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How To Fix Backspace Not Working

Backspace Key

Are you a content writer, programmer, virtual assistant, or anyone who uses the keyboard frequently? How would you use a keyboard without the backspace key? I mean, the thought of it alone is killing. How would you cope with a keyboard without the backspace key? I would probably dispose of the keyboard and order a new one right on the spot.

This article will provide four simple tips to fix your backspace key. The following are the tips:

  • Turn off the Sticky keys + the Filter Keys feature on your Keyboard Settings.
  • Reinstall your keyboard driver.
  • Update your Keyboard driver.
  • Clean your keyboard to clear out dust.

These tips are what a professional will charge hundreds of dollars for. But do not worry because, at the end of this post, you will fix your backspace key without spending a dime. How does this sound? Cool right? Let’s get to business.

3 Methods To Fix Your Backspace

Here are the three methods to fix your backspace.

Method #1: Turn Off The Sticky Keys

The Sticky keys feature allows you to press a key at a time for keyboard shortcuts. The Filter keys feature instructs the keyboard to ignore your repeated or brief keystrokes.

These features are accessibility functions in the Windows operating system. You can access these features under the Keyboard Settings Tab.

If these two keyboard features are enabled, they can sometimes cause your backspace key not to function well.

Follow these steps to turn off the Sticky keys and Filter keys features to get your backspace key to work again:

  1. Type Ease in the PC’s search box.
  2. Click Ease of Access keyboard settings.
  3. Ensure the Sticky key and Filter Keys features are off. If you see them On. Proceed to step 4.
  4. Click on the toggle bar to turn the Sticky and Filter keys off.

Method #2: Reinstall Your Keyboard Driver

  1. Press the Windows logo key (looks like 4 squares) + R on your keyboard.
  2. A command window called Run will pop up.
  3. Type devmgmt.msc into the open text box.
  4. Press the Enter key.
  5. Another window will pop up.
  6. Right-click on your keyboard device in the Keyboard section.
  7. Click Uninstall device.
  8. Reboot your computer. Windows should automatically reinstall your keyboard.
  9. Check if your keyboard is working.

Method #3: Update Your Keyboard Driver

Your existing keyboard driver may have gone missing, deleted, or corrupted. Follow the following steps:

  1. Search Device Manager on your PC.
  2. Go to the Keyboard section.
  3. Click on the drop-down arrow.
  4. Right-click on your installed keyboard.
  5. Select Update Driver.
  6. Be connected to the internet and wait till a new driver is downloaded.
  7. Install the new update.
  8. Reboot your PC.
  9. Check if your keyboard is working.


The backspace key is an essential key on all keyboards. Using a keyboard without this key will be a messy experience. We are confident that trying any or all of the simple tips/solutions we have provided in this blog post will fix your backspace key.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Backspace Not Working?

Some reasons your backspace key is not working are:

1. Dirty keyboard. This means dust has impeded your keyboard connection.
2. Corrupted keyboard driver.
3. Missing keyboard driver.
4. Sticky and Filter keys features enabled.

How Do I Reset My Keyboard?

1. Unplug your keyboard.
2. Hold down the ESC key.
3. While holding down the ESC key, plug back your keyboard.
4. Release the ESC key after about 10 seconds.
5. You will see the keyboard lighting flash if the reset is completed.

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