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How to Fix Your Keyboard After Holding the Shift Key for Too Long

Holding the Shift key on your keyboard for too long may change the settings of some of the other buttons. Thus, you may no longer be able to type certains characters (like commas, numbers both on the left and on the right side of the keyboard, some letters), or to use Caps Lock, even after restarting your computer. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions that worked for our users. Depending on your keyboard, there might be different ways to fix it. If you want to know the steps to follow, read on.




Keyboard Solutions

Holding Shift and ALT down

The first simple solution is to hold down both Shift keys and the ALT button at the same time. This is the equivalent of switching back and forth between European and American keyboard. If this doesn’t work for you, then you should check the other solutions we found.

Holding Both Shift Keys

If the problem persists, try holding down both Shift keys for a few seconds.The problem is still there ? Don’t worry, we have your back with other options.

Pressing Both Shift Keys Alternately

Another solution is to press the two Shift keys alternately. Repeat that for about a minute.

Holding Both Shift Keys and CTRL

If nothing of the above fixes your problem, try holding both Shift keys and the CTRL key at once.

Holding ALT and Shift

If the problem still isn’t fixed, you can try holding the left ALT and Shift keys for 10 seconds.

FN and Num Lock

The last keyboard solution is to press the fn key and the Num Lock key at the same time.

Settings Solutions

Sticky Keys

If the different combinations of keys didn’t fix the problem, you should consider the following: first go to the “Control panel”. Then in the “Keyboard tab” click on “Accessibility options”. Then click on the settings buttons for Sticky keys, Filter keys and Toggle keys and deselect the option to use shortcut.
Pressing five times the Shift key will turn off the Sticky Keys (or will turn them on, if they are already off).

We hope that you find these solutions useful and that your problem is now fixed!

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