• November 29, 2023

WASD have swapped places with arrows – what to do?

Some Windows users are faced with an extremely strange problem: their WASD keys have swapped places with the arrows. This “problem” occurs on all versions of Windows, however, Windows 10 owners are most often complaining about it.

Why did WASD swap places with arrows?

  • The keyboard lacks USB 3.0 support. This problem can occur if you are using an old keyboard that does not work with USB 3.0.
  • A special option to change key functions has been activated. Some models of keyboards have an option, by activating which the WASD keys and arrows are instantly swapped. Typically, these are mechanical gaming keyboards.

WASD have swapped places with arrows – what to do?

Method # 1 Reconnecting the keyboard

For some users, a simple keyboard reconnection was enough. Is your keyboard plugged into USB 3.0? Try plugging it into a regular USB 2.0 and see if the problem is resolved. Remember: USB 3.0 is blue, USB 2.0 is black.

Method # 2 Disabling the option to change the functions of the keys

Perhaps you mistakenly pressed a special key combination on your keyboard with which you can change the location of the WASD and arrows. This option is found on a variety of mid to high end keyboards, especially mechanical keyboards from brands such as Cooler Master, Ajazz, RedDragon, and Digital Alliance.

In most cases, this option is enabled immediately and without any warning. Simply put, you could activate it by playing a video game or typing text and not even notice it.

Fortunately, many keyboards reset this option with the FN + W key combination. If it didn’t work for you, then you can try others:

  • FN + Win;
  • hold FN + E for five seconds or more;
  • FN + ESC;
  • FN + Left arrow.

We also recommend that you read about the capabilities of your keyboard on the official website of its manufacturer. Then you will surely understand if it has the option to change WASD with arrows or not.

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