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How To Turn Off Keyboard Backlight In Your Dell Laptop? [Noob Tips]

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If you just bought yourself a Dell laptop and you’re wondering how the hell you can turn off the keyboard backlight so that you can save some battery power, there’s a way.

Dell gives an option to turn off the keyboard backlight in the Windows Mobility Center. All you need to do is right click on the battery icon in your system tray and click on Windows Mobility Center. The Mobility Center Window pops up and you can either adjust the brightness of the keyboard backlight or even turn it off completely.

Turn Off Keyboard Backlight

Clicking on the keyboard thumbnail leads to a new settings window from where you can control more aspects of keyboard backlighting. You can tell after how much time the backlight should be disabled whenever there is keyboard activity.


Another tip: Pressing the Fn key and the right arrow together also adjusts the backlight. Thanks Shivaranjan.

Other manufacturers also must provide such options but I haven’t really used any other laptops. Anyone can share more info and enlighten us in the comments.

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April 10th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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  • diana

    OMG thank you! i’ve been searching all night for this crap on my settings!

  • kathy

    Thanks so much was looking to see how to do these things all over the place too. Thanks again

  • Aviram

    On my Dell XPS…only the Fn+right arrow works…but thank you very much.

  • max

    Thank You for the tip, but neither one of them work on my Dell Studio laptop.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you fir telling me how To Turn Off Keyboard Backlight In theDell Laptop.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for telling me how To Turn Off Keyboard Backlight In theDell Laptop.

  • Arshiya Khorshidi

    thank you

  • Dolfie

    seems it doesn’t work at my Dell E6520

  • Kathy

    Thank you for posting this!! 

  • Abc

    It’s easy to turn the backlight off or adjust its brightness (Fn+F6), and I usually keep it off or dim (when working in the darkness), but whenever I start my Windows the settings restart and the light is on and I have to adjust it or turn it off, which really annoys me. Is it possible to turn the backlight off permanently?

  • JohnB

    Thank you! The M6600 Fn+rightarrow adjusts keyboard backlight; Fn + uparrow /downarrow adjusts screen illumination – much easier to see at 4am with imperfect eyesight. Really valuable contributions, thank you, Abc.

  • Ad.

    Works on my Dell Inspiron 15r. Thank you very much.

  • 37OH SSV

    How did you get to the second Dell screen page when you right clicked the thumbnail in the corner? When I did that it took me to a different screen, it’s probably because we have a different version.

  • how can i on my dell N4050 laptop keyboard light

  • darshan

    Thank you.. its work well in my Dell xps 15

  • Chugh

    Thank you! 😀

  • Caesar

    How to turn on backlit on Dell Inspiron 14 7447?

  • Sarbarz

    my laptop is asus G56jk anyone knows how to do it on my laptop ? it`s not working for me

  • Tanveer Jamadar

    Excellent…Thanks a lot..!

  • FAizan

    how can i on my dell latitude e6230 laptop keyboard light

  • Abraham Rooney Kapya

    How do i enable keyboard back light on my Dell Inspiration 9400 laptop. Kindly anyone to help.