How to Unstick a Stuck Space Key on Logitech Wave Keyboard
Is your spacebar sticking on your keyboard?
Monday, May 24, 2010
So my Logitech Wave Pro keyboard was working just fine, then all of a sudden the Space bar key got stuck in the down position. It actually happened while cleaning the keyboard and it's keys (although to be honest, at the time it happened I didn't completely realize the reason why the key was getting stuck.)
At first I tried pulling the Space key up with my fingers, when that didn't work I went caveman on the key and started hitting it hard with my fingers to see if the key would pop back up. Unfortunately, both attempts where not successful, so I started to think that the Space key was broken. I was actually ready to give Logitech a call in the morning to see if the wireless keyboard could be replaced for a new one, since it was still under warranty.
However, luckily I came up with better solution that worked for me and I was able to fix the stuck Space key. Simply by using a fairly stiff piece of paper (or try using a thin flexible metal bookmark, or credit card) that fit in snuggly inbetween the keyboard crack, I was able to unstick the key that had been locked in the down position. Here's the steps to take to unstick a stuck keyboard key:
- To start, just to be on the safe side, I would unplug the keyboard from your computer (or turn it off, if it's a wireless keyboard)
- Now get a stiff piece of paper that is fairly thin (like a business card or a bookmark).
- Gently stick the business card in between the cracks of the stuck key(s) on the keyboard and work your way around. The card should fit fairly snug in between the cracks, so you can pull the key up as you move the card around. If paper doesn't work, try using a metal bookmark or credit card.
- In my case, dust or debris had gotten jammed in the crack when the space key was pushed down initially, so I needed to free the debris from the crack in order for the Spacebar key to release.
- After working the card around you will have hopefully loosened the debris and unstuck the key.
- Once you unstick the key, I would turn the keyboard on its side and blow into the cracks to try and get any loose dust out that may still be in the cracks out of the keyboard.
- Plug your keyboard back in, and you should be back in business!
Another, option you may want to try is get a can of compressed air (compressed air keyboard cleaner kit) to help blow out any dust between the cracks of your keyboard in order to help unstick any keys that have gotten stuck.