How to Enable/Turn On Backlit Keyboard on Dell Laptops

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 the 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 and 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.

Update: Thanks to the comments, below are the other hotkeys that you can try depending on your Dell laptop model.

Hold down Alt and press F10 key

  • Dell 14 Inspiron 7000
  • Dell Inspiron 15
  • Dell Inspiron 2016
  • Dell Inspiron 17 5000 series

Hold down Fn and press F10 key

  • Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series (Or CTRL + F10)
  • Dell Latitude E5550
  • Dell Latitude E7450/ E7470 (Or Alt + F10)

Press F10 key

  • Dell XPS 2016/ XPS 13

Press Fn + F6 key

  • Dell Studio 15

Note: While pressing Fn or Alt, hit the F10 key 3 times to toggle between off, medium lit and fully lit.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

187 Responses

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

  2. suresh says:


  3. deek says:

    Thanks , done

  4. Bonnie says:

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

  5. larry says:

    ya did it dude thanks so much is working now

  6. Adriano Rafael says:

    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.


  7. Caesar says:

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

  8. chandra mohan says:

    Thank u soo much

  9. alex says:

    I have a inspiron 5000 a 5558.
    keybord lithing goes out after 10 sec.
    how do I ajust it to keep it light all the time ?

  10. yay says:

    Very helpful…. i thought something went wrong with my Laptop… but then i read this article

  11. Maurice says:

    does this work on a dell inspiron 14Z?

  12. Lulu says:

    Holding down Alt Then F10 worked on my Dell Inspiron 2016 Model

  13. bleurgh says:

    ALT + function + F6 worked for me, function and F6 alone wouldn\’t work for some reason until i added the ALT, however since doing it this way it will now turn off and on with just Fn+F6

  14. Zach says:

    Please please tell me how to enable the back light keyboard on dell insprion 15 7559. I am using windows 10 now and mobility centre doesn\’t seem to have it.

  15. I tried both Fn+ and Fn+F6, nothing happened with my Latitude E5570. Anything else works?

  16. Brian says:

    I have a new XPS15 but none of these solutions work for me. Does anybody have an alternative please?

  17. theloverman says:

    I am so happy right now, i can give u my first born if you want.

  18. Mattie says:

    How about the inspiron 11 3000 series?

  19. Eric Matutina says:

    How do you activate the back light for the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series? Does it even have one? Thanks.

    • eli says:

      Just hit F10, Or Go to windows mobility center (for windows 10 laptop right click on battery icon, select windows mobility center). on the bottom left side click on the keyboard icon, click on the drop-down select your desire!, then click ok.

  20. Lindsay says:

    Same solution needed for Dell E7470. Already tried all the suggestions on this feed.

  21. Don Tulett says:

    My wife\’s Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series back lit keyboard is not readable in the daytime, The settings are on maximum, but the white transparent letters make it impossible to read, you have to move your head a foot to the left or right and hope the sun(office lights) briefly give you a bit of relief if you wave your hand over each key stroke. It\’s a great looking Dell, but she hates it more than any other laptop she\’s had.

  22. Benson says:

    Thanks, it worked in Dell Latitude E5550 by pressing \”Fn\” and \”F10\”

  23. arashi says:

    please dell inspiron 7559 7000 series backlit keyboard doesn\’t work..anyone here know how to turn it on?

  24. Karla Vorel says:

    Thank you…Thank you… Thank you… Finally the Hot Keys that work…ALT F10….
    Everywhere else said to press Fn right Arrow…does NOT work. So thanks for sharing.

