Fix: Backspace, Spacebar and Enter Keys are not working

Is your keyboard working well and you do not have any issues while using keyboard keys, including Backspace, Spacebar or Enter? If yes, you should be happy, but you can read and share this article, so anyone who can not use a keyboard properly can solve the problem.

Actually, what is a problem? Three keys Backspace, Spacebar, and Enter stopped to work or they are working from time to time. These keys are not working in Microsoft Word, Notepad, Internet browser and other applications. That means the problem is active under the operating system.

This issue is not related to specific computer or notebook, or specific operating system. There is a different reason for this problem, including faulty keyboard, the problem with driver and system configuration issues.

Did you spill water or other liquid on your keyboard? If yes, you will need to change your keyboard with new one. The faulty keyboard can not be fixed by doing any system changes.

We created 8 methods which will help you to solve your problem.

Method 1: Turn of Sticky Keys and Filter Keys

Microsoft developed a tool named Ease Of Access which makes your PC easier to use. Ease Of Access is integrated into the Windows operating system, and you will need to change some settings. We will show you how to turn off Sticky Keys on Windows 10. If you are using previous operating systems, you can follow this procedure to turn off Sticky Keys.

  1. Hold Windows logo and press R
  2. Type control panel and press Enter
  3. Filter icons by Category
  4. Choose Ease Of Access
  5. Click Choose how your keyboard works
  6. Deselect Sticky Keys under Make it easier to type
  7. Deselect Filter Keys under Make it easier to type
  8. Click Apply and then OK
  9. Test keyboard keys

Method 2: Uninstall the keyboard

Every hardware components require the driver to work properly on your computer or notebook. Sometimes, the driver can be corrupted because of the conflict between files or malware infection. In this method, we will show you how to uninstall your keyboard. You will need to access the Device Manager to uninstall your keyboard.

  1. Hold Windows logo and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter
  3. Navigate to Keyboards and select your keyboard. In our example, it is HID Keyboard Device
  4. Right-click on HID Keyboard Device and click Uninstall device
  5. Click Uninstall to uninstall your keyboard
  6. Restart your Windows
  7. Test your keyboard

Method 3: Update keyboard driver

In this method, you will need to update your current driver with the latest driver version. If the official driver is available on the vendor site you should prefer that driver. But if the driver is not available on the vendor website, you will need to update the keyboard driver through Windows update.

  1. Hold Windows logo and press R
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter
  3. Navigate to Keyboards and select your keyboard. In our example, it is HID Keyboard Device
  4. Right-click on HID Keyboard Device and click Update driver
  5. Click Search automatically for updated driver software
  6. Wait until Windows is finished updating keyboard driver
  7. Restart your Windows
  8. Test your keyboard

Method 4: Scan your hard disk for malware

 Malware can make a lot of troubles to your machine, including a problem with your keyboard. We are recommending you download and install Malwarebytes and after that scan your hard disk for malware.

Method 5: Update your Windows machine

This can be a weird solution for someone, but few users solved their issue by updating the Windows machine. The procedure for updating Windows is simple. We will show you how to check is their updates available on Windows 10.

  1. Click Start menu and type windows update
  2. Open Windows Update
  3. Under “Windows Update”, click on Check for updates
  4. Install available updates
  5. Restart your Windows
  6. Test your keyboard

Method 6: Test your keyboard on another computer or laptop

If you are using a computer and keyboard keys are not working properly, we are recommending you to test your keyboard on another computer or notebook. You can connect your keyboard using USB or P/S port. If your keyboard is not working properly on another machine, you will need to purchase another one keyboard. We are recommending you buy a keyboard with the USB cable and not P/S 2 because it is an old standard.

What will you do with a notebook keyboard? Connect a USB keyboard to your notebook and test is it working properly. If another keyboard is working without any problems, that means your current keyboard has a hardware problem and you will need to change it with a new one. If you still have a problem with a USB keyboard, you will need to do reinstall your Windows, method 7.

Before you decide to purchase a new keyboard, please check is your notebook under warranty or not. If your notebook is under warranty, the vendor will replace your keyboard for free. You will need to access the vendor website and under warranty, section checks warranty status. Also, take care when purchasing a keyboard for a notebook, because all the keyboard is not working on every machine. The keyboard you need is only compatible with your machine. You can buy a keyboard on Amazon. For example, if you want to purchase a new one keyboard for notebook HP G1 850, you will need to access the Amazon website and search for your keyboard.

Also, you can contact your local service shop and purchase a keyboard directly from them. You will need to provide a model of your notebook, serial number (s/n) and product number (p/n). Based on that they will sell you a proper keyboard for your machine.

Method 7: Reinstall your Windows

To be sure there is no system configuration issue, you should reinstall your operating system. Save all your data to USB flash drive, external hard disk, NAS (Network Attached Storage) or cloud storage, and reinstall your Windows. You can install the same Windows, or you can install Windows 7, Windows 8.x or Windows 10.


Jasmin Kahriman

Jasmin is a tech-savvy Systems Engineer with over 15 years of experience in IT infrastructure, holding multiple IT certifications including CNIP, MTA, MCP, MCSA, MCT, Server+, and Network+.