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How To Fix Spacebar Not Working In Windows 11?

The issue can be fixed by disabling sticky key feature, running a troubleshooting scan, and undoing Windows updates.

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Many Windows 11 users have reported an issue with their keyboard where their spacebar isn’t working. Corrupt files, faulty drivers, and damaged hardware are some culprits for this trouble. When I encountered the same issue, certain solutions successfully restored the input for my spacebar key, such as reinstalling the Keyboard drivers.

Key Takeaways
  • Spacebar malfunction is often caused by underlying hardware issues, software bugs, driver incompatibility, Windows update incompatibility, or corrupted system files.
  • Fix the key’s performance by updating Keyboard drivers, executing Keyboard troubleshooter, and disabling Sticky Keys.
  • Use the on-screen keyboard to add spaces between text when the spacebar is unresponsive.

Method Difficulty Rating

Inspect Hardware
Rated: 3/10

Disable Sticky Keys
Rated: 2/10

Undo Windows Update
Rated: 4/10


Tip: Try quick fixes like power cycling the PC, running the Keyboard troubleshooter, reinstalling/updating Keyboard drivers, updating Windows 11.

Check For Hardware Issues

Foremost, rule out the cause of a faulty keyboard. If you use a PC keyboard, try plugging it into a different USB port to ensure it is not the issue. If not, connect a different keyboard to the PC and see if it works. 

For laptop keyboards, plug in an external keyboard or use an on-screen keyboard with Windows + Ctrl + O to check if something is wrong with the spacebar key.


Disable Sticky Keys

The Sticky Keys feature lets you use keyboard shortcuts more efficiently by keeping the particular keys locked for further input. For example, if I press the Windows key once, it remains locked. Subsequently, pressing the R key launches the Run command box.

Despite Sticky Keys being of great help, it could sometimes cause keys to become non-functional to click. So, turn it off and see if the issue goes away on your end, as it did for me.

  1. Access Keyboard Settings: Open the Windows 11 Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard.
  2. Turn Off Sticky Keys: Disable the toggle in front of Sticky Keys.
    disabling sticky keys
    Disable Sticky Keys (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Undo Windows Updates

Users on Microsoft Community reported facing the issue after their computer was forced to install a Windows update. Although the particular thread refers to Windows 10, the problem applies to Windows 11. 

Hence, look if your system installed any recent Windows updates that could be causing the spacebar trouble. If yes, uninstall them with the following steps.

  1. Navigate Control Panel: Access Control Panel > Programs.
  2. See Installed Updates: Click on View Installed Updates.
    View Updates
    Select View Installed Updates (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Uninstall Update: Right-click on the most recent update for Microsoft Windows > Uninstall.
    Uninstall Updates
    Uninstall Windows Updates (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Wrap Up

The spacebar not working in Windows 11 issue has come up frequently for several users. For this particular Reddit user, pressing the Windows key twice resumed the spacebar’s operation.

Spacebar intermittently not working
byu/xoskrad inWindows11

However, this is a random fix that might not work for everybody. So, resort to the ones I detailed in the above section to restore the input of your spacebar key. Lastly, if it’s a hardware issue, there is no other option than to replace the keyboard, but get it checked with a technician first to see if the spacebar key could be replaced.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Spacebar Not Working In Windows 11?

A few reasons are hardware issues, software bugs, driver incompatibility, and corrupted system files.

Can I Use My PC If The Spacebar Isn’t Working?

Try the on-screen keyboard if you need to use the spacebar urgently or connect an external one.

Can Dust And Debris Be Why My Spacebar In Windows 11 Is Not Working?

Dust and debris often get between the keyboard keys. Therefore, when you press these keys, they cannot function properly.


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