  25. Charlie says:

    This worked, but it does NOT help me keep the lights on all the time. They go off after a few seconds. Thoughts on how to set them \’on?\’

  26. Aditya Singh says:

    How do you activate the back light for the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series? Does it even have one? Thanks

  27. nihal says:

    Hi am usind dell inspiron 15 5000 windows 10 ,plese help me to enable keyboard backlight

    • sharon says:

      I have the same model Dell as you and I don\’t think It comes with a backlit keyboard. I haven\’t found any evidence of it yet. Support doesn\’t respond to the question

  28. Samuel says:

    It doesn\’t work

  29. jackie noor says:

    thank you for your very helpful comment that alt f-10 turned on the keyboards lights for me on my new dell inspiron

  30. narendra says:

    hi. i am using dell vestro 1550,how enable keyboard backlight

  31. Jagadeesh says:

    how about to open keyboard light in dell 5559 series. please reply sooner. Fn + right arrow key is not working.

  32. david thomforde says:

    does a Inspiron 15 3000 series have the option for a backlit keyboard? The F10 key has not symbol on it, so probably does not. Cheap laptop, fine in many ways but I guess I cant expect everything

  33. Srinivas says:

    how can i enable key board back light in dell vostro 3450. i tried fn+f6 , alt+f10 but not worked.when i press fn+f3 then orange light below the key board only on.

  34. MAJOR says:

    mine dell latitude e6400 WORKED PERFECTLY

  35. Tana says:

    None of the above hints work on my computer! They worked up until today? I didn\’t do anything to change it. Just plugged it in and turned it on and noticed the lights aren\’t working to light up all the keys on the keyboard.

  36. Alan Of Wales says:

    On my Dell Latitude E7450:
    Fn + F10 toggles the keyboard back lighting through Off-Medium-Full

  37. Shar says:

    Is there one in dell inspiron i3 3558

  38. Humayun Kabir says:

    how can I enable key board back light in dell vostro 5470??

  39. john says:

    have a dell XPS model year 2016.
    too simple really. Just hit one button, the F10 button, you know the one that shows a rising sun on it, lol.

  40. Brandi says:

    For a DELL Inspiron 15 5000 series try Ctrl on the right side of spacebar + F10

  41. sakyi ohene Alex says:

    How to light up my dell latitude 3440 key board or the screen pad.

  42. sakyi ohene Alex says:

    How to light up my laptop screen in the night

  43. Jackson says:

    How to light up my dell E7454 latitude

  44. Sarath says:

    Its really works CTRL+F10… thanks alot

  45. Nitin Khanna says:

    Thanks bro….it\’s work.

  46. David says:

    Hi there – I purchased a backlit keyboard for a 3542, Installed mobility center, hooked it up, lite comes on for a moment when first installing and then goes dim. Keyboard keys have no effect (fn+F10).
    Mobility center has the ambient light sensor greyed out, and changing the keyboard brightness in the UI has no effect. Any suggestions? I would be eternally in debt to you 🙂

  47. AD says:


    I have Dell E4300 with same issue with back light.
    Please advice.

  48. John says:

    Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series, use the F10 key to toggle on/off. If the feature is installed

  49. cdixon says:

    alt & f10 key for my inspiron 7000 worked for me

  50. WicasaWakan says:

    Mine has the light up option (while you are typing) and the right arrow key DOES have the keypad light up symbol but when you press the FN + right arrow, the keyboard lights up but fades back to dark after a couple seconds. I want it to stay on and even the IT guys that gave me the laptop say that should work. Most of the F keys have no FN symbols so I don\’t want to randomly press them.

  51. daniel says:

    How can I turn on keyboard backlight on my dell inpiron 15 3552

  52. Sahil.. says:

    my laptop Dell Vostro 15 3000 Series How To keypad light On …plz tell Me…..

  53. mina says:

    hi, how to light up Dell inspiron 13 5000 5368

  54. Mohit says:

    How to on the back lit keyboard on Dell inspiron 5567

  55. anubhav singh says:

    Plzz help me to enable keboard back light in windows 7 on my dell N 5010 ..

  56. kirnesh says:

    How to turn keyboard back light to turn on in Dell latitude, i tried using fn+f10 even though its not working.

  57. gemini says:

    how to on the keyboard light dell 5000, i3, 13.3 screen size,

  58. Al Moti says:

    I am using inspiron 14 3000 series. How can I set my keyboard light? Please tell me anybody.

