How to Turn on the Keyboard Light on an HP Pavilion

by Melissa King
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When traveling at night or attending a presentation in a dark room, you may find it difficult to see your laptop's keyboard. Select HP Pavilion models feature a backlight beneath the keyboard that illuminates each key. These models usually display a lighted keyboard icon on the left side of the space bar. With this feature enabled, you won't need to turn on the room light to type a letter, compose an email or work on a project. Depending on your laptop's model, you can activate the backlight in several ways.

Step 1

Power on your HP Pavilion and press the "F5" or "F12" key to turn on the keyboard backlight, depending on your model.

Step 2

Locate the "Fn" key next to the Windows key on the bottom-left side of the keyboard. Press the space bar while holding the "Fn" key to turn on the backlight.

Press the dedicated backlight key if your model has one. The dedicated backlight key is marked with three dots in a horizontal line. Some models with this key include the dv6-2022er, dv6-3250us and other laptops in the dv6 series.


  • The keyboard backlight drains the laptop's battery. Turn the backlight off as soon as you no longer need it.


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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