How to Fix If Keyboard Typing Wrong Letters, Numbers, or Characters?

At times, users come across weird system issues like “Keyboard typing wrong characters, alphabets, numbers or entering random keys.” The specific problem is not only limited to new keyboards but also have appeared with ones who were working fine for years of usage.

Lately, a lot of users have reportedly claimed that they type a particular key, but the output showcases another result. For instance, typing ‘M’ gives ‘2’ as output, or typing ‘5’ gives ‘q’ as output. Fixing a keyboard that is creating such troubles is not at all difficult and can be a workaround with a few basic troubleshooters. Let’s learn about them in detail.

Fixes for “If Keyboard Typing Wrong Letters, Numbers, or Characters” issue

The Keyboard is one of the most reliable components of a Computer/ laptop, and thus issues with it can create havoc for the users.

FIX 1: Install the latest Windows Update:

First, it is advised to install the latest Windows update and check whether the update improvements help you fix the problem. For doing so,

  • In the desktop search bar, type Settings and open the relevant search result.
  • Now navigate to Update & Security.
  • On the next window, click on the Check for Updates If there’s any pending update available, it will start the auto download and installation process. Let the process complete on its own, taking the required time.
  • Once done, restart your system and check whether the Keyboard behaves as required or not.

FIX 2: Uninstall the latest Windows update or roll out back your OS:

There’s a fair chance for the possibility that the latest Windows 10 update broke the working of your Keyboard, and thus you end up getting different outcomes for a different set of keys.

Hence in similar situation we recommend you to roll back to an older version which was working glitch free and smooth into your system.

FIX 3: Check the AutoCorrect settings:

A wrong AutoCorrect entry can end you up with an incorrect key output issue especially when you work in MS Word. Here deleting any such entry can help. Let’s learn the procedure:

  • Firstly, open a Word document.
  • Now on the top-left corner, navigate to File>Options.
  • On the Word options window, navigate to the left-pane menu and click on Proofing.
  • From the set of choices, select AutoCorrect Options.
  • Here you need to select and delete the AutoCorrect entry responsible for converting the particular keys into unmatched output.

FIX 4: Check your language settings:

As per some of the suffered users, their Keyboard’s wrong key output issue was resolved by changing their language settings. For doing so,

  • Firstly, go to the desktop search bar, type Language, and open Language settings from the search results. (Note down or remember the language mentioned below the Window display language section for further usage).
  • On the next window, navigate to the option Spelling, typing & keyboard settings.
  • Now scroll down the menu till the last and select the option Advanced keyboard settings.
  • On the Advanced keyboard settings menu, set the language below Override for default input method as same to which we found in the first step.
  • Now close the window.

However, if you use a different language than English, you require that particular language package. For doing so,

  • Firstly, go to the desktop search bar, type Language, and open Language settings from the search results.
  • Now on the language settings window, click on the ‘+’ icon before the option Add a language.
  • Here search for the desired language and set it as default using the same steps as mentioned above.
  • Once done, you can now check whether the said issue is resolved or not. If not, then move towards the next fixed mentioned in the list.

FIX 5: Reinstall the keyboard drivers:

Uninstalling and then reinstalling the keyboard drivers have helped a lot of suffered users to get along the keyboard keeps on typing the wrong characters. You can try the following fix with the steps mentioned below:

  • Firstly, in the desktop search bar, type Device Manager, and open the relevant search result.
  • On the Device Manager window, locate your Keyboard’s driver, right-click on it and then select the option Uninstall from the submenu.uninstall keyboard drivers
  • After that, reboot your system. Now during the start-up process, your system will reinstall the required keyboard drivers on its own.
  • Alternatively, if you are suspicious of doing it on your own, you can also use various driver updating tools available online.
  • Once the reinstallation process is done, check whether your Keyboard is behaving fine or not.

FIX 6: Run the Windows 10 built-in Keyboard troubleshooter:

Windows 10 has a hub of built-in troubleshooters that alone can solve various error issues within your system.

  • Firstly, from the desktop search bar, open Settings.
  • Now navigate to Update & Security.
  • From the left-pane menu, select the option Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters.keyboard troubleshooter
  • On the next window, scroll down, click on Keyboard and then select the Run the troubleshooter tab.
  • Wait for the scanning process to complete on its own. Follow the on-screen instructions as required.
  • Once done, restart your system and check whether the said keyboard issue is resolved or not.

FIX 7: Try basic and random workarounds:

If none of the above fixes worked for you, then it is quite evident that the issue is not related to any software glitch. In such a case, you can try the hardware solutions mentioned down below:

  • In case you are getting similar output despite whichever key you are pressing (for example, the output every time is ‘K’ despite the key you press). Here in case, ensure that the particular key (say K) isn’t stuck. If yes, then unstuck it to resolve the issue.
  • If your Keyboard is attached via USB port, check whether there’s any issue related to the USB port which might end up causing the wrong key output.
  • For Laptop users: The NumLock + FN combination when turned ON can create keyboard issues for some users. Hence it is advisable to disable the effect by pressing NumLock + FN simultaneously. Alternatively, you can also try the Ctrl + Shift combination to check if you have by mistake toggled a scrambled keyboard.

These were some of the software and hardware related fixes that would help you if you are facing the wrong key output issue with your Keyboard. Try any of them and check whichever works the best for you.

However, suppose even after trying each of them, the said issue persists. In that case, it is evident that your Keyboard is broken and requires a replacement or technical assistance at the service center. If you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below commend box.


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