W Key Not Working? Take These Actions To Solve It

You are here because your keyboard’s W or windows key is not working. It happens very often with computer users. 

This problem does not occur out of the blue. This occurrence has several causes behind it. Also, the reasons can be software or hardware based.

Before going to the service center, you can take a few actions to solve this problem. And you have to perform them as soon as possible. You can easily change an external keyboard, but what if this happens with your laptop keyboard? No worries. I will share some practical solutions regarding the W key’s inability to work issue here. 

W Key Fails To Work – Problem & Solution 

Before jumping to the solutions, you need to address the problem first. Knowing about the problems will help you to solve them. Also, it will prevent further issues. 

The problems that cause your keyboard key to stop working are 

  • Dirty keyboard or sticky keys 
  • Poor cable or battery connection
  • Malware or viruses 
  • Major windows or software update 
  • Backdated keyboard driver 
  • Too much pressure on the keys 
  • Faulty cable or battery 
  • Improper input setting 

These problems can cause issues with the W key and any key on your keyboard. 

Checking the connections, cleaning the keyboard, replacing the cable or battery, restarting the PC, checking for malware, updating the windows, adjusting input settings, and updating the keyboard driver can solve the problem. 

These solutions will solve your problems like 

  • The windows key not working 
  • Mac keyboard not responding 
  • The function key not working 
  • Gaming keyboard not working 
  • Keyboard key not responding 
  • Keys not working on Windows PC 
  • S key not working, etc. 

Solutions Regarding Keyboard Issue 

I will divide the solutions into three stages and they are initial, secondary, and final. So, you can go through it selectively rather than trying random actions. 

Before going to the detailed actions, let’s have a quick look at the solutions. 

Stages  Actions 
  • Check the connections
  • Check the key locks 
  • Clean the keyboard 
  • Restart the PC or laptop 
  • Check for malware or virus 
  • Adjust keyboard input settings 
  • Adjust the gaming keyboard setting 
  • Update keyboard driver 
  • Replace the cable 
  • Replace the battery 
  • Replace the keyboard 
  • Go to the service center 

Let’s see the actions in detail. 

Initial Stage 

When you notice your W key is not working, take this action first. These simple actions can solve the problem. 

Check For Poor Connections 

If you use a USB keyboard, check if the connection ports are loose. Unplug and replug the cable properly. 

If you are using a wireless keyboard, unpair the Bluetooth and pair it again. This simple action can solve the issue sometimes. 

Check The Key Locks 

Any key may stop working if you press the Fn lock key. Accidentally pressing the Fn lock key may trigger other lock keys like Caps Lock or Num Lock. 

Find Fn Lock/ F mode/ Fn key based on your device to unlock these keys. And press it one time, or press & hold it for a few seconds. 

If this process fails, press the Fn and Esc keys simultaneously. This will sure unlock all the keys. 

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Clean The Keyboard 

A dirty keyboard is responsible for a keyboard to stop working. Sometimes debris can go under any key and prevent it from responding. So, you need to keep your keyboard clean. 

How To Clean The Keyboard?

Many use brushes, slime, and other DIY cleaners to clean their keyboards. But they are not 100% effective. I’m sharing three productive ways to clean your keyboard perfectly. 

Cotton Buds 

You can use cotton buds to clean the keyboard. The bud helps to reach narrow spaces and clean them. Using alcoholic rub enhances the process. Watch the video for the demonstration. 

Cotton Buds

Compressed Air

Compressed air is also an effective cleaner. You can use Falcon Dust Compressed Duster. Nevertheless, it is user-friendly and environment-friendly. Watch the video below to learn how to use compressed air. 

Compressed Air

Vacuum Cleaner 

There are many mini vacuum cleaners that are good for electronic devices. I use one of them for cleaning my keyboard. They are practical and effective too. Let’s watch a video on how to use them. 

Vaccum Cleaner


Restart Your PC 

Whether you are using a PC or laptop, restarting can solve your keyboard issue. A simple restart enhances the power of the devices and troubleshoots some minor issues.  

To restart your Windows PC or laptop, first, click on the Windows button. Secondly, select the Power button. Finally, press the Restart button. 

Restart Your PC

Secondary Stage 

If the actions of the initial stage do not work, you need to move to the secondary stage. The actions of this stage are mostly software based. 

Let’s handle the software issues to fix the keyboard. 

Check For Malware Or Virus

Malware or viruses can bring trouble for your keyboard too. Running a quick scan can identify if there is any malware on your PC. 

Run the antivirus application on your PC and take necessary action to kill any malware or virus. You can use the default windows antivirus tool. 

Also, there are some popular apps to handle malware and viruses like Malwarebytes, Avast, McAfee, and Norton

Take the troubleshooting malware seriously. Try to do the scanning as often as possible. 

