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How to Turn On the Keyboard Light

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This article will show you how to turn on the keyboard lights on computers that have this capability, such as Windows and macOS.

How do I make my keyboard light up?

It is usually as simple as finding the right button to turn on your keyboard or laptop’s keyboard light. Sometimes, your operating system settings may disable the keyboard light. In this case, the button or buttons that control your keyboard light might not work. You will need to turn on the keyboard light using your operating system settings, or the app provided from your computer’s manufacturer.

Some keyboards don’t light up. Manufacturers may not offer this feature on lower-end laptops, or they might only add it as an option. Check with the manufacturer if your keyboard doesn’t light up.

How to turn on the keyboard light in Windows computers

Windows computers assign one function key to control the keyboard light. However, it’s not the same key for all computers. Each manufacturer determines which key to push independently. You will need to examine the function keys and experiment with them, or contact the manufacturer for the right key to push.

Each manufacturer has a different way of operating the keyboard light key. Some manufacturers only allow you to turn the light on and off. Others offer a few brightness levels while others provide multiple brightness steps.

F5 and F9 are the most commonly used keys to control the keyboard light on Windows computers.

This is how to turn the keyboard light on Windows computers with the keyboard.

  1. Find the button that controls the keyboard light.
  2. The button will appear, i.e. F5 HTML9 or F11.
  3. If the brightness is not sufficient, press the button again.

What happens if the Windows Keyboard Light Doesn’t Turn on?

If the keyboard light doesn’t work when you press the right key, it’s possible to set it up in Windows Mobility settings. Or use an app from your manufacturer. Because it is an option control, this setting is not always available in Windows Mobility Settings. For more information on your manufacturer’s proprietary app, contact Windows Mobility Settings if you don’t see it.

How to adjust or turn on a Windows keyboard light using Mobility Settings:

  1. Click Windows Key + X, and then click Mobility Center.
  2. Find the Keyboard Brightness setting.
  3. Drag the slider to the right.

How to turn on the keyboard light on a Mac

Two buttons control the keyboard lights on Macs and MacBooks. The brightness can be adjusted by one button, while the other increases it. To turn on the keyboard’s brightness, if it is dark, press the Increase Brightness button. On most Macs, the Decrease Brightness button can be found on the F5 key and the Increase Brightness button on the F6 key. A Touch Bar can be used to control the keyboard light, except when Mac function keys are not available.

Tap Show all to open a Touch Bar. Next, tap the icon for the Increase Brightness button.

This is how to turn on the keyboard lights on a Mac.

  1. Find the Increase Brightness link.
  2. Click the Increase Brightness Button.
  3. To increase brightness, you can press the Brighten button until it is bright enough.

What happens if the Mac Keyboard Light Doesn’t Turn on?

Macs have the ability to control the brightness and decrement of your keyboard light. However, this feature may not be available in Mac system settings. You will need to make sure your system settings are correct if you can’t turn on the keyboard lights.

How to turn on the keyboard light in macOS

  1. Click on the Apple icon and choose System Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard.
  3. In low-light boxes, check the Adjust Keyboard Light.

  4. If you don’t want the light to turn off when you aren’t typing, check the box.

  5. If the keyboard light doesn’t come on, check that the Use F1, F2, etc. keys are checked.

    To adjust the keyboard light, if this box is checked you will need to push FL + Brighten rather than just Increase Brightness.


  • How can I turn on the keyboard light on my Lenovo laptop?
    To turn the backlight on at its dimmest setting, press Fn+ Spacebar. To cycle through the brightness levels, continue pressing Fn+ Spacebar. With Lenovo’s Vantage software, you can control your keyboard backlight.
  • How do I turn the keyboard light on my Dell laptop on?
    To turn the backlight to its dimmest settings, press Fn+. To adjust the brightness of the backlight to 50 percent to 75 percent, 100%, 100 percent, and back to zero, continue pressing Fn+.
  • What key should I use to switch on the keyboard light in my HP laptop’s HP laptop?
    Your model will determine how you turn on the backlight on an HP laptop. The backlight symbol will appear in the top row if the keyboard has a backlight button.
  • How can I brighten my laptop’s screen?
    To adjust the brightness of your laptop’s screen, use the screen brightness keys. You can also go to the Windows Action Center from the taskbar, and drag the Brightness slider. You can also visit Settings> > Display > Color.


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