How to Enable/Turn On Backlit Keyboard on Dell Laptops

by Mayur on September 6, 2010

in How To's, Tips 'n' Tricks

DELL offers backlit keyboard in its Laptop/Notebook which is an optional feature. But unlike Apple MacBook Pro, there is no sensor which can automatically turn on backlit keyboard in dim light. Instead, you need to manually enable the backlit keyboard if you have it on your device. See how to do that -

To Turn On Backlit Keyboard in Dell laptops like Studio/Vostro/XPS/Latitude, “Hold the Fn key and press the Right Arrow key”. You can see all symbols illuminating on the keys. With the same hotkey you can toggle between the three lighting states (in the given order). The lighting modes are: full keyboard, half keyboard & off.

Fn key + Right Arrow key

Note: This only works if you have purchased the optional backlit keyboard while ordering. Studio Laptops with backlit keyboard have an additional icon for the LED on/off switch, which is located on the right arrow key.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

IntoWindows September 7, 2010 at 8:19 am

It actually depends on your Dell notebook model. On my Dell Studio 15, I need to use Fn + F6 keys to enable backlit.


Dell 15z User August 18, 2012 at 4:56 am

Thank you! I am a bit too sleep deprived to think or read a manual, so you saved me much befuddlement, IntoWindows. Cheers!


suresh October 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm



deek June 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

Thanks , done


Bonnie March 19, 2014 at 8:59 am

Thank you for your instructions – just bought a new dell and it wasn’t working. I appreciate the help.


larry June 12, 2014 at 2:22 am

ya did it dude thanks so much is working now


Adriano Rafael November 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Thank you very much for the article, in meantime i was about to conclude my lap has a problem But you really helped me to get there- Back light ON now and it is actually facilitating a lot of my job, thanks and keep updating.



Caesar November 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm

How about to open this keyboard light on dell Inspiron 14 7447?


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