If you’re a gamer or someone who spends a lot of time typing, you know how important it is to have a good keyboard. But what happens when one of your keyboard switches starts to malfunction? You may think you need a special tool to remove and replace the switch, but there are actually a few simple methods you can use to take out keyboard switches without a tool. Keep reading to learn how.
Method 1: Using a Flathead Screwdriver
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One of the easiest ways to remove a keyboard switch without a tool is by using a flathead screwdriver. First, turn off your computer and unplug your keyboard. Then, take a small flathead screwdriver and insert it into the gap between the keycap and the switch. Gently twist the screwdriver to pop off the keycap. Once the keycap is removed, you can easily access the switch and remove it by gently pulling it out with your fingers.
Method 2: Using a Paperclip
Another tool you may have lying around that can be used to remove keyboard switches is a paperclip. Straighten out the paperclip and insert one end into the gap between the keycap and the switch. Gently twist the paperclip to pop off the keycap. Then, use the paperclip to push down on the switch and release it from the keyboard. This method may require a bit more force, so be careful not to damage the switch or the keyboard.
Method 3: Using a Pair of Tweezers
If you have a pair of tweezers with a pointed tip, you can also use them to remove keyboard switches. First, remove the keycap using one of the methods mentioned above. Then, insert the pointed tip of the tweezers into the gap between the switch and the keyboard. Gently pull up on the switch to remove it from the keyboard. This method may be a bit more precise and easier to control than using a screwdriver or paperclip.
Method 4: Using Your Fingers
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Believe it or not, you can also remove keyboard switches using just your fingers. This method may be a bit trickier, but it can be done with some patience and finesse. First, remove the keycap using one of the methods mentioned above. Then, use your fingers to gently wiggle and pull on the switch until it comes out of the keyboard. This method may take a bit longer, but it can be a good option if you don’t have any tools on hand.
Replacing the Switch
Once you have successfully removed the malfunctioning switch, you can replace it with a new one. You can purchase individual switches online or from a computer hardware store. To replace the switch, simply insert it into the empty slot on the keyboard and press down until it clicks into place. Then, replace the keycap and test the switch to make sure it is working properly.
By using these simple methods, you can easily remove and replace keyboard switches without the need for any special tools. Just be sure to handle the switches and your keyboard with care to avoid any damage. Have you ever had to replace a keyboard switch? Share your experience in the comments below.