  59. Dennis E. Rawls says:

    Backlit keyboard remains of after performing the the instruction of Fn and the right arrow.

  60. Emily says:

    How about for Inspiron 13 5000?

  61. Mallikarjun says:

    How to lightup keyboard of Dell Vostro 15 3000 Series

  62. Naren says:

    i bought dell inspiron 5566 bt its backlight is not working what should i do?

  63. Naren says:

    How to lightup keyboard of Dell inspiron 5566 Series

  64. Sumit Chauhan says:

    I have dell 5559 i3 laptop and also have same problem… Fn+10 and Fn+H keys are not working for keyboard backlight

  65. Fabian says:

    How do I turn on the keypad light using Dell Inspiron 13Z 5323? Thanks one and all.

  66. rhas says:

    How to turn on the backlight for Dell Inspiron N7110, all function listed did not work. can anyone indicate, Thanks

  67. dread says:

    How to turn on the backlight for Dell Inspiron N7110, Thanks

  68. Frankie says:

    for Latitude E7470, Alt and F10 worked for me; thanks for sharing

  69. Mahesh says:

    pls tell dell INS 3162 Keypad light on

  70. Kola Oluyemi says:

    Press Function (Fn) + F10 on Dell Latitude to turn on the keyboard light

  71. Paul says:

    Just purchased two new Dell Inspiron 3162 laptops. I am a Linux user. I am unable to get the keyboards to light up. Is there a trick/ something I am missing here. Both laptops are now running Linux Mint 18.1. Ran all of the updates and upgrades.. Still no joy.. My current Dell laptops have no problem. Any help here would be nice. Thanks

  72. Tom Griffith says:

    I have had my Inspiron 5558 signature edition. I bought it over a year ago and I was used to the backlit keyboard on my previous Dell, where you could turn it on, and change it to different levels of brightness.

    Long-story-short, after I had the laptop for a few days, I had one BIG complaint and nothing I could do would fix it: the 5558\’s keyboard light kept turning off after 10 sec AND there are only a couple brightness levels and they\’re controlled with the F10 key and you go from Off, to bright, to low, to Off, etc. NOTHING that I did, though, would keep the lights on any longer. They\’d come back on only I would either touch a key or \”hover\” my hand over the middle of the alphabet part of the keyboard. Unlike my older Dell, there was NO way to make the light stay on.

    It pissed me off when I was typing something in a low-light situation, and took 15 seconds to get a sip of water or try to think what I was typing, looking something up, etc and NO DAMNED lights on my keyboard. So, I called Dell (this was when the thing had been in my house for only a week). I got a lady who tried to walk me through stuff and she was stymied too as to why I couldn\’t make it work right. She suggested a total \”reset\” and I told her that I\’d spent a couple days getting the stuff from my previous Dell laptop onto it and I \”suffered\” the whole time, so that wasn\’t an option. So, she said she\’d get a specialist and this guy came on the line with us, and he tried the same things, said the same \”reset to factory-new\” conditions and I told him I wasn\’t gonna do THAT.

    He asked me to hold and after 10 min or so, came back on the phone and told me that he had to talk to \”people over him,\” and they said that the machine was behaving as it was supposed to. …that if there was no keyboard activity for 10 seconds, and the backlit feature was \”ON,\” to save the battery, it would automatically shut off and come back on with a keystroke or a \”hand-hover\” maneuver.

    This made me a little more \”steamed\” (NOT at them, but the programmers, etc) and I told them that had I not gone through the transfer of files, etc, etc from my old Dell to this one, I\’d be sending it back to the seller and look to HP or Lenovo or ANYONE else.

    I ended by telling this guy that NO one is going to be happy with this \”feature\” and that I\’d bet I was speaking for everyone that they needed to do a driver update…whatEVER…and then include it in an update. So, here it is, a year later and I still occasionally get mad at this anti-feature, and I\’ve updated my system each time Dell \”flags\” it to me and it still is NOT working as well as my old Dell did…OH, the \”save the battery\” thing: after only 6 mon or so, the battery got to where it would run down after on 30-40 minutes with the backlit autoshutoff \”feature\” turned on. I\’m betting that the tiny little (expensive) battery is the reason that they did this after all – I canNOT imagine it staying ON all the time—but HERE\’S a thought—Dell needs to make this \”battery-saving\” feature go away when the thing is running on AC.

