How to type effectively on a faulty keyboard

A few days ago while using my 1-year-old DELL Inspiron 1420 notebook, the alphabet letter ‘L’ seemed stuck and there’s just no way I could press on it. Image by striatic.

It feels as if there’s something stuck underneath the keypad which is stopping it from being pressed.

It’s really annoying because there’s just no way I could type the letter ‘L’. The only thing I could think of is to replace ‘l’ with ‘1’. Hopefully people just wont notice it.

I was thinking to myself, I need to report this to DELL about this tomorrow.

The next day, something strange happened! The letter ‘L’ can be pressed on but not the number ‘0’ (zero). So I thought, well it’s ok since I seldom type on zeroes anyway. I didn’t call DELL and continue working on the notebook as usual.

But on the following day, the zero keypad worked but not the letter ‘O’!

Arggh….. this is really super annoying. Now, even as I’m writing today’s post, I’m struggling to type effectively. Although it’s still possible to type the letter ‘O’, I’ve got to press it really hard for like 2 seconds before it appears.

Luckily after calling DELL, they have agreed to fix it for me since the machine is still under warranty. The technician will drop by tomorrow.

I’m now thinking, if this happened to my notebook, it could happen to yours too. For now I could still type in the letter ‘O’ (Ouch my fingers hurt right now). But what if there’s really no way to get the letter to appear no matter how hard you hit on to the keypad?

There must be a solution! Well, I know of 2 solutions to a faulty keyboard:

1. Plug in an external USB Keyboard.

With an external keyboard, you should be able to type normally without any problems. You’ll just need some extra desk space to place the keyboard.

But what if you currently don’t have an external keyboard with you and there’s a real urgent email that you need to reply to ASAP?

2. Use the Windows On Screen Keyboard.

To start an On Screen Keyboard, simply click on:

Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard


Start Menu > On Start Search, type in keyboard, then Enter

With the on-screen keyboard, you can just click on the letters which aren’t working and still get your task done. Just a little bit more time required to click on each letter one by one. Definitely not as fast as typing on the keyboard.

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Overall, losing full access to a keyboard can affect our productivity.

After my keyboard gets fixed tomorrow, I’m sure I’ll start  to appreciate my keyboard even more.

Have you ever encountered such a disability before?

About the author

Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

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