Modify Keyboard Input Settings 

The settings you need to check are 

  • Language keyboard layout 
  • Repeat delay setting 
  • Turning off Sticky & Filter keys 

If you know how to perform these actions, good for you. If you have no idea about them, it’s okay. Let me show you how to perform them. 

How To Fix Keyboard Language Layout? 

  • Open the Windows button by clicking it 
  • Find and open the Setting app 
  • Search for Time & Language option 
  • Click on the Language & region button 
  • Go under the Preferred language option
  • Find your language and press the menu button beside it 
  • Now select the Language options button
  • Enter the Keyboard section and install the keyboard’s native language layout. 

How To Fix Keyboard Language Layout

How To Fix The Repeat Delay Setting? 

  • Press the Start button 
  • Go to the Control Panel 
  • Search for Keyboard option
  • Click on Keyboard properties 
  • Go to the Speed option 
  • Adjust Repeat delay & Repeat rate 
  • Click Ok and Apply buttons 

How To Fix The Repeat Delay Setting


How To Turn Off The Filter Key & Sticky Key? 

  • Go to the Control panel 
  • Open the All Control Panel items option 
  • Select Ease of Access Center 
  • Click on Make the keyboard easier to use 
  • Uncheck the Turn on Sticky keys option
  • Uncheck the Turn on Filter keys option
  • Hit Ok and Apply button

How To Turn Off The Filter Key & Sticky Key

Adjust Gaming Keyboard Setting 

Facing keyboard issues is common for gamers. When you play a game, specific keys face more pressure than others. It may lead them to stop working. 

For example, in games like Minecraft or World of Warcraft, the W key is used for walking or moving. So, you continuously press that key, and it may stop working. 

In this case, you need to change or shit the walk button to another key. A suitable configuration of a gaming keyboard will save the keyboard from damage. 


Update The Keyboard Driver 

Sometimes, backdated keyboard drivers prevent keys from responding. So, you need to update your keyboard drivers as soon as possible. 

  • Open the Windows taskbar option 
  • Go to the Search button 
  • Find and select Device Manager 
  • Expand the Keyboards button 
  • Right click on your keyboard 
  • Select the Update Driver option
  • Click on Search automatically for drivers 

You can follow the Free driver updater to complete the actions. Microsoft support also shares how you can update your drivers. 

Update The Keyboard Driver

Final Stage 

If any of the actions from above did not work, the primary problem is with your hardware. 

Replace The Cable Or Batteries 

A faulty cable or battery can cause trouble to the keyboard. If you have a wired keyboard, try a new cable. You can buy a new cable according to your device. Also, customizing option is available. 

Cable Or Batteries

If you have a wireless keyboard, change the batteries. You can find new batteries according to your keyboard technology easily. 


Replace The Keyboard 

You need to change the keyboard if a new cable or battery fails. To be more sure, borrow a keyboard from your friend. First, replace your current keyboard with your friend’s keyboard. If it works fine, then your keyboard must be faulty. 

While buying a new keyboard, it is best to match the brand with your device. You can go for other brands but ensure it is compatible with your PC. 

Go To The Service Center

The final option is to go to the service center. If you have a financial problem, you can fix your faulty keyboard. But I would not recommend it. A fixed keyboard can fail anytime soon. 

If your laptop keyboard is faulty, you must contact the service center. For emergencies, you can connect a secondary keyboard. But you should not do it for a long time. 

A faulty keyboard can cause trouble to your laptop too. So, take it to the service center and fix it as soon as possible. 

W Key Not Working

People Often Ask 

Why Is The Windows Key Not Working On A Mechanical Keyboard?

Due to dirt and debris, a particular key can not work on a mechanical keyboard. Malware and backdated keyboard drivers are also responsible.

Why Is The Shift W Not Working?

Improper keyboard input settings, incorrect language layout, malware or virus, and backdated device drivers can cause this issue with the shift and W key. 

How To Type Without A Physical Keyboard? 

You can use the on-screen keyboard. Follow this direction to get it: Windows>Setting>Ease of Access>Interaction>Keyboard>Use the On-Screen Keyboard.

How Do You Fix A Dead Key?

To prey off the key, use a small and flat-blade screwdriver. Clean everything around it. You can return the key or replace it with a new one. Put it in place and press it. 

How Do You Fix A Broken Key On A Laptop?

Scan any malware, update device drivers and adjust keyboard input settings. If they do not work, take the laptop to the service center. 

Get Your W Key Working Again

Not only the W key, any key not responding is an irritating problem. This can happen to anyone, especially to gamers. Cleaning the keyboard, replacing the cable or battery, restarting the PC, scanning malware, adjusting input settings, and updating the keyboard driver can solve the W key not working issue. 

For laptops, you can use an external keyboard for emergencies. But get the laptop with a faulty keyboard to the service center as soon as possible.