Apple keyboard lid won't open due to battery leakage

If you are like me, you had a wireless Apple keyboard where there was AA batteries leakage and the threaded lid won’t open. Something definitely to dread, especially when the replacement costs isn’t cheap.
I hadn’t used my keyboard for a while until I found this. I saw white grains around my desk and realised that there had been a battery leakage (some white corrosion is outside the threaded lid area).
The corrosion joined the parts together strongly in a chemical fusion.
I immediately tried to open it but no methods seemed to work, I used a coin, pliers, a screw driver with no avail.
I followed someone’s tip online and removed the bluetooth module cover removes by squeezing the sides of the plastic tube together, which allows a jeweller’s screwdriver to get under the rear edge and gently lever it up. I did this but just couldn’t make it through to the battery.

Steps to try free your Apple keyboard lid

I am writing this article to show you some photos of what I experienced, and some suggested steps to try. This includes:

  • a coin
  • a coin with pliers
  • a screw driver
  • opening the bluetooth module cover
  • pour vinegar inside to dissolve the corrosion

Apple keyboard lid won’t open due to battery leakage

Here’s an Apple forum discussion on this topic if you’re looking for others in the same boat and my photos below.

Here’s the wireless Apple keyboard battery opening spot, you’ll see the corrosion around it.

Removing the bluetooth cover will give you this view
If you’re wondering, I couldn’t successfully fix it. I could see the battery within the bluetooth gap, but couldn’t break through it and adding vinegar didn’t work. Hopefully you might have some luck if you have this issue and you’re reading this! 


How to get your application back on your screen on an Apple Mac

This is a quick guide on how to get your application back on your screen on an Apple Mac.

Application that is opened is missing from your screen on an Apple Mac

This is a common problem often happens when you use an additional external monitor (An Apple Thunderbolt Monitor) as the Apple Mac remembers where you previously had the application open, and that was on the external monitor.

Why does it happen?

The problem occurs when your Apple Mac continues to remember that your application was open on the external monitor even you are not using an external monitor anymore. So the application is open but is stuck, lost, and hidden somewhere where you cannot see it.
To resolve it, you can try follow the following steps.

Step 1 – Find your open application’s menu

Go to your application and find the menu. In my example, I am trying to find my Microsoft PowerPoint screen which is hidden away – as I last opened a PowerPoint on my external monitor.

Step 2 – Find the Window option in the Menu
Step 3 – Select “Zoom Window”

Your application should now be on your screen now.
I just did this now, which is why I am writing this guide as I wanted to share this your finding with you 😉