How To Unlock Keyboard On Dell Laptop

How To Unlock Keyboard On Dell Laptop

You’ve noticed that your keys aren’t working, and you’re wondering how to unlock your Dell laptop’s keyboard. Because a keyboard is a computer device in and of itself, it is destined to have issues in some fashion.

Before I show you the solutions, I’d like to explain why or what caused your Dell laptop’s keyboard to be locked.

Why Your Dell Laptop Keyboard Is Locked

The following are the possible causes of your Dell laptop keyboard being locked.

1. Fn Lock

The Fn key on your Dell laptop keyboard is a function key that allows you to modify settings or toggle functionality by pressing a combination of keys. When you drop your Dell laptop or your pet sits on your keyboard, it’s easy to lock the “Fn” key by accident.

On most keyboards, the Fn key is situated next to the Windows logo button.

2. NumLock

Num Lock is a key on the numeric keypad on your Dell keyboard that can also be referred to as a Numeric Lock.

It’s a lock key, similar to Caps Lock and Scroll Lock, that allows you to change the function of the numeric keypad on the right side of your Dell main keyboard. It’s usually indicated by an LED incorporated into the keyboard.

Using the troubleshooting procedure below, the NumLock can assist you in unlocking your Dell keyboard.

3. Outdated Keyboard Driver

A driver must be installed on your Dell laptop for each device linked to it. This is to assist your computer in comprehending and recognizing the device that is connected to it.

When a driver is not loaded properly or is obsolete, your computer may become confused and refuse to recognize the device.

When your Dell keyboard stops working, check to see if the driver is correctly installed or if it needs to be updated.

Using the troubleshooting procedure below, updating your keyboard drivers can help you unlock your keyboard.

4. Dead Batteries (Wireless Keyboard)

If you’re utilizing a wireless keyboard, this is the choice for you. When it comes to powering your Dell wireless keyboard, batteries are crucial. When your battery is dead and needs to be recharged or replaced, it can be tough to tell.

When your Dell wireless keyboard suddenly stops working, the first thing you should do is check the batteries. They need to be replaced as thieves.

5. Dead

It’s sometimes easier to just tell the truth. If you’ve tried every way to unlock your Dell keyboard and it still won’t work, you may need to accept that you have a defective keyboard.

If you drop your laptop and it spills water on your Dell keyboard, it can be damaged.

Before assuming you have a dead keyboard, I recommend you try all of the troubleshooting methods listed below.

Here’s how to fix your Dell laptop keyboard if it’s not working.

How To Unlock Keyboard On Dell Laptop

The techniques for unlocking your Dell keyboard are as follows.

1. Unlock Your Dell Fn Key

This method will assist you in unlocking your Dell keyboard by removing the Fn key.

Method 1

  1. Hold down the Fn key, which is next to the Windows logo key.
  2. Tap the Num Lock key in the upper right-hand corner of the keyboard while holding the Fn key to unlock the Fn key.

If this approach fails, press and hold the Fn and Esc keys together to unlock the Fn key.

Method 2

  1. To bring up the Dell battery monitor screen, hold down the Fn key and hit the F3 key.
  2. To eject the disk drive, press Fn and F10 at the same time.

Method 3

  1. To increase the screen’s brightness, hold down the Fn key and press the up arrow key; to reduce the screen’s brightness, hold down the Fn key and press the down arrow key.
  2. Now press one of the keys to boost or reduce the brightness to its highest or lowest setting.

Method 4

To boost the volume on your Dell laptop, press the Fn key while also pressing the Page Up key. To lower the volume, press the Page Down key.

Method 5

  1. To turn on or off the laptop’s wireless card, press and hold the F2 and Fn keys together.
  2. To put the laptop into hibernate mode, press and hold the F1 and Fn keys together.

2. Unlock Your NumLock

The techniques for unlocking your Dell keyboard are as follows. This method will assist you in unlocking your Dell keyboard by removing the Fn key.

To unlock the NumLock key,

Locate the NumLock key by your top right-hand side for your laptop keyboard. On the key is written NumLock, clicking on it should unlock the NumLock Key.

 Most times, you might need to hold Fn and the NumLock key to unlock the NumLock key.

3. Update Your Keyboard Driver

It’s possible that your keyboard driver is out of the current and needs to be updated.

To update your keyboard driver,

  1. Search for the device manager by pressing the Windows logo key.
  2. Run device manager.
  3. When it opens, look for keyboards and choose them from the drop-down menu.
  4. You’ll have to edit everything depending on how many drivers are in the drop-down list.
  5. Update one of the drivers by right-clicking on it.
  6. When prompted to choose how you want to search for your battery drivers, choose Search automatically for updated driver software.
  7. Allow Windows to look for drivers for you automatically now.
  8. Update your drivers and restart your laptop if they aren’t up to current. If not, continue to the next step.

4. Drain Your Dell Laptop Static Electricity

This procedure is highly recommended and is effective for the majority of people.

To carry out this procedure,

  1. Turn your Dell laptop off.
  2. Remove your Dell battery and unplug your Dell charger. If your laptop is using an inbuilt battery, open your laptop with a screwdriver and carefully detach the battery cable.
  3. Now press and hold the Power button for 40 to 50 seconds.
  4. Reconnect your charger and battery.
  5. Switch on your computer.

5. Replace Your Dell Keyboard

If your Dell laptop keyboard isn’t working at this stage, I recommend replacing it.

However, before you replace it, consult an expert to fully analyze your laptop and determine whether or not it actually has to be replaced.


To sum things up,

I trust you have fixed your problem by now using the procedures outlined above to unlock the keyboard on your Dell laptop.

If you’re thinking of changing your keyboard, I recommend consulting an expert first. They can correctly inspect your Dell keyboard and tell you if it has to be replaced.




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