Here’s a quick tip that can save your bacon in a pinch.  Keep an inexpensive corded keyboard on hand that plugs into a USB port. Even if you normally use a wireless keyboard or even if the only computer you have is a laptop.

corded-keyboard

I was reminded of this recently when I got a panicked message from a friend whose laptop keyboard stopped working suddenly. Because he couldn’t type his password, hie couldn’t even log into his computer. That was a problem at his small business. I actually have a backup keyboard in the closet that I pulled out and rushed over to him.

A backup plugin keyboard can come in handy if an update disagrees with the drivers for your current keyboard, the Bluetooth or wireless transmitter for a wireless keyboard fails, or if your keyboard has a mechanical problem.

Keyboards can be found on Amazon for as little as $15. It’s a handy thing to have on hand in case the worst happens.