If you notice your keyboard only doing shortcuts, it’s possible that a key is stuck and you should check out all the keys. If the issue persists, you should run the Keyboard troubleshooter, update the keyboard driver, disable Sticky Keys and Filter Keys, check for Windows update, … Read to the end to learn what must be done to bring your keyboard back to normal.
Keyboard Doing Shortcuts All The Time: Suspects
For your information, over time, many things may accumulate under the keys of your keyboard and cause them to get stuck if left unaddressed. If you don’t clean your keyboard from time to time, keyboard only doing shortcuts is one of the consequences. On the bright side, if a stuck key is the root of the problem, you don’t have to do much.
Generally speaking, it’s not uncommon for Windows to bug out all of a sudden and mess up the operation of peripherals like keyboards. Hence, once it comes to keyboard only doing shortcuts, you should take bugs into account.
In layman’s terms, computers cannot manage devices directly and need to rely on drivers as intermediaries. Unsurprisingly, if their drivers run into trouble (corruption, obsolescence, etc), devices could go haywire and keyboard is not an exception.
Sticky Keys And Filter Keys
All in all, quite a few Windows users find Sticky Keys and Filter Keys helpful but like other features, they may create trouble on occasions. Unable to type normally using your keyword? In that case, it’s a good idea to give Sticky Keys and Filter Keys some thought.
From time to time, Windows receives updates that patch bugs, refine features and so on. If you neglect Windows updates, your version of Windows would soon become obsolete. The obsolescence of Windows could prevent peripherals from working as expected.
How To Address The Issue
Check Out All The Keys
In the beginning, you should inspect and examine all the keys on your keyboard, especially those that make up popular shortcuts (Alt, Shift, Ctrl…). If you come across a stuck key, proceed to unstuck it. Usually, you could unstuck keys by pulling them but depending on the model of keyboard, you need tools. Regardless, refrain from using excessive force as keyboard is a silicate.
Run The Keyboard Troubleshooter
- Step 1: Open Start menu, hit the cog icon, click Update & Security then pick Troubleshoot.
- Step 3: Select Additional troubleshooters, choose Keyboard and hit Run the troubleshooter.
- Step 3: If the troubleshooter manages to offer a fix after the troubleshooting finishes, hit Apply this fix.
- Step 4: Restart your computer.
- Step 5: When the screen comes back on, test out your keyboard.
- Step 1: Right-click Start menu then pick Device Manager.
- Step 2: Expand Keyboards, right-click your keyboard and pick Update driver.
- Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Step 4: Restart your computer the moment the update completes.
- Step 5: Restart your computer.
Note: Depending on the situation, you must update the keyboard driver manually.
- Step 1: Launch your web browser, visit the official website of the manufacturer of your keyboard and download the latest keyboard driver.
- Step 2: Right-click the downloaded driver setup then pick Run as administrator.
- Step 3: Follow onscreen instructions, let the update run from start to finish and restart your computer.
Disable Sticky Keys And Filter Keys
- Step 1: Open Start menu then hit Control Panel.
- Step 2: Change View by to Category, select Ease of Access and choose Ease of Access Centre.
- Step 3: Hit Make the keyboard easier to use, uncheck the checkboxes next to Turn on Sticky Keys as well as Turn on Filter Keys, click Apply and pick OK.
- Step 4: Restart your computer.
- Step 5: Type something using your keyboard and determine whether the issue persists.
Check For Windows Updates
- Step 1: Open Settings, select Update & Security then choose Check for updates in Windows Update.
- Step 2: If an update for Windows is available, download and install it.
- Step 3: Restart your computer.
Note: You recently updated Windows? Then it’s highly likely that the new Windows update is the one responsible for keyboard only doing shortcuts. To restore the operation of your keyboard, you have no choice but to uninstall the latest update.
- Step 1: Open Settings, select Update & Security then choose View update history in Windows Update.
- Step 2: Hit Uninstall updates, right-click the latest updates and pick Uninstall.
- Step 3: Restart your computer once the uninstallation wraps up.
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