If your keyboard keeps typing multiple letters at once in Windows 10, there could be several reasons behind it. Here’s how to fix it.
There’s nothing useful about a keyboard typing a lot of letters when you don’t want it. This will activate unnecessary keyboard shortcuts, add errors to your writing and ruin your gaming session.
Luckily, if your keyboard makes it look like you’re typing in a whole new language, there are ways to fix a keyboard that types a lot of letters in Windows 10. Here’s how to do it.
Restart your PC/Restart
When going through any troubleshooting process, restarting your PC should be the first solution. Doing this might be enough to fix the problem as it deletes any data that is slowing down your device and stops any tasks that are using too much RAM.
Also, a reboot might fix some hardware and peripheral devices. If your computer recently downloaded an update, you will need to restart it to ensure smooth functioning.
Check Your Keyboard for Dust
If your keyboard is a bit old, it’s possible that enough dust or dirt has accumulated to stop it from functioning properly, especially if you prefer to use a mechanical keyboard. If you think this is the cause of your problem, you need to clean your keyboard well. Unfortunately, it does more than just flip your keyboard over and remove all the dust.
For mechanical keyboards, you can use a key puller to remove the keys and clean them thoroughly or use a small air blower. If your keyboard is part of the laptop, it may be a sign that you need to clean the inside as well.
Also, improper connection could be the cause of your problem. If you are using a USB keyboard, disconnect and reconnect it or use a different USB port.
Run Windows 10 Keyboard Troubleshooter
You can use Windows 10’s built-in troubleshooter to fix some hardware issues. Follow these steps to run the keyboard troubleshooter:
- Right click Start > Settings (or press button Windows + I).
- open Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters.
- From section Find and fix other problems, choose Keyboard > Run the troubleshooter.
- Follow the instructions shown.
Run Windows Security Tool
You can use Windows Security to scan your laptop or PC for malicious or corrupted files that can hinder keyboard functionality. Here is how you can do it:
- open Settings, then open Updates & Security.
- From the left pane, select Windows Security > Open Windows Security > Virus and threat protection.
- Click button Quick scan. Windows 10 will delete any detected malicious files.
- Once the scan is complete, test your keyboard.
Update Keyboard Driver
Your keyboard driver might be out of date or corrupt, which is why there are some communication problems between the keyboard and PC. To fix it, you have to update the driver:
- Right click Start > Device manager.
- Expand menu Keyboard.
- Right click the driver and select Update drivers.
If this finds nothing, find the manufacturer and model number of your keyboard and look for drivers on the company’s official website. You can usually find both on a sticker on the keyboard itself. If that doesn’t work, search the packaging or find the purchase receipt for more information.
Check Windows 10 Language Settings
Windows 10 detects the default input language on your device but sometimes it doesn’t do it right. This can then cause keyboard related issues. Here’s how you can ensure that you and your system speak the same language:
- open Settings.
- open Time & Language > Language Keyboard.
- In the Override for default input method, use the drop-down menu to select your preferred language.
Also, you should remove any additional language packs or keyboard languages that you don’t use. Open menu Language use the steps above and scroll down to Preferred languages. There, click on a language you don’t use or install by mistake and select Remove.
Change Keyboard Repeat Delay
In Windows 10, you can use the keyboard settings to change the key repeat delay from short to long. Follow these steps to delay the time between repeated keystrokes:
- In the menu search bar Start, search control panel and choose the most suitable.
- Open menu View by and select Large icons or Small icons.
- choose Keyboard to access its properties.
- Click Apply > OK to save the new settings.
Back to Writing With the Keyboard Accurately
It can be difficult to identify the exact cause of your keyboard typing a lot of letters. Luckily, there are a few workarounds you can try so you can get back to writing without errors. If you try something on the list and your keyboard still has a mind of its own, it might be time to replace it.