Fixing Keyboard Typing Backwards Problem - 7 Quick & Easy Fixes

Lindsay Hayes

If your keyboard is typing backwards, a keyboard driver might be bugging out. You will have to delete and reinstall it. It will reinstall automatically with the latest software version.

The problem can also be due to accidentally changing your keyboard settings to type right to left. You will have to press the Ctrl + Left shift to fix this.

I recently faced the problem, and I figured that this was due to a minor bug. I was able to get rid of it by updating my driver.

I ran through how I managed this, as well as all the other possible solutions you can try.


How Do You Fix Keyboard Typing Backwards?

There are many fixes to get rid of the keyboard typing backward problem, and they include:

Office Worker Working on the Computer

Solution 1: Restart Your Computer

Restarting your computer might do the trick. The problem may be due to a minor software glitch which the restart should be able to clear.

I probably don't need to tell you how to reboot your PC, but here's what you do:

Solution 2: Run Keyboard Troubleshooter

If it's a more stubborn glitch that you're dealing with, you can launch the keyboard troubleshooter to get rid of it.

Here's how:

Solution 3: Update Your Operating System

Sometimes, the issue can be due to an outdated operating system. You probably haven't updated it in a while so it could be bugging out.

If you're using an older Windows version, update prompts may have been appearing.

Follow the below steps to fix this:

You will have to sit back and relax until the latest updates are installed. It could take a while, as the particular update that you're installing may be large.

Solution 4: Reinstall Keyboard Driver

As mentioned earlier, I was stuck with a backward typing keyboard because a driver was bugging out.

To fix this, I had to open the Device Manager, and then uninstall the driver.

Follow the below steps to do this:

Solution 5: Change Keyboard Shortcut

Your keys may be acting up because you changed your Keyboard settings. There is an option that will let you start typing from right to left.

To fix the backward typing, press the CTRL and Right Shift key together.

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Solution 6: Change Region Settings

Although I haven't had luck with this fix before, I know quite a few users who have been able to get their keyboard working again by changing their computer's regional format.

Here's how:

Solution 7: Change Browser Settings

Some browsers come with special settings that allow you to type backwards. You may have enabled this feature and forgotten to change it back.

You will know if this is what you're dealing with if your keyboard gives you trouble only on these apps.

Here's what you do on Google Chrome:

If the above didn't help, double-check your extensions. Follow the below tips to get rid of the right typing:

You can also try resetting Google Chrome Settings. This will revert any faulty configurations that you've saved. Just remember that all your customizations would be cleared, so you will have to set them back up again from the top.

Here's what you do:


Answered below are some popular questions.

Why is My Keyboard Typing Backwards?

There are many possible reasons why your keyboard may be typing backwards:

Why is My Laptop's Keyboard Acting Weird?

If your laptop keeps malfunctioning, regardless of whether it's typing backwards, you could be dealing with a minor software problem. Either restart your computer or update your driver software.

Quite a few users have noticed their keyboard malfunction after they've enabled the Num Lock button. You can disable this by pressing the Num lock key and the Fn button at the same time.

Man Typing on Wireless Computer Keyboard

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Final Thoughts

There are many reasons why your laptop keyboard or external keyboard is giving trouble. You could be dealing with an outdated keyboard driver.

You will have to delete and reinstall the keyboard drivers, then reinstall them with the latest software version.

The problem can also be due to your keyboard settings being configured incorrectly. You may have done this by accident.

I not only ran through how you can change your keyboard typing direction, but also some additional information.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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