How to Unlock Keyboard on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you facing the frustrating issue of a locked keyboard on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this comprehensive tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to unlock your keyboard on a Mac, so you can get back to typing with ease.

Method 1: Using the Keyboard Viewer

If you suspect that your keyboard is locked due to an accidental key combination, using the Keyboard Viewer can help you identify and resolve the issue.

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
  • Step 2: In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard”.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the “Keyboard” tab and check the box next to “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar”.
  • Step 4: Click on the new icon that appears in your menu bar, which looks like a small keyboard.
  • Step 5: Choose “Show Keyboard Viewer” from the drop-down menu.

The Keyboard Viewer will display a virtual representation of your keyboard. Pressing any key on your physical keyboard will highlight its corresponding key in the virtual viewer. If any keys appear stuck or highlighted, try pressing them again to release them.

Method 2: Resetting SMC (System Management Controller)

If Method 1 didn’t work for you, resetting the SMC may help resolve any underlying hardware issues causing your keyboard to lock. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Shut down your Mac completely.
  • Step 2: Connect your Mac to a power source.
  • Step 3: On the built-in keyboard, press and hold the Shift, Control, and Option keys on the left side, then press the power button simultaneously.
  • Step 4: Release all the keys and turn on your Mac by pressing the power button.

Your Mac’s SMC will now be reset. Check if your keyboard is unlocked after the restart.

Method 3: Checking Accessibility Settings

In some cases, certain accessibility settings on your Mac can inadvertently lock your keyboard. Follow these steps to ensure that these settings are not causing the issue:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”.
  • Step 2: In System Preferences, click on “Accessibility”.
  • Step 3: Navigate through different options like “Keyboard”, “Mouse & Trackpad”, and “Switch Control” to see if any settings are enabled that might lock your keyboard.
  • Step 4: If you find any enabled settings that could be causing the issue, uncheck or adjust them accordingly.

This should help you unlock your keyboard by disabling any accessibility features that might be interfering with its normal functioning.

In Conclusion

The next time you find yourself dealing with a locked keyboard on your Mac, don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to unlock it using either the Keyboard Viewer, resetting SMC, or checking accessibility settings. By doing so, you’ll be able to resume your work without any further interruptions.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. Happy typing!

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