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Turning a Backlit Keyboard On or Off

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This document pertains to HP notebook computers with backlit keyboards.
If your notebook computer has a backlit keyboard, there is a special key on the keyboard to turn the light on and off. Use the It is best to use the back light in dim lighting situations.
The following notebook computer series contain models that have backlit keyboards.
  • HP Envy notebook computers
  • HP Spectre notebook computers
  • HP Pavilion dv series notebook computers (dv4, dv5, dv6, dv7)
To check whether your particular model has a backlit keyboard, check the f5 key to see if the backlit keyboard key is present.
To turn the keyboard back light on or off, press the f5 key.
Figure 1: F5 key - backlit keyboard key
F5 key - backlit keyboard key

Other notebook computers

For other older notebook computers with a backlit keyboard, try one of the following methods depending on your model, to turn the backlit keyboard on or off.
  • If the spacebar has a keyboard icon on the left side, press and hold the fn key and then tap the space bar one time.
  • Press the f12 key.
  • Press the f5 key.
  • Press the special key dedicated to turning the back light on and off.
    Figure 2: Dedicated key for the keyboard back light

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