.

The troubleshooter will scan any problems related to your keyboard and come up with a solution.

Check if Sticky Keys are enabled

If the key combinations for shortcuts are not working, check if Sticky Keys are enabled on your desktop.

Step 1: Open Settings from the Start menu and go to ‘Ease of Access’.

Step 1: Open Settings from the Start menu and go to ‘Ease of Access’.

Step 2: Scroll down on the left menu and select Keyboard from the Interaction section.

Step 3: Turn the toggle bar on for Sticky Keys.

Step 3: Turn the toggle bar on for Sticky Keys.

Connect your keyboard to a different USB Port

If you’re facing difficulty using keyboard shortcuts on your desktop, it may be because due to a faulty USB port. All you need to do is detach the keyboard and plug it into another USB port. You can also try cleaning the USB port you’re currently using and reconnecting the keyboard.

Clean your keyboard

It is common for some keys to stop working when dirt accumulates under them. You can read our complete guide to cleaning a mechanical keyboard here and follow the instructions to clean your keyboard.

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These are some of the easy ways to fix keyboard shortcuts not working in Windows 10. You can also try restarting your PC. Updating your keyboard drivers may also work, but this step is only recommended when the keyboard doesn’t work in its entirety. You can also try plugging in another keyboard to check if the issue lies with your keyboard or Windows.

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