How to Repair Dell Laptop Keyboard Keys

Knowing how to repair Dell Vostro V130 Keyboard keys is a handy trick because laptop keys frequently suffer from damage due to harsh use or spills. Liquid spills can cause internal damage that is much worse, but if the problem is only with the keyboard then it is easier to fix. There are different ways to fix your keyboard depending on what type of damage has occurred.

Method 1 of 3: If the Key Cap and Key Retainer Have Fallen Off the Keyboard

1.Purchase the missing cap or retainer if you have lost them.

2.Unsnap the cap from another key that is in working condition but leave the retainer connected.

3.Take a close look at the 4 connecting points on the working retainer and compare it to the area where the damaged key used to be.

4.Place the disconnected retainer the same way that you see the working retainer.

5.Put the missing cap on top of the retainer so the letter on it reads correctly and snap it back in place.

Method 2 of 3: If the Space Bar Has Fallen Off the Dell Vostro V130 Keyboard

1.Use a flathead screwdriver to separate the retainer from the space bar key.

2.Link the retainer with the hooks on the keyboard to return it to its proper place.

3.Put the space bar key on top of the retainer and snap it in place.

Method 3 of 3: If You Want to Use Another Key to Replace the One That is Lost

1.Choose a key that you rarely use such as the “Scroll Lock” or one of the “Alt” keys.

2.Pull on the key gently to remove it from its original place.

3.Remove the retainer but make sure that the 2 pieces on the back are still connected.

4.Use a sharp object to lift the membrane that was just under the key before you removed it.

5.Apply strong glue at the bottom edge of the membrane.

6.Place the membrane so that the glue sticks to the new area where you want the key to go.

7.Add the key retainer above the membrane.

8.Put the Dell Vostro V130 Keyboard  key cap above the retainer and give it a gentle push to snap it in place.


1.If you have many keys missing you may want to consider buying and installing an entirely new Dell keyboard. Make sure that you buy a keyboard that matches the exact make and model of your laptop.

2.Get your laptop repaired by the retailer or manufacturer if it is still under warranty with coverage for keyboard damage.

3.If a key does not snap in place, turn it upside down and inspect the locking clips. A damaged locking clip will prevent a key from snapping in place in which case you will need to use another key.

4.Choosing the best method to repair Dell laptop keyboard keys depends on the style and model of your laptop. Gather information about your particular laptop to decide which method is best for you.

Laptop Keyboard for Dell Vostro V130

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