Fix laptop keys: CTRL, Fn, Num Pad

Fix laptop keys: CTRL, Fn, Num Pad

Most laptops have at least one Control (CTRL) key, and standard PCs usually have two. These keys optimize the other keys on your keyboard by giving them additional functions, such as copying and pasting text. When one or both of these keys stop working, it can be quite annoying, especially for using some computer shortcuts. Read this article to fix the problem if your CTRL, Num Pad or Fn keys stopped working correctly.

How to repair laptop Control keys that have stopped working?

To fix this issue, the steps are quite simple. Locate and press the ALT + ctrl + fn keys on your keyboard. This should repair the problem. If this doesn't work, double-check that the keys aren't clogged with dust or other dirt by cleaning your keyboard with a specialized keyboard cleaner. Use the steps outlined in this article to clean your keyboard correctly.

How to unlock the Function (Fn) key?

If your keyboard is producing numbers instead of letters, hold down the Function key (Fn) on your keyboard to be able to write normally. If this doesn't work, try pressing Fn + Numlk or, depending on the model, Fn + Shift + Numlk. On an IBM Thinkpad, press Shift + Scroll Lock Num.

How to fix your Num Pad in Excel?

If you are a Mac user, you may have encountered the following problem: suddenly, your Num pad of your extended keyboard stops working in Excel. You may have tried pressing all the F keys without success. The solution is elsewhere and is very simple: press the Shift key and the Clear key at the same time. If you struggle to find the Clear key on your keyboard, it is just above the 7. And that's all - your Num pad is supposed to work perfectly fine in Excel.

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