    Does anyone have ANYthing new to add-maybe you\’ve called or chatted with Dell since I did last year.

  73. jessica says:

    fn + f10 worked instantly for my dell inspiron 5000 series

  74. iris says:

    just push F10 then the light will turn on and if pushed again then it grow a bit lighter

  75. HARI says:


    • Linda says:

      Hari? Did you figure it out? I just got a Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-8680SLV and I have no idea. I\’ve tried FN -> and FN F10 and ALT F10 and CTRL F10 and nadda.

  76. Mrs T. says:

    I used ALT + F10 to toggle between the 2 levels of brightness plus off.

  77. Norman McFarlane says:

    how do I turn the light on my dell key pad

  78. Isaac says:

    @Tom Griffith
    I hope you have found a solution to this problem already.
    If not, I feel your pain!
    I have a Dell Dimension 15 9550 with the same problem.
    I was able to improve the situation by installing the Dell Feature Enhancement Pack from:

    After installing, open Control Panel and click the Dell Keyboard Backlight Settings option.
    This lets you change the timeout period up to 5 minutes.
    A big improvement, but not a real fix like I would prefer…
    Good luck!

  79. Raymond says:

    Hi, how do you do it on E7270?

  80. jack says:

    thankyou very much you saved me from my parents

  81. shiva reddy says:

    how to turn on keypad lights on dell vostro 15 i5 processor plzzzz help me

  82. samuel says:

    how to turn on keypad light on dell vostro v131 pls help

  83. Robert Tobias says:

    How to turn on backlit keyboard for dell inspiron 14 7000. i\’ve tried to hold FN key and press the right arrow keys but it did not work at all. Please assist for the same.

  84. Richard says:

    I just removed the battery,then reinstalled it-backlites worked!

  85. Asif says:

    Damn!! how could i miss this. thank you so much it works on lattitude e6320

  86. Kylah says:

    I have a Dell 11- 3162 – Does this even offer a backlit keyboard? I have tried it all and nothing works


  87. Nadeana says:

    nothings working and I have sealed battery … has anybody figured this out?

  88. Catalin says:

    Hi all,
    I have bought Dell 5767 i7 and it has iluminted keybord and I can\’t figure it out how do I turn it on…does anybody know?
    thank you

  89. luc says:

    Ho 4 all have dellvostro 3500 without battery an want update bios ao7 to A12 for backlite keys that is installed . please anyone help me? I improve force it metod but a12 driver installation want same the battery charged at 10 % min. Thank you for answer Luc

  90. scott says:

    how do I turn on my backlight keys dell latitude 5580

  91. Steve Symons says:

    Alt – F10 works for me on a Dell Inspiron Laptop. Toggles backlight on – off.


  92. Nita says:

    Thank you so much…Worked for me. The directions was very good and I tried it once and it worked perfectly. Very happy.

  93. Umesh says:

    my dell insparian 3000 in not working keyboard backlight plz help me to solve it

  94. Tee says:

    Alt F-10 worked

  95. Marie Ward says:

    MY dell amd a10 keyboard light wont light it use to. I tried what you suggested fn key and right arrow nothing happens

  96. Marie Ward says:

    thanks alt f10 worked to turn my backlight on

  97. swaminathan says:

    Hi all,
    I have DELL inspiron 11 3000 series, how to enable the keyboard backlight >

  98. Duck Fell says:

    alt + f10 worked for me too!

  99. Dagben Zebre Justice says:

    i have dell inc-latitude E5550 how do enable key board lights on

  100. kenil says:

    I\’ve bought dell inspiron 5567 i can\’t on my backlight in keyboard please help me, thank you

  101. Anup says:

    Thanks, It Really work

  102. Tazza says:

    I have a dell inspiron 17 5000 series and no keyboard backlight works (Alt +F10) or FN +F10 or FN and right arrow key. Any help welcomed.

