Broken keyboard shortcuts are frustrating. Learn how to fix them in Windows 10.

Using keyboard shortcuts can increase your productivity, as pressing two or three keys is faster than searching for a function through a list or menu. You can use keyboard shortcuts for your email accounts, file folders, photo editors, and more.

If you can't take advantage of the keyboard shortcuts on your Windows 10 device, we've rounded up some quick fixes in this guide.

1. Run the keyboard troubleshooter

A quick and easy solution to fix your problem is to use Windows 10 Keyboard Troubleshooter. Here's how you can do it:

  1. click beginthen go to Settings> System> Update and Security.

  2. click Troubleshooting> Other bug fixes.

  3. Under Find and fix other problems, choose keyboard.

  4. Choose Run the troubleshooter to start the scan.

2. Activate Sticky Keys

Keyboard shortcuts may not work if you don't press the keyboard shortcuts at the same time. If you're having trouble pressing multiple keys at the same time, you should enable Sticky Keys.

This Windows 10 feature allows you to press the keyboard shortcuts one by one. How to activate it:

  1. click beginthen go to Settings> Ease of use.

  2. Of the interaction Section, choose keyboard.

  3. Turn on the switch below Use sticky keys.

If you want to enable or disable Sticky Keys with a keyboard shortcut, select the check box next to Let the Sticky Keys shortcut start. That way you can turn it on or off by pressing shift five times.

3. Enable the Windows 10 key hotkeys

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the run dialog, type gpedit.msc in the dialog box, then press Enter to access the Local group policy editor.

  2. Go to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> File Explorer.

  3. to open Disable Windows key hotkeys.

  4. Choose Deactivated or Not configured.

  5. click Apply to save the new settings.

4. Check the Human Interface Device Service

If you are having difficulty using keyboard shortcuts on your Windows 10 device, you should check the Human Interface Device Service. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Press Windows Key + R the open Run Dialog.

  2. Art services.msc and press Enter.

  3. Right click Human Interface Device Service> Start.

  4. If it's already running, click Start anew.

  5. Right click on it again and choose Update.

Make your keyboard shortcuts work again

If you restart your PC or laptop, connect your USB keyboard to a different port, and the shortcuts still don't work, there are some troubleshooting methods you need to try.

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Matthew's passions lead him to become a technical writer and blogger. As a graduate engineer, he likes to use his technical knowledge to write informative and useful content.

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