Lenovo Laptop Keyboard Not Working [FIXED]. 9 Easy Methods

Is your Lenovo laptop keyboard not working and you are wondering how to fix your Lenovo laptop keyboard? Maybe your ThinkPad keyboard won’t work, or your Ideapad Lenovo laptop keyboard is off?

You’ve got it covered! Although there are many factors that can cause your Lenovo laptop keyboard to malfunction, there are also many ways to fix it – be it a mechanical issue or a software issue.

Today, we’ll cover nine different methods you can use to make your Lenovo laptop keyboard work again, and you’re sure to find at least one that works!

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Method 1: Restart Your Laptop

When your Lenovo laptop keys are not working, the solution may be as simple as restarting your computer.

Follow these simple steps to restart your computer completely:

  • Turn off your Lenovo laptop.
  • Once it’s off, unplug its power cord.
  • Take out the laptop battery.
  • Press and hold the power button. The laptop will lose any remaining power as a result.
  • Once there is no more power, recharge the laptop battery.
  • Reconnect the power cord.

If there is a slight glitch, the keys on your Lenovo laptop should now work.

Method 2: Check the hardware

When Lenovo laptop keys do not work, there may be a problem with the keyboard hardware.

To check the hardware, you can follow these easy steps:

If only certain keys don’t work:

Press the lower left corners of the keys.

Hold this for a few seconds.

Check if they are working now.

If the entire keyboard is not responding, or if the above steps do not work:

Look for any debris stuck under your keys.

If you see any, shut down your laptop.

Turn the laptop on its side or upside down.

Use a brush or rag to get the debris out.

The keyboard should now work if the problem was mechanical. Please note if your Lenovo laptop won’t turn on, this is most likely a power supply issue rather than a keyboard issue.

Method 3: Change Keyboard Settings

If your Lenovo laptop keyboard won’t type, there may be a problem with your keyboard settings.

Follow these steps to check and change your keyboard settings:

  • Click the Ease of Access icon on the login screen or in Settings.
  • Check the box next to “Type without the keyboard (on-screen keyboard)”
  • Use the mouse to log in and check that all keys work on the screen.
  • Go to the Control Panel.
  • Go to Ease of Access.
  • Click Ease of Access Center.
  • Go to “Easy to use the keyboard”.
  • Apply the new settings after unchecking all the boxes.

Restart the laptop.

Once your laptop is back on, test your keys in several programs.

Method 4: Uninstall Keyboard Drivers

Another possible cause could be keyboard drivers.

To uninstall and update keyboard drivers, you can follow these steps:

  • Go to Device Manager on your laptop.
  • Click the arrow in front of “Keyboards”.
  • If you have any external keyboards:
  • Find drivers for any external keyboards.
  • Select Uninstall Device from the right-click menu of each driver.
  • Restart the laptop.
  • Check if the keyboard is working now. The next step should be taken if not.
  • Find the keyboard driver built into your laptop.
  • Right-click on it and select “Uninstall device”.
  • Restart the laptop.
  • Windows should reinstall the keyboard driver automatically.
  • The keyboard driver may need to be updated if this still doesn’t work:
  • Go to https://support.lenovo.com/us/en.
  • Hover over “computer”.
  • Click “Discover Product”.
  • Click “Drivers and Software”.
  • Click Start Scan.
  • This should help you find and install updates if your keyboard driver is out of date.

Uninstalling and updating drivers is a common solution to many laptop problems. We also use this method when Lenovo laptop is not connected to wifi.

Method 5: Use the Keyboard Troubleshooter

If your Lenovo laptop keyboard is still not working, you can use the keyboard troubleshooter:

  • Right-click on the Windows icon.
  • Click “Settings”.
  • Choose Update & Security.
  • Go to Troubleshoot.
  • Click on Keyboard, and it should troubleshoot automatically.

Method 6: Close and Run Programs

Many programs affect the functionality of the keyboard, so you may need to close or run certain programs.

To close the programs, follow these steps:

  • Open the task manager.
  • Select the “Processes” tab.
  • Search for “CTF Loader”.
  • Right-click on it and choose End Process.
  • Search for “Cortana”.
  • Right-click on it and choose End Process.

To run the programs, follow these steps:

  • Go to the task scheduler.
  • Expand the Task Scheduler Library by clicking the arrow next to it.
  • Click the arrow next to “Microsoft”.
  • Click the arrow next to “Windows”.
  • Find and select “TextServicesFramework”.
  • Click the Run button on the right side of the window.

Method 7: Update Your Windows OS

If nothing else is making the keyboard work, you may need to.

To update your Windows operating system, you can follow these steps:

  • Click on the start menu.
  • Choose “Settings”.
  • Go to “Update & Security”.
  • Click “Windows Update”.
  • Choose “Check for updates”. This will automatically update your Windows operating system if it is out of date.

Method 8: Restore Your System

If you have saved restore points on your laptop, you can use them to try to get the keyboard to work again.

Follow these steps to restore your system:

  • Go to “System Properties”.
  • Select the System Protection tab.
  • Click on the “System Restore” button.
  • Select a restore point from a date when the keyboard was working.
  • Click {Next.
  • Click Finish and confirm any popups.
  • Restart the laptop.

Method 9: Reset Your Laptop

If the worst happens and nothing else works, you may have to reset your Lenovo laptop.

Follow these steps to reset your laptop:

  • Go to “Reset this PC” in the system settings.
  • Choose to Get Started.
  • Click “Keep my files”.
  • Follow the process until the reset is done.


Lenovo laptop keyboard repair is more than possible with the methods we mentioned above.

It may be as easy as cleaning the keys, or it may take a software reset. If you have a Chromebook instead, see our article on how to unlock a Chromebook keyboard.

Regardless of the issue, we hope this article will help you if your Lenovo laptop keyboard is not working!


Atif Alee

Atif Alee

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