2016 MBP squishy enter key

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by R3k, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. R3k macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2011
    Sep 7, 2011
    Anyone else having this behavior? All keys were giving a satisfying click when I bought it, but after two weeks the enter key alone feels quite different- "squishy". I'm wondering if it's on the way out...
  2. npreq macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2016
    Ah, same problem as I have. It's usually something stuck below the key. What I do is shake the mac a bit, and if that doesn't fix the key i try pressing on the key hard to squich/crack whatever is below it. Ideally I'd just lift the key and clean out whatever is beneath/fix the mechanism, but the internet is mum on how one would exactly do that..
  3. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    I had a squishy shift key. I removed the key cap but there was nothing underneath it. Just a crappy mechanism. I got really fed up with it and exchanged it in store today and finally got a good one.

    FYI, to remove the key caps on butterfly mechanism keyboards:

    It's a very finicky process and they are quite easy to break. However, you can half-remove them so they hinge upwards from the bottom, which gives enough room to remove debris (especially if you have compressed air) without much risk.

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    • Get a guitar pick, or, if you don't have one of those, a sheet of decent quality paper will do
      • If using a pick, prise up the top part of the key cap. It takes quite a bit of force.
      • If using paper, slide the paper into the crevice above the key cap as far as it will go, and then wiggle the paper to the left or right edge of the key cap so that the paper is under the corner of the key. Prise up the top part of the key cap. It takes quite a bit of force.
    • On the shift key (pictured) there are two clips - one on the left, and one on the right. On other keys there may be just one, or more in the case of bigger keys like the space bar
    • Keep pulling until the clip(s) un-click. Now the key cap will hinge from the bottom as pictured, allowing you to clean underneath
    If not absolutely required, do not remove the bottom clips as these can break very easily.

    To replace the key cap, simply press down on the top part so the clip(s) re-seat.

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