W S A D and Arrow keys are switched in Windows 10

You must have noticed that while playing games, the W, A, S, and D can be used for the same function as the four arrow keys. The reason such functionality is allowed in the first place is that it makes movement in games and certain applications easier with the left hand.

W S A D and Arrow keys are switched

However, many users have reported that while using their system normally, the WASD and arrow keys are switched. This post will show you how you can change WASD to Arrow keys if they have been are switched on Windows PC.

WASD and arrow keys are switched

The possible causes of the problem could be as follows:

  1. A gaming application (or any other application) which uses the WASD keys could have changed the same.
  2. Some malware might have caused the issue.
  3. The keyboard doesn’t support USB 3.0.
  4. The alternate keys system might be enabled.

Try restarting the system and check if it helps. If not, try the following solutions sequentially to resolve the problem:

  1. Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
  2. Uninstall any program that causes alternation of the keys
  3. Update the keyboard drivers
  4. Check if your keyboard has a special function which alternates the keys.

1] Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Before proceeding to more complex troubleshooting, it would be a wise idea to run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. The procedure to do so is as follows:

Go to Start > Settings >  Updates and Security >  Troubleshoot. Select the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter.

2] Uninstall any program that causes alternation of the keys

If you know of a gaming program or any other application which causes alternation of the keys, uninstall it, at least temporarily.

To uninstall a program, press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command appwiz.cpl. Press Enter to open the Programs and Features window.

 

Programs and Features

Right-click on the potentially troublesome program and select Uninstall.

3] Update the keyboard drivers

Updating the keyboard drivers could be a helpful solution, especially if you are using an external keyboard.

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Press Enter to open the Device Manager.

Expand the list of the Keyboard drivers and right-click on your driver.

Update driver

Select Update driver.

4] Check if your keyboard has a special function which alternates the keys

Users have reported that the keys got alternated when the press Fn + Windows key. This was a special function of the keyboard. You could press the same keys again to reverse the wrongdoings.

Hope something helps!

Related read: Spacebar or Enter key is not working.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.