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Fixing Chrome When the Keyboard Stops Working

Chrome Crashes

Common Browser Issues

Chrome is no doubt the best web browser you can lay hands on these days. It is fast, simple, and smooth, much more so than the programs put out by the competition. However, it does serve up its share of issues, sometimes leaving the user devoid of just what they needed to get work done. It can cause a serious problem when Chrome crashes or freezes for no apparent reason, or when the keyboard stops working.

The last is a fairly common issue, and many people simply react by hard rebooting their computers to get past the annoyance it causes, although that is excessive. If you experience this problem, you should try one of the following things.

  • Hit the Windows key twice. This workaround is very simple, but you would be surprised at how often it does the trick. Press the Windows key once, wait one second, and then press it again. This should get your keyboard back to working the way it is supposed to. Alternatively, launch Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc combo, switch applications, and then switch back.
  • Turn off hardware acceleration. Either of these if left enabled can make the browser slow down to a snail’s pace, and the keyboard not responding can be one of the ways you are made aware of this. Choose the menu icon located at the top right of the program window, and select Settings from there. Scroll down and choose Advanced. Head to the System section and deselect the Use hardware acceleration when available Restart the browser.

Use Hardware Acceleration

  • Turn off the extensions. Some extensions can slow down chrome, especially the IDM extension. You should try turning them off in case when Chrome crashes, or the keyboard stops working. Hit the menu button, and head to More Tools. From here, choose Extensions. On the list, leave all extensions disabled by un-checking the switch next to each. Restart the browser.

Chrome Extensions

  • Check your antivirus. Some programs such as Kaspersky antivirus can cause issues with the smooth running of your favorite browser. Whichever protection software you have on your system, try temporarily disabling its shield features and see if that helps. If it does not, you may want to consider getting a different software, because this one has to go.

  • Clean the cache. Chrome’s cache can fill up pretty quickly, and you may have to clear it manually. When you find chrome not responding to key strokes, choose the menu icon located at the top right of the program window, and select Settings from here. Scroll down and choose Advanced. Select Clear browsing data, and then set the value for Time range as All time. After that, hit Clear data. Restart the browser.

Clear Chrome Browsing Data

  • Switch to Incognito Mode. This browsing mode prevents any cache files from being stored, which is a preference for people who do not want their browsing history laying around for someone else to go through. Your keyboard would typically work all right in Incognito Choose the menu icon located at the top right of the program window, and choose New incognito window. This should bring up a fresh incognito window, and your keyboard should work fine now.

Incognito Window

  • Reinstall Chrome. Simply reinstalling Chrome can get rid of a ton of browser issues for you, and maybe your keyboard troubles fall in that category. Just make sure your data is safe, by signing in to Chrome and getting it synced. Fully remove Chrome from your PC, and then launch IE to download the newest version available online. Run the installer and follow the installation prompts to set up a new version of Chrome, which does not have the same problem with your keyboard as the previously installed one.
  • Update Chrome: Bypass the removal and installation by simply updating Chrome to its latest version. Maybe your browser is already set to do this automatically, but if it is not, you will need to manually check online for any new compatible versions. Choose the menu icon located at the top right of the program window, click on Help, and select About Google Chrome. The new tab that comes up will have information about your current version, as well as any available updates you can download. After updating, restart the browser to let the necessary changes take effect.

Update Google Chrome


  • Reset Chrome: Often, all it takes to bring Chrome back to its nice self is a full reset. Resetting to default can rid the browser of corrupted data and problematic extensions. Choose the menu icon located at the top right of the program window, and select Settings from here. Scroll down and choose Advanced. Choose the Restore settings to their original defaults option, and then hit the Reset settings Chrome will automatically restart, so wait for that to happen.

Reset Chrome Settings




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