Introdução

This applies to all 13" and 15" models of the Macbook Pro 2016 and possibly 2017 (untested). Information has been adapted and expanded on from @thebookyard's excellent answer to a similar question: Does anyone know how to properly remove and replace spacebar.

Read the guide before attempting!

Peças

Não são necessárias peças.

Before you start, READ THE WHOLE GUIDE FIRST. This is fiddly and you especially need to see the bottom of the key before you start (steps 8 and 9). If you aren't careful you will damage your spacebar, and spares are currently difficult or impossible to obtain due to the laptop's newness.
  • Before you start, READ THE WHOLE GUIDE FIRST. This is fiddly and you especially need to see the bottom of the key before you start (steps 8 and 9). If you aren't careful you will damage your spacebar, and spares are currently difficult or impossible to obtain due to the laptop's newness.

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Turn off your MacBook Pro and clean around the space bar using a cotton bud and isopropyl alcohol. This will help to prevent excess dirt from falling under the space bar, which will your problems.
  • Turn off your MacBook Pro and clean around the space bar using a cotton bud and isopropyl alcohol. This will help to prevent excess dirt from falling under the space bar, which will your problems.

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The spacebar on the 2016 MacBook Pro has 3 layers: the top black layer (the keycap), an intermediate white plastic layer (the scissor clip) and the bottom layer (the base of the keyboard). We are going to work our way between the keycap and the scissor clip, as this way the keycap can be removed, cleaned and replaced without damage.
  • The spacebar on the 2016 MacBook Pro has 3 layers: the top black layer (the keycap), an intermediate white plastic layer (the scissor clip) and the bottom layer (the base of the keyboard). We are going to work our way between the keycap and the scissor clip, as this way the keycap can be removed, cleaned and replaced without damage.

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Slide a thin guitar pick or card (not a credit card, most are too thick) vertically down the right edge of the key.
  • Slide a thin guitar pick or card (not a credit card, most are too thick) vertically down the right edge of the key.

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Push the pick right and down from its top. This should pull the edge of the keycap up. Make sure not to push the pick to the left (inwards, under the key) yet. If you push the pick left too early, it will end up under the scissor clip.
  • Push the pick right and down from its top. This should pull the edge of the keycap up. Make sure not to push the pick to the left (inwards, under the key) yet. If you push the pick left too early, it will end up under the scissor clip.

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Once the pick is horizontal, push it in towards the centre of the key. You should feel some resistance. Twist the pick and the first clip should pop free. This does not require much force.
  • Once the pick is horizontal, push it in towards the centre of the key. You should feel some resistance. Twist the pick and the first clip should pop free. This does not require much force.

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  • Working from the top of the key now, repeat the process for the other 3 clips along the key. When you have done this, the key will be hinged at the bottom and free at the top. You should be able to rotate the key so it is almost vertical, and lift it out with no resistance.

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Using a cotton bud and some isopropyl alcohol, clean under the key. Remove any crumbs with a pair of fine tweezers.
  • Using a cotton bud and some isopropyl alcohol, clean under the key. Remove any crumbs with a pair of fine tweezers.

  • Yes, I know my laptop is on. Do as I say, not as I do!

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Note the different types of clip on the key. The ones on the right in the photo should go into the trackpad side of the keyboard, where they sit in small holes. Put the bottom side of the key in, ensuring it sits in the holes.
  • Note the different types of clip on the key. The ones on the right in the photo should go into the trackpad side of the keyboard, where they sit in small holes. Put the bottom side of the key in, ensuring it sits in the holes.

  • You can see from the shape of the clips on the right why you have to take the key off from the top side. If you try from the bottom, you'll break the clip like I did on the bottom right in the photo.

  • Don't worry too much about broken clips. My space bar still works well despite 3/8 of the clips having been broken in the making of this guide. Hopefully you'll be more successful with the proper knowledge beforehand.

The 2 clips in the lower side of the photo are broken from being removed. The pick was shoved in too hard and damaged them more than likely.

This may prove helpful. It takes a gentle touch, not shoving the pick in through the side.

https://thebookyard.wordpress.com/2018/0...

Jon Ridley - Responder

  • Finally, press along the top side of the key to reconnect the four clips. The key is now replaced.

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2 outras pessoas concluíram este guia.

Richard Coleman

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This does not belong on teardowns, it belongs in repairs.

lolman9999 lols & more - Responder

I agree too.

Jose Silva -

Will this work for other keys on the keyboard? My “A” key has something stuck underneath it.

Ken Powers - Responder

I’d use one of the many video guides on YouTube for that. The normal keys are easier than the space bar, but it’s basically the same; there are two clips at the top of the key that you can undo with a pick and two hooks at the bottom that allow you to remove the key once the clips are out.

Richard Coleman -

I have a special problem with the keys. Some keys are significantly brighter than others in my 2017 MBP. I suppose that the keycap has the diffusor layer what can cause this phenomenon. Am I right? Because in this case the replacement will solve this problem…

Gabor - Responder

What if I removed the butterfly level as well? Can I just glue the upper part with 2 small drops of glue? Where would be the best place? Was it glued before because it doesn’t pop in again.

Marco - Responder

The 2 clips in the lower side of the photo are broken from being removed. The pick was shoved in too hard and damaged them more than likely.

This may prove helpful. It takes a gentle touch, not shoving the pick in through the side.

This applies for all butterfly clip types. So 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro ranges, and 12” MacBook ranges from 2015-2016

https://thebookyard.wordpress.com/2018/0...

Jon Ridley - Responder

Thanks Jon. Extremely helpful. In your excellent blogpost you mention glueing the dome mount. Mine has become loose and wonder what type of glue you recommend?

paulm -

Has anyone done the euro (Germany) Macbook Pro 2016 return key? Its the 180° turned L shaped one.

I have done several of other keys, however I am somewhat afraid of doing the return key. I dont know on which side the c shaped hooks are and on which side the L shaped hooks. If I start on the wrong side, I am likely going to break the key.

Does anyone have a picture of the underside of that key?

farisx - Responder

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