How to Turn on the Keyboard Light on an HP Pavilion

By Melissa King

An LED is all that is needed for the ThinkLight to provide adequate illumination for seeing the keyboard in the dark.
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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.

Step 3

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.