If your Keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys are not working on your Windows 7/8/10 PC, then this article is beneficial for you to fix the issue. A lot of users are used to using the hotkeys across the world. These hotkeys play an essential role for users to perform tasks expeditiously.
Keyboard Shortcuts & Hotkeys Not Working On Windows Device
Although there are many issues, your keyboard could cause to you but the most common problem with these keyboards and other brands, in most cases, is the hotkeys. You are here because you must have been through the experience regarding these keys when they just fail to work.
6 Ways to Fix Keyboard Shortcuts & Hotkeys Not Working
To resolve this problem, we recommend you try our suggestions and see if any of them help you Keyboard Shortcuts and Hotkeys are not working on your Windows device:
Physically Clean the Keyboard Keys
The reason behind your keyboard is not working can be dirt or other corrosion. So in order to clean your keys, see the following process:
- Shut down your system.
- Unplug the keyboard if you’re using a desktop.
- Prepare your desktop for cleaning.
- For cleaning, you can use a small cotton ear cleaning tool for getting between the creases, but make sure that you dip it slightly in alcohol before you begin.
- Try running the Hardware troubleshooter
- Press the Windows + I keys simultaneously to launch the Settings app.
- Tap on the Update & Security option.
- As soon as the new page appears, you have to tap on the Troubleshoot option from the side panel.
- Up next, you will need to tap on Keyboard.
- After that, select ‘Run the troubleshooter’ option and follow a few on-screen instructions then restart your PC to complete the process.
Connect the Keyboard to another USB Port
The USB port, which is currently being used by your keyboard, may not be working properly. In this case, it would be better to unplug the device and attach it to another USB port. Also, you can clean the USB port on both ends in order to make sure they are not being affected by any dust.
Uninstall Keyboard Software
Have you been using a different keyboard previously? If yes, we then recommend making sure the software for the old device has been uninstalled or removed. There are times when some software causes issues due to having similarities in actions.
Update Your Keyboard Driver
The driver of your keyboard or firmware can be updated quite easily. To do so, simply visit the official website. There you will be able to manually locate all the supported drivers and firmware for your specific Logitech keyboard.
Re-Install Your Keyboard Driver
If the update also fails to work, then we’d like to recommend removing the keyboard driver. After that, you have to reinstall the keyboard driver and test the keys again.
- Open your Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button,
- After that, select Device Manager from the options listed on the screen.
- In the list of options, you need to look for the one that says Keyboards.
- Then tap on the Keyboard option to expand it.
- And right-click on the Logitech keyboard device name.
- Doing is going to show you a context menu; you just need to tap on the Uninstall option. Then move on from there. Doing this is so straightforward!
- After doing so, you will just have to restart your PC, and Windows 10 will automatically reinstall the keyboard driver.
Enable HID Human Interface Service
It is a basic thing to understand that if the HID is disabled, then your hotkeys will never be able to work. Consequently, we highly recommend making sure whether all is well by restarting the service. Follow the simple process as given below to do so:
- Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to launch the Run dialog box.
- Here, within the box, you have to type ‘services.MSC’ and tap on the OK button.
- Here you will have to scroll down until you find ‘Human Interface Device’ Access from the list of options.
- After that, you will need to double-tap on HID.
- Then from Startup Type, check if it’s set to Automatic, and then tap on the OK button.
- At last, you just need to restart the PC and check if the hotkeys are finally working.
Thank you for reading this article. Hopefully, the methods as mentioned above should resolve the issue!
Harry Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Harry Williams has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.