How to Replace a Key on an HP Pavilion Keyboard

A missing keyboard key on your HP Pavilion laptop can put your business on hold, particularly if you rely on a single machine to run your operation. Even if you use multiple machines, you don't have to let a missing key stop you from using all of your resources. Missing keys can make proper typing a challenge, and in some cases can make the entire laptop unusable. However, replacing these keys is not a very difficult process.

  1. 1.

    Purchase a replacement key and retainer, if necessary. There are a variety of online sources that provide affordable replacement keys (links in Resources).

  2. 2.

    Wedge the tip of a small flathead screwdriver beneath a key near the space left by the missing key. Gently pry the key cap up away from the base of the keyboard, and then lift it out of its socket.

  3. 3.

    Examine how the key retainer is oriented on the underside of the key. Use this key for reference when replacing the missing key.

  4. 4.

    Orient the key retainer as it appears on the key you've removed yourself. Press the key down onto the retainer until you hear a click. Ensure that all four of the outer slots of the retainer are snugly attached to the underside of the key.

  5. 5.

    Orient the key so that the letter or number is facing in the correct direction. Lower the key into the space left on the keyboard and push it down onto the rubber nub. You should hear a click when the key is firmly in place over the nub.

  6. 6.

    Replace the key you removed in Step 2. Enter text into an empty field or a word processing program to test the keys for proper function.