You turn on your PC and begin working as usual. But every character you types suddenly result in reverse, and it keeps doing that. This annoying problem, fortunately, has a solution. Here’s how to fix keyboard typing backward on Windows 10 and Windows 11 (and practically other versions of Windows).
This problem turns out to be more common, and some solutions might work and some might not. But usually, this problem is possible to get solved, especially if this is caused by misconfiguration of keyboard or region settings.
How to fix keyboard typing backward on Windows 10 and Windows 11
Make sure you set the right region
Setting the wrong region on your Windows PC might affect your keyboard settings too. But if you use English but the characters you type result in reverse, that’s annoying.
Go to the Settings app, select Time and Language, select Region.
Make sure you select the right country and select English in the “Regional format” section. Try restarting your computer if the change doesn’t immediately happen.
Troubleshoot the keyboard using the troubleshooter
Windows has the famous troubleshooter and usually works to fix practical problems that it can solve, like the wrong configuration or uninstalled driver.
You can access it by opening the Settings. Select Update and Security, select Troubleshoot, select Additional troubleshooter. In the Keyboard section, select it, then select Run the troubleshooter below it.
Wrong typing direction
Windows easily let you switch typing directions from “left-to-right” to “right-to-left”. If you accidentally did this, you can fix it by pressing keyboard shortcuts.
- CTRL+Right Shift for right-to-left
- CTRL+Left Shift for left-to-right
Re-install the keyboard driver if possible
This might not be easy, but if your keyboard still types backward then try re-installing the keyboard driver. Typing backward if it isn’t caused by the wrong region or keyboard settings isn’t normal, and re-installing the driver might be a good solution.
However, you probably need to make sure you have the official keyboard driver which you can download usually from your laptop’s brand official website.
You don’t want to struggle to find a replacement driver after you have uninstalled it of course. Windows Update might also take time to provide you the keyboard driver as well.
Uninstall the driver through the Device Manager once you’re ready. Press the Windows+X to open a menu, and select Device Manager.
Expand the “Keyboards” toggle. Right-click at the driver below it, and select Uninstall. After uninstalling, restart your PC.
Check your Windows Update immediately. If Windows Update doesn’t give you the keyboard driver, install the one you have already downloaded as mentioned earlier.
It’s annoying to find your keyboard typing backward. Fortunately, there are solutions that can fix the problem so you can type normally and be productive again.
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