Have you ever encountered that your keyboard is not typing when you turn on your laptop? Well, this is not something unusual for laptop users. This issue mostly occurs when your keyboard is locked. If you accidentally locked your keyboard on your laptop, you may not be able to use your PC unless you unlock it again. If the keyboard doesn’t type, then you will have to unlock it first. If you don’t know how to lock or unlock a keyboard on Windows 11, this article will help you.

How to Fix a Keyboard That’s Locked or Won’t Type

This article will be your guide to help you lock or unlock a keyboard in Windows 11

How to Unlock Keyboard that Won't Type on Windows 11

Lock Or Unlock A Keyboard On Windows 11

There are two ways to lock or unlock a keyboard on Windows 11. You can do so through the lock keyboard shortcut or by turning on or off the filter keys. 

Lock Or Unlock Through Keyboard Shortcut

Most laptops come with a lock key on their keyboard. The lock key on your keyboard will generally be on the F-keys at the top. Simply press the Fn + Lock key on your keyboard to unlock the keyboard. This will unlock the keyboard if it is already locked. Again, press the Fn + Lock key on your keyboard to lock the keyboard.

This key may or may not be present on the keyboard of your laptop. This method may work on your Windows 11 laptop. If this key is not present on your laptop, you can move to the next method to lock or unlock the keyboard. 

Turn On Or Off Filter Keys On Windows 11

Another thing that you can try doing is turning on or off the filter keys on Windows 11. You can do so by following the steps given below-

  • Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows + I key combo on your PC. 
  • In the Settings app, head to the Accessibility tab from the left sidebar. 
  • Here, on the right side, click on the Keyboard. 

Keyboard Won’t Type? Here’s How To Lock Or Unlock A Keyboard On Windows 11

  • You will see an option for Filter keys on the next screen. 

Keyboard Won’t Type? Here’s How To Lock Or Unlock A Keyboard On Windows 11

  • If this option has already been turned on, your keyboard is locked. Turn the toggle off to unlock the keyboard. If you want to lock your keyboard again, enable the toggle. 

Check For Faulty Hardware

If the keyboard is still not working, the reason may probably be the faulty hardware. Yes, users may often face this issue due to faulty hardware, which may seem like the keyboard is locked. If you are using a laptop, you should probably check for dust in between the keys and clean the keyboard. If you doubt the keyboard is faulty, you should probably try using an external keyboard. 

If the keyboard on your laptop is faulty, the external keyboard will probably work without any problem. If the external keyboard you tried connecting to your PC is working fine, you should probably contact the service center and get the keyboard fixed. 

FAQs

How Do I Fix My Keyboard Not Typing In Windows 11?

You may probably face this issue when your keyboard is locked. If you find your keyboard locked, you can follow the steps in this article to unlock it, and it will work fine then. 

How Do I Unlock My Keyboard On Windows 11?

You can unlock the keyboard on your Windows 11 PC with the lock key. Press and hold the Fn + Keyboard Lock key to unlock the keyboard. 

Conclusion

Above in this article, we have discussed how you can lock and unlock the keyboard in Windows 11. Sometimes you may face problems with your keyboard, and you may find it not working or not typing when you boot up your PC. Well, the general cause of this can be the keyboard locked. If your keyboard is locked, you will be able to unlock it by following the steps mentioned in this article. Moreover, we have also discussed how you can lock the keyboard again after unlocking it. 

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