Spacebar or Enter key is not working

Spacebar and Enter keys are used the most times, and they go unnoticed by anybody who is using a computer. We only realize the value of these unsung heroes of our daily computing when they stop working. It is an annoying problem. In this article, we will be checking out how to fix Spacebar or Enter key is not working issue on Windows 10 computer.

Spacebar or Enter key is not working

Spacebar or Enter key is not working

The problem can occur because of two reasons—Hardware fault or Software issues. The software aspect of this error lies within the scope of Windows configuration as well as the drivers. You need to, therefore, take a look at the following areas:

  1. Check settings for Sticky Keys and Filter Keys
  2. Run the Keyboard Troubleshooter.
  3. Rollback, Uninstall or Update the Keyboard driver
  4. Physically check the keyboard.

Make sure to check for resolution of the issue after each troubleshooting step.

1] Check settings for Sticky Keys and Filter Keys

You can check the configuration for Sticky Key and Filter Keys inside the Windows 10 Settings App. This method has proven to be the most effective of all. Sometimes, enabling Sticky Keys or Filter Keys stop some keys on the keyboard to work as expected.

Open Settings app, and navigate to Ease of Access > Keyboard. Under the section of Sticky Keys, make sure that the toggle for Press one key at a time for keyboard shortcuts is set to be off.

Spacebar or Enter key is not working

Next, under Filter Keys section, toggle off for the option, Ignore brief or repeated keystrokes and change keyboard repeat rates. 

2] Use the Keyboard Troubleshooter


keyboard troubleshooter

Open the Troubleshoot page in Windows 10 Settings and run the Keyboard Troubleshooter.

You may also run the Hardware Troubleshooter or reset the keyboard to default settings too.

3] Rollback, Uninstall or Update the Keyboard driver

You need to either update or rollback the driver. If you just updated any driver, and then this issue started after that you need to rollback the driver. If you did not, then maybe updating this device driver to its latest version will help.

Update Keyboard Drivers

The drivers you need to work with are the ones under the option of Keyboards inside of the Device Manager. You can also uninstall the driver and then search the web for & download the latest version of your driver and install it.

Check if that fixes your issue.

4] Physically check the keyboard

It is a good idea to check if there is a physical blockage under the keys. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to physically clean the keys and the keyboard.

Also, check if the connection mode that you are using for your keyboard is working fine.

Lastly, use this keyboard on another system and see if it works there or not. It will give you an idea if the issue is with the PC or the Keyboard.

If nothing works, its time to get a new keyboard.

Let us know if the solutions to fix the enter key, and space bar worked for you.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.