Windows Tab Not Working: How to Fix It?

Do you have a problem where the Windows tab key doesn’t work? This can be a big problem, especially if you rely on the tab key to move between fields. In this article, we will show you how to fix the Windows tab key so that it starts working again.

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What Prevents the TAB key from Working on Windows?

There are a few different things that can prevent the tab key from working on Windows.

  • The most common cause is a problem with the drivers. If you have recently installed new drivers or updated your existing drivers, this can cause the tab key to stop working because of incompatibility.
  • It is also possible that the keyboard is damaged or not working properly. If you have another keyboard that you can try, that may be the solution. Another possibility is that there is a problem with the Windows operating system itself. This is less common but can still be the cause of tab key problems.
  • The TeamViewer app is also known to cause tab key problems. This is because the app grabs the focus away from other applications. If you are using TeamViewer and having tab key issues, you can try disabling it temporarily to see if that fixes the problem.
  • Another common cause is a conflict with another program. If you have installed any new programs lately, this can be the cause of the problem.
  • Windows Explorer error can also cause the tab key to stop working.
  • Sometimes other peripheral devices such as external keyboards, mice, game controllers, and others can also cause this error.
  • Finally, there is a possibility that the tab key might have accidentally been disabled in the Windows Registry. If this is the case, you will need to enable it in order to get the tab key working again.

How to fix Windows Tab Not Working?

If your tab key is not working, there are a few things you can try to fix the problem.

Clean your Keyboard

If you think the problem might be with your keyboard, the first thing you can do is try cleaning it. You can use a can of compressed air to blow dust out of the keys. If your keyboard is really dirty, you can use a mild soap and water solution to clean it.


Check Hardware issues

If you’re having issues with the tab key, it’s also worth checking to see if there are any hardware problems. First, make sure that your keyboard is properly plugged into your computer. If it is, try unplugging it and plugging it back in.

If you’re using a wireless keyboard, make sure the batteries are charged. Try using a different keyboard if the problem persists.

If you’re still having problems, it’s possible that there is a problem with your computer’s drivers. This is particularly common if you’re using an older computer.


Update the Keyboard Driver

If you are having tab key issues, the first thing you should try is updating the keyboard driver. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Start button, and select Device Manager from the list.device manager windows 11
  2. Expand the Keyboard driver section.keyboards driver
  3. Right-click on your keyboard and select Update driver.update keyboard drivers
  4. Next, select Search automatically for drivers.search automatically for keyboard driver
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to update the driver.

Run Keyboard Troubleshooter

If you’re still having problems, Microsoft has a keyboard troubleshooter that can help. Here are the steps to run the troubleshooter:

  1. Click on the Start button and open Settings.open windows 11 settings
  2. Switch to the System tab, and select Troubleshoot on the right.troubleshoot-windows-11
  3. Next, choose Other troubleshooters.other-troubleshooters-win-11
  4. Under Other troubleshooters, click on the Run button next to Keyboard. This will start the keyboard troubleshooting and fix any detected problem.run keyboard troubleshoot

Remove all Keyboard layouts except the US QWERTY

If you have multiple keyboard layouts installed on your computer, it’s possible that the issue is caused by one of them. In that case, you can try removing all of the keyboard layouts except for the US QWERTY layout.

Here is how to do that:

  1. Open Windows Settings and from the left pane switch to Time & language.windows time & language
  2. Under the Time & language settings, select Language & region.language & region
  3. Click on the three dots next to the English (United States) language pack and select Language options.language options
  4. Scroll down and look for any other keyboard than US QWERTY.other qwerty keyboard
  5. Click on the three dots and select Remove.remove keyboard

Remove and Re-add the US QWERTY

If you’re still having trouble with your tab key after removing all the other keyboard layouts, you can try removing and re-adding the English (United States) layout. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Windows Settings and from the left pane switch to Time & language.
  2. Under the Time & language settings, select Language & region.
  3. Click on the three dots next to the English (United States) language pack and select Language options.
  4. Scroll down and check if there are any other keyboards added than the US QWERTY.
  5. If there are no other keyboards, click on the Add a keyboard button and add one.add keyboard
  6. Now, click on the three dots next to US QWERTY and select Remove.remove us qwerty
  7. After removing it, re-add it by clicking on Add a keyboard.

Use the ON-screen keyboard

If you’re still having trouble with your tab key, you can try using the on-screen keyboard. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Windows Settings and from the left pane switch to the Accessibility option.windows accessibility
  2. Scroll down and click on Keyboard under Interaction.keyboard interaction
  3. Under the Keyboard option, turn on the button to enable the On-screen keyboard.enable on-screen keyboard
  4. The on-screen keyboard will be enabled. Use the Quote key on it using the mouse or taping on a touch screen.on screen keyboard

Uninstall any Hotkey Application

There are some hotkey or keyboard macros applications that can interfere with the Windows keyboard shortcuts. If you have any hotkey application installed on your computer, try uninstalling it and see if that fixes the issue.


Summing Up

If your Windows tab key is not working, there are a few things you can try to fix the problem. The most common cause is a conflict with another program or driver. You can also try updating the keyboard driver or running the keyboard troubleshooter. If all else fails, you can try using the on-screen keyboard.

We hope this article helped you fix the problem. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

What if the tab key is still not working after following these steps?

If the tab key is still not working after following these steps, you can try contacting Microsoft support or taking your computer to a local repair shop.

My computer is not responding to any keys. What can I do?

If your computer is not responding to any keys, you can try restarting it or checking for hardware issues. Additionally, you can try using a different keyboard to see if that fixes the problem. If all else fails, you can try contacting Microsoft support or taking your computer to a local repair shop.

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