I did a silly thing last night and deliberately popped the two Command keys off my MacBook Pro’s keyboard, only to find I couldn’t get them back on. Uh oh.
You’d probably wonder why I might remove them in the first place. The answer is that the left one offended me so I plucked it out.
More precisely, for a long time now the left Command key has had a big ugly blotch on it where the paint seems to have worn off or something. It’s been bugging me for ages. A few weeks ago I accidentally dropped an Apple Extended Keyboard and a handful of keys popped off. It was incredibly simple to snap them back on again.
So last night I had a bright idea: why not swap over the Command keys on my MacBook Pro? I would just pop them both off and reattach them on the other side of the spacebar. The first part went smoothly: I slid a small ‘blade’ beneath each, twisted gently, and the key was detached.
Then I laid one key over the space it needed to fill and pressed. Nothing. Repeated attempts and explorations failed to reattach the key. I tore myself away after a while and went to bed.
Then this morning Google helped me find the two posts quoted below. Between the two of them, and with the aid of a jeweller’s screwdriver, I am now once again enjoying fully functional Command keys.
First, I removed the plastic riser-thing from the back of the key cap, and installed it on the keyboard.
You pull up on the top edge of a letter key to snap it off (though the scissor-brackets on the function and arrow keys are sideways, so you pull on one side). Each key is attached to the bracket by two snap-clips (narrow-spaced, towards the top of the key) and two slider clips (wide-spaced, towards the bottom). The side with the snap-clips is the side that you pull up on. Once you remove the key, it is much easier to remove and replace the scissor-brackets, even with just your fingers. To put a key back on, you just snap it back on, pushing slightly in the direction of the snap-clips to ensure the slider-clips are on to begin with.