How to Fix Windows Alt and F4 Keys Not Working Error on Windows 10

Daisy updated on Mar 24, 2023 | Home >Computer Instruction

Here are the top 6 effective methods to fix Windows Alt and F4 Keys not working errors on Windows 10. Stay tuned with us to check the quick fixes right away. 

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Restart Your PC Step 1. Click the "Start" button...Full steps
Fix 2. Update and Reboot Your PC Step 1. Click the "Start menu" button at your screen's bottom left corner and type Settings...Full steps
Fix 3. Troubleshoot Your Keyboard Step 1. Press the "Win+I" keys...Full steps
Fix 4. Check the Keyboard Driver Step 1. Press the "Win+X" keys together...Full steps
More Solutions Turning off the Sticky keys can be an intelligent way to fix Windows "Alt and F4" Keys not working...Full steps

Being an avid computer user, your fingers are probably set on all the shortcut keys available to speed up your work and multitask efficiently. But in the middle of your work, what if you find that the "Alt+F4" keys have failed to respond? Frustration is loading in your mind. Right? 

Well, the "Alt+F4" shortcut command keys perform various actions. For example, closing the current or active window/app is handy. Moreover, if no programs are open and you are at your desktop, it also helps you shut down your system. Depending on what you have allowed in the Shutdown menu options through your PC's Control Panel, you can use the "Alt+F4" keys to hibernate your system, put it to sleep, and even change users.  

However, despite pressing the keys rightly, system or keyboard errors, hardware problems, etc., could result in such faulty issues.

So if you press the "Alt+F4" keys but get no response, you can check any of the below-given solutions for an easy fix before replacing your keyboard.

Fix 1. Restart Your PC

Restarting your Windows computer must be your first step anytime you encounter any error or problem on your PC. At times restarting your PC can help you solve and fix Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working errors on Windows 10. Check the below-mentioned few ways to restart your PC.

Step 1. Click the "Start" button.

Step 2. Click the "Power" symbol.

Step 3. Choose "Restart."

restart your pc

Alternately, you can press and hold the "Ctrl+Shift+Esc" keys and open "Taskbar" > Click the "File" menu > Tap "Restart."

Additionally, you can use the Windows Security toolbar to restart your Windows computer.

Fix 2. Update and Reboot Your PC

You must update your Windows computer regularly to keep its performance smooth and fast. So you can try updating and rebooting your PC to fix Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working error on Windows 10 with the below-given steps.

Step 1. Click the "Start menu" button at your screen's bottom left corner and type Settings.

Step 2. Click the "Settings" option.

Step 3. Tap on "Update and Security."

Step 4. Now you will see the Updates available or You're up to date options.

Note: Your PC doesn't need an update if you see You're up to date option. However, if you see the Updates available option, update your PC.

Step 5. Finally, update your Windows PC and reboot it. Then try pressing the "Alt+F4" keys again to check if it is working.

Fix 3. Troubleshoot Your Keyboard

Windows PC lets you troubleshoot your keyboard through its built-in tool to diagnose and fix Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working errors on Windows 10. Windows will help you to troubleshoot your keyboard following the below-given process:

Step 1. Press the "Win+I" keys.

Step 2. A search box will appear in the window; type "troubleshoots keyboard."

Step 3. Tap the option Find and fix keyboard problems.

Fix 4. Check the Keyboard Driver

check the keyboard driver

Check your keyboard driver and uninstall and update it to fix Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working errors on Windows 10. Here are the quick steps:

Steps to Uninstall your Keyboard Driver:

Step 1. Press the "Win+X" keys together.

Step 2. Select "Device Manager." (maybe you're engaged in how to open Windows Device Manager)

Step 3. After the Device Manager window opens, double-click the "Keyboards" option.

Step 4. Now right-click the "keyboard driver" you need to uninstall and click the "Uninstall device" option.

Step 5. A prompt window will open to cancel your action or continue with the uninstallation process

Step 6. Finally, restart your PC after uninstalling the driver. Once done, Windows 10 will automatically reinstall it.

Steps to Update your Keyboard Driver:

Access your keyboard driver following the steps mentioned above. Then, 

Step 1. Click "Update driver" in place of Uninstall Device.

Step 2. Next, select the option "Search automatically" for updated driver software.

Now Windows will search for the latest keyboard driver update and install it automatically. Once done, restart your system to save the changes.

Fix 5. Disable the Sticky Keys

Turning off the Sticky keys can be an intelligent way to fix Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working errors on Windows 10. Sticky keys help you retain the function of a key even when you're not holding it. So you can close a window by pressing the Alt key, Fn key, and F4 key instead of pressing them altogether.

Step 1. Click the "Start menu" and type ease of access into the search box.

Step 2. Now click the option "Ease of Access keyboard settings" and open it.

Step 3. Finally, please scroll down and find "Sticky keys" to turn it off.

disable the sticky keys

Fix 6. Consider Replacing Your Keyboard

Even after trying the above solutions, if nothing works, one of the simplest ways to fix the Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working error on Windows 10 is to replace your keyboard. It might also be that the fault lies in itself. Find a new keyboard.

You can buy a new keyboard or replace your older/current one with a new one online or at your local electronics stores. But ensure the new keyboard is compatible with your Windows 10 PC.

After purchasing, connect the new keyboard to your PC with the appropriate cable and check whether the shortcut "Alt+F4" keys are working.


Finding a shortcut key not working can be frustrating, especially on a busy day. However, before drawing any conclusion, you must always check if it is disabled in the settings. If everything's good, you can proceed with multiple ways to resolve your issue.

We have already shared and discussed the top 6 ways to help you smoothly fix Windows "Alt+F4" Keys not working errors on Windows 10.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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