My spacebar only half-works

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GanChan, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    My 2013 Macbook's spacebar has lost its responsiveness on the right side. If I want to make spaces between words, I have to make an extra effort to hit only the center or left portions of the spacebar, which is driving me nuts. I removed the spacebar but didn't see any signs of dirt or breakage, so I just popped it back on, clueless.

    The laptop is out of warranty, so I'm sort of wondering what to do next. Call an independent computer guy? Hand it over to the Geniuses at my local Apple Store? I need to travel with this computer in mid-August, so I can't risk a lengthy repair/return time....
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Apple won't take anywhere near that long to sort it, so I'd take it to an Apple Store. The one thing you don't want to do if you're hoping to avoid a lengthy repair time is take it to an independent computer guy.
  3. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    I took it to the Genius Bar. After some messing around with the key, it's much better, though still not perfect. I'll live with that result for now. It's better than having them replace the entire topcase for $280. :eek:

    I'd actually like to just use a separate keyboard, but I can't figure out how to sprawl comfortably in my recliner with both devices conveniently arranged....
  4. supermariofan25 macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2011
    An option could be to get the new Magic Keyboard from Apple, the keyboard is about the same size and can sit atop the existing keyboard when using the laptop on your lap, only downside is that the keyboard would partially block the bottom bezel of the screen if that annoys you.

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