I try to keep track of what I'm using but nothing seems to trigger it. I'd think if if was a hardware issue, the arrow keys would not work regardless of what other keys are used at the same time. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. You could try the old boot to safe mode and head to device manager and remove all the keyboards there method. Or I could be using Firefox and I try to correct a typing error and notice my arrow key doesn't work. Guys I have a Dell Inspiron 5559. Black Friday 2020: The best deals still available at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart and more, PS5 restock: Check inventory at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more for Cyber Monday weekend, Best Amazon Black Friday deals you can get now: $65 Echo Show 8, $60 Amazfit smartwatch, $29 Echo Dot and more, Follow this discussion and email me when there are updates. I suggest you report the problem as the more who do, the more pressure DELL have to fix it, they may release a driver to fix it  presuming it is driver related (see link at bottom). Press F5 to load the default settings, then press F10 to accept the changes. Assuming windows auto-detects the hardware and loads the correct drivers. I migrated from Ubuntu to Arcolinux. But who knows?I checked the device manager. Still not working. Cheers for the heads up, glad this problem is finally fixed. Once it finishes updating and rebooting, I'll reboot it manually and start in safe-mode and remove the device drivers. When I use the arrow keys in conjunction with the Shift or Control keys, they work fine. If after a few days I still have use of my arrow keys, then I guess deleting the drivers may have worked. I've noticed when I press the Left and Up Arrow Keys together, they do not work. Auto-suggest helps you quickly narrow down your search results by suggesting possible matches as you type. I'm thinking the hardware is not the issue since the arrow keys do work, albeit only when the shift, control, or both are used with them. I'm not sure what triggers the keys not working. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community. On most keyboards, it's located in the control keys section of the keyboard, above the arrow keys or right of the function keys. If I reboot, and use the computer as normally as possible, I may notice the arrow keys not working anywhere from a few hours to a few days after rebooting. http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6122_102-5509131.html?tag=posts;msg5509131, Car Parts, Gadgets, & How-to's - Roadshow. I installed the latest bios update and the problem was fixed. Please could you tell me how this can be fixed? brismith has chosen the best answer to their question. Press it and see if the cursor starts movingagain. I can press Shift+Arrow and I can highlight text, like it should do. I have taken extremely good care of my Laptop since receiving it and have done nothing to cause this issue. The fact that you were able to get the key combination to work using an external keyboard points to a hardware issue with the keyboard. (Last updated 6/6/2014)As your link suggested...Ad-Aware found no issues. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. My problem happens whether I'm in a browser, in MS Word, text document, or any program.I do not have any games on my computer so it's unlikely that a game has changed the function of my keys. Cause of Arrow Keys Not Working in Excel . And when you say this will come back on a reboot, you are meaning that the device driver(s) will be reloaded, correct? Due to having no clue whether to when, and more importantly if, anyone was ever going to reply to me I decided to email them requesting a refund on my product and how there product doesn't fit with the Consumer Rights Act. I remember updating Windows 3.1 from 3.0 and using about 20 "floppy" disks. I have tried this combination of keys in many different circumstances, on several applications, but they will not work as they are supposed to. So I'm installing the new updates now. If someone knows what my problem is, I'd appreciate the help. The most common cause for arrow keys not working in Excel is scroll lock being enabled. Each driver has the same date (21/06/2006) and same version (6.1.7601.17514). Or I can press Control+Arrow key and jump around a document, like it should do. I also used the keys on the number pad when I was using number lock, and though the left and right keys (4 and 6) were working, the up and down (8 and 2) keys were not working. I don't recall.I did a driver update search on each of the drivers and windows says they are all the most current.I checked for any new windows updates and there were some. They sometimes screw up and I'm scanning like crazy to see what's crawled into this PC. keyboard. There are 2 "HID Keyboard Device", and 1 "Standard PS/2 Keyboard". If it's the Keyboard Model itself, I imagine DELL will ignore it is too inconvenient to fix there own faulty product. I thought about using the "restore" feature, and went back a couple of months. I always worry about people that use that as a serious option right away. It took 4 days this time, but eventually the arrow keys stopped working again. Hey everyone, I have recently encountered a problem on my New Dell Inspiron 5559. I've noticed when I press the Left and Up Arrow Keys together, they do not work. I've tried pressing the f7 as some have suggested in other posts, and this does not work. The most it has gone is three day. If I don't post again it means the problem is resolved. Glad we have this fixed now. Hi everybody, I hope you all are good. share ... Rhythmbox Music Player is getting opened when arrow Keys(up, down, right, left) are tapped. Ask anything you need, happy to help. Please remember to be considerate of other members. We know that there are many bugs in drivers and this OS and some may take days for them to appear. But we now know the problem is with the system. Haven't contacted Dell yet as I expect I'll get the generic "deal with it" response since it appears to be this way by design. I use NoScript for FirefoxI have the free version of Avast always running. This problem only started about a month ago. Thank you for being a valued part of the CNET community. Quite frankly I found this claim ridiculous as the vast majority of Laptops aren't designed for Gaming but never have this problem, Gaming Laptops are for Enhancing Gaming not being exclusively able to play games. My problem is on a laptop, and only happens when the arrow keys alone are pressed. I won't know for a few days if anything was "fixed". As usual after a reboot, everything works as it should. Rkill terminated one process (DellSystemDetect.com) and found no issues. All windows security updates are installed. Remember we're assuming the hardware is fine. That is what you were talking about, right? I faced the same problem with the up and left arrow key. But when used alone, the arrow keys do not work, to move the cursor in any direction, up, down, or left or right. You can use Alt or Shift plus the arrows to advance more frames. Since then I have given the Laptop to a relative and am pursuing getting a Custom Built Desktop instead of this as DELL just aren't willing to help yet keep assuring me of a quick fix. While I can't write it's a sure fire cure, it's one of those procedures we do to avoid a wipe and fresh install.Bob. ?I have windows 7, on a Dell Vostro 1520, with 4 GB of ram and 750MB HDD. I could be using MS Word, typing away and moving the cursor around with no problems, then suddenly the arrow keys don't work. This is also my second Laptop, the first had a Stuck Space bar so was unusable. © 2020 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. IF not, well, there are many other possible things that might have happened. These buttons will work individually, and any other two of the arrow keys work when pressed together. Finally a reply claim and despite my long email with numerous points they had to respond to, I got a two sentence message saying that the product was working as intended due to it not being designed for gaming. Well Bob, things are still good. But when used alone, the arrow keys do not work, to move the cursor in any direction, up, down, or left or right. Calling Dell is one option. Both of them are doing this, which is one of the reasons I returned the first one. So why is this the only program I know of where the arrow keys work by themselves?I'm going to uninstall the VLC program and see if this changes anything. Because at the moment, the keyboard is not functioning as it is intended, and is causing major problems. Make the call?Bob. I've noticed when I press the Left and Up Arrow Keys together, they do not work. I'm not sure why there are three. SUPPORT. In early 2021, CNET Forums will no longer be available. Perhaps this problem is for all such sets of four keys. Can someone confirm if this is normal? And they work with just the arrow keys. I was just watching a movie using VLC, and it just dawned on me that I use the arrow keys to advance the frames forward and backwards a few seconds. And all had gone good. Simply reloading the keyboard drivers may have been the fix, and I hope so.Thanks for your assistance.