  103. Yamuna says:

    I have dell inspiron 15 5000 series.. i have tried ALT+F10 CTRL+F10 but backlight is not enabled.. please help me

  104. Jackson says:

    I bought dell vostro 3546 it\’s keyboard light isn\’t working .please help me

  105. priyanka parit says:

    I have dell inspiration 5570 core i5 8th gen I cant turn on my keyboard
    backlit light plz help me……

  106. I have DELL vostro 1014, how to enable the keyboard backlight ?

  107. Cyndi says:

    I’m trying to figure out how to turn on the keyboard light on a Dell 115 3000, model 3542. I’ve tried the Fn and F10 button. Nothing happens so I’m guessing this laptop model doesn’t have that function possibility?

  108. Roberto says:

    For Dell XPS15 is ALT+F10 (in my experience it works)

  109. Leon Terry says:

    I have a dell Vostro 5471 and the keys were lighting up fine and then I did an update and now the wont come back on. I tried all the steps above like fn+f10 but nothing seems to be working, can anyone help me out?

  110. Faisal says:

    Any way for dell inspiron 7572 ?

  111. G.SATHIRAJU says:

    I have DELL Inspiron 13 5000 series. I have tried ALT+F10, CTRL+F10, FN+F10 but backlight is not enabled. Please help me.

  112. gil says:

    keyboard light not working

  113. Bornallah Wright says:

    There was an update that was performed, and now the backlight no longer works.

  114. Hannah Luff says:

    Thank you! fn=f10 worked!

  115. Terry says:

    Thank you, but my keybowrd light is not working

  116. I just spent $1700.00 on a Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 0 I can\’t get the keyboard to light up!! HELP FRUSTRATED.

    • Deb says:

      Look for an icon on a key that has a small rounded rectangle and beams coming up off of it. On mine, it\’s the F10 key. It\’s a toggle. On/Off. No Control/Alt/Shift or anything else necessary.

  117. hemant kumar says:

    its amazing. Now my Laptop key backlight working. Hold ALT + F10 key working here.

    Thank you so much.

  118. Retroman says:

    Dell 5570 lighted keyboard is controlled by F10. cycle goes, If presently off, push once to turn on, push again to make brighter, again will turn it offf

  119. Gail Humphrey says:

    Thank you! I have been going around in circles on the \”settings\” for my Dell, but could not find any answer. Such a simple fix!

  120. Data says:

    I have dell latitude E6540 and i am failing to switch on backlight

  121. Sachin Bagadi says:

    I Have New Purchase INSPIRON 5570 I Trying Fn + Right Arrow Key
    Not Working Backlit Keyboard

  122. jUDITH MOLNAR says:

    This did not work. It just immediately scrolled to the bottom of the page

  123. Pug says:

    BY JOVE! Magic DOES exist!!!

    Having bought this E6430 and argued with the thing for two days,I was about to return it,when I came across this article and read it,tried it as described for the Latitude E6430 [fn + right shift] and HEY,PRESTO! I think I love you!!! Thanks,muchly,bro!

  124. adams says:

    I just bought Dell latitude 5590 how can I get the backlight enable because f10 did not work and the logo of keyboard back light was is not on any key. I need help on it please

  125. B says:

    F10 key worked for me.

  126. Mohammad says:

    I bought Dell inspiron 5570 i7 and the bacl light turns on since i push the power button and when i try to turn it off via (fn+F10) i can choos the off mode for back light but nothing change and thr back light stay on.
    Please find me a solution it drives me craaazyyyy.

    • Ron says:

      If I depress the control + F10 on my XPS it turns on the back lit keys, if I continue to hold the control key down and press the F10 key again it makes the back light brighter one notch and if I continue to hold the control key and depress the F10 key once more it shuts off, if that helps.

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