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How to Reset Keyboard Settings: Comprehensive Guide

Courtenay Smith Published April 09, 2019 Settings
Courtenay’s love for gaming started when she was handed a Game Boy SP as a child. From there her youthful gaming memories consist of hitting some Donkey Kong bongos and cruising around Vice City listening to 'Take Me to the Clouds Above' at an unsuitable age. Since, she has gained a love for both PC and console games, sometimes even jumping on mobile. Don’t judge! When she’s not writing for the site she enjoys travelling, film, and diving down the rabbit hole that is YouTube.
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If you’ve previously customized your keyboards hotkeys and shortcuts, and you want to reset back to the default settings, then this guide is perfect for you. Keyboards can sometimes be temperamental, so if your keys aren’t working, reset back to default settings before attempting to perform surgery on it. Here’s how to change keyboard settings for Windows and Mac.


How to Change Your Keyboard Settings

There are a number of things you can tinker with in your computer’s settings in order to reset your keyboard, here’s our list of things you can do:

  • Reset Keyboard Settings on Windows 10
  • Change Keyboard Language on Windows 10
  • Reset Keyboard Settings on Mac
  • Change Keyboard Language on Mac

How to Reset Keyboard Settings on Windows 10

  • Press WIN + R to open Run, type Control, then press Enter to open the Control Panel.

Windows run with control text

 

  • Click on Hardware and Sound.

Windows Control Panel Click On Hardware And Sound

  • Click on Device Manager under Devices and Printers.

Windows Control Panel Settings Devices And Printers

  • Expand “Keyboards” by clicking on the arrow icon (>) to the left of the Keyboard heading.

Windows Devices Expand Keyboard Menu

  • Select the name of the keyboard you want to reset.
  • Click on the Uninstall Device icon (Red X) at the top of the Device Manager window.

Windows Device Manager Mouse Over Uninstall

  • Select Uninstall to remove the keyboard from Device Manager.

Windows 10 Menu After Uninstalling Drivers Choose Uninstall

  • Once uninstalled, click on the Scan for Hardware Changes icon (computer and magnifying glass) so that your computer recognizes your keyboard again.

Windows Device Manager Mouse Over Scan

  • Select the keyboard name again by following steps 4 and 5.
  • Click on the Update Device Driver icon from the top of the Device Manager window.

Windows Device Manager Mouse Over Update Drivers

  • Click on Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software in the pop-up window.

Windows Install Driver Search Options

  • Once the new drivers have installed, close the pop-up window.
  • Restart your computer to ensure your keyboard has reset properly.

Changing Keyboard Language: Windows 10

If you don’t want to fully reset your keyboard but you need to change the language of your keyboard, here’s how:

  • Press WIN + I to open up Settings.

Windows 10 Devices Menu

  • Click on Devices
  • Go to Typing.

Windows 10 Devices Menu Typing Mouse Over

  • Scroll down to More Keyboard Settings and click on Advanced Keyboards Settings.

Windows 10 Typing Menu Advanced Keyboard Settings Option

  • Under the Language List click on Use Language List (recommended) or select your Primary Language.

Windows 10 Advanced Typing Settings Use Language List Recommended


How to Reset Keyboard Settings on Mac:

  • Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left hand corner and select System Preferences.
  • Click on Keyboard.
  • Click on Modifier Keys in the bottom-right hand corner of the keyboard tab.
  • Select Restore Defaults and click Ok.
  • Next, click on the Text tab and select a keyboard that you want to remove.
  • Click on the minus icon to remove the keyboard shortcut
  • Now, click on the Shortcuts tab.
  • If you’ve changed the shortcuts, click on Restore Defaults once again to reset them to their default settings.
  • Restart your Mac to ensure your keyboard has reset properly.

Changing Keyboard Language: Mac

As we mentioned with a Windows computer, sometimes you just need to reset the language of your keyboard to fix any issues. Here’s how to change keyboard language on a Mac:

  • Click on the Apple icon in the upper-left hand corner and select System Preferences.
  • Click on Language and Region.
  • Select any languages you want to remove.
  • Click on the minus icon below the list to remove selected languages.

Summary

If you’ve followed our guide and you’re still having trouble with your keyboard, leave a comment below and let us know what issues you’re having – we are here to help!

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Sources:

  1. How to Reset a Keyboard, WikiHow, April 8th, 2019
  2. Tim Fisher, What is a Keyboard?, Lifewire, March 29th, 2019
  3. Jeff Tyson & Tracy V. Wilson, How Computer Keyboards Work?, HowStuffWorks?, November 21st, 2000
  4. Cleaning a Washable Keyboard, Logitech Support
  5. Jamie, McKane, How to Safely Clean Your PC and Peripherals, MyBroadband, March 21st, 2017
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