Why are laptop keys so darn hard to put back on? If I wanted to clean the keyboard on my old windows 95 gateway computer, it was literally just a snap. Pull the keys off, clean and press them back on. With my modern gateway laptop, it is a huge pain in the ass to even put one key back on. They aren't simply snap and you're done. You have to finagle a piece of plastic that is attached to and swings on the back of the key with another free piece of plastic back onto the board itself.