How To Turn On Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop

Did you know that the Lenovo ThinkPad laptop is the only laptop that has a unique way to turn on its keyboard light or backlit as some people call it.

The normal and regular way to turn on a keyboard light is very much straightforward for other brands of laptop like Dell, HP, Acer and MSI which is by simply clicking on the F key at the top of your keyboard that has a backlit icon.

But with your Lenovo laptop, this is how to turn on the keyboard light using the following command below.


  • Hold Fn and click on spacebar once to turn on your keyboard light
  • Hold Fn and click on spacebar twice to increase your keyboard light brightness
  • Hold Fn and click on spacebar three times to turn off your keyboard light

With that said, how about we dive deeper and understand what exactly a keyboard light is, its function and how it is used.

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What is a keyboard light

A keyboard light which can also be referred to as a backlit keyboard is a light that reflects underneath a keyboard. This keyboard light reveals all your letter and symbol keys clearer and more visible in an environment that is dark.

The primary function of a keyboard light is to simply give you the ability to type in total darkness. The color of the light that illuminates your keyboard varies depending on your Lenovo laptop model. It could come in any color but the common colors are, white, blue, red or green.

A keyboard light can be turned on or off and also while it is turned on, the keyboard light brightness can be increased or decreased.

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Does Any Lenovo laptop come with a keyboard light?

This may come as a shock to you but not all Lenovo laptops come with a Keyboard light or backlit. The simplest way for you to know if your Lenovo laptop supports keyboard light or not is to inspect your spacebar to see if it has a backlit icon on it.

If it does have a backlit icon on it, it means your Lenovo laptop comes with a keyboard light. And if your Lenovo laptop doesn’t have the backlit icon on your spacebar, it means it doesn’t come with a keyboard light.

Before you start feeling bad, you should consider the fact that the icon must have been cleaned off after a long period of use. So, my advice for you is to try the methods below to see if you can successfully turn on your Lenovo keyboard light.

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How To Turn On Backlit Keyboard On Lenovo Laptop

Turning on the light for your Lenovo keyboard is very simple and straightforward. All that is required is for you to simply identify your Fn key and spacebar key.

Your Fn key is located by your bottom left hand side of your keyboard. It is usually the last key on your keyboard while your spacebar key is very obvious. The spacebar key is the longest key on your Lenovo keyboard.

To turn on keyboard light, this is what you should do:

How To Turn On Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop
Fn + 1 Spacebar Click

Hold down the Fn key then click on the spacebar key once to turn on your Lenovo keyboard light.

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How to Increase Keyboard Light Brightness On Lenovo laptop

One of the coolest things about a Lenovo laptop keyboard light is that aside from the fact that you can turn on its keyboard light, you can also increase its brightness when needed. This comes in very handy if you happen to be in an extremely dark environment.

Here’s how to increase the brightness of your Lenovo keyboard light:

How To Increase Keyboard Light Brightness On Lenovo Laptop
Fn + 2 Spacebar Clicks

Hold down the Fn key and click on the space bar twice to increase the backlit brightness of your Lenovo keyboard light.

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How To Turn OFF Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop

Aside from the fact you can turn on your keyboard light or increase its brightness, Lenovo also made it possible for you to turn the keyboard light off when you don’t need it any more.

The interesting thing about this is that the same way you can turn on or increase keyboard light is the same way you can turn off the keyboard light completely.

Here’s how to turn it off:

How To Turn OFF Keyboard Light On Lenovo Laptop
Fn + 3 Spacebar Clicks

Hold down the Fn key and then click on your spacebar 3 times to turn off your keyboard light.

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What if it doesn’t work For Me

If all the methods above don’t work for you, then probably something is wrong somewhere and you need to face the hard truth.

Before I get to the hard truth, let me give you some alternative way to fix your keyboard light if the method above isn’t working for you. You may probably just be having some issues with your keyboard drivers.

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1. Update your Keyboard Driver

There are two ways to update your drivers:

Manually – To manually update your drivers, you would need to visit the official Lenovo website and search for your laptop either through Lenovo auto scan or by entering your serial number.

Once you have successfully found your computer, you should download the keyboard driver among the list of drivers and then install it on your Lenovo laptop. Then try the methods above again.

Automatically – You can automatically update your keyboard driver through device manager. You can easily get to device manager by searching through windows search or by right clicking on the windows icon and then selecting device manager.

Once you are inside the device manager, go to the keyboard section and update every driver inside the keyboard section when you expand it. To update the drivers, you would need to right click on the drivers one after the other and then select update.

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2. Update windows

Updating your windows would automatically install any drivers missing from your lenovo computer and also update your current drivers to their latest version.

Here’s how to update your windows,

1. Search for windows update settings in windows search.

2. Click on windows update settings in the search results.

3. In the windows update section, download and install anything that is required for downloading and installing.

4. If there’s nothing required, click on search for update or update now.

5. You would need to be patient for your windows to be updated. (Your computer will ask you to restart once everything is installed. You should agree to that because it is necessary).

6. After restarting, you should try the methods above again.

Now, if nothing works, then I believe it means your Lenovo laptop doesn’t support backlit keyboard. There’s basically nothing you can do to change that except you replace your keyboard with the keyboard that supports a backlit.

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Why Keyboard Light is Not Working On Lenovo Laptop

The primary reason why your keyboard light is not working on your Lenovo laptop is because your laptop doesn’t support it. The backlit feature is a special type of feature that the Lenovo manufacturers have implemented on only their high end devices.

This simply means that you have to purchase their expensive laptops if you want to find the backlit feature. If you can’t find the keyboard light feature on your laptop, it means that you are probably using their mid-range or least expensive laptop.

If you are certain that your Lenovo laptop can support the backlight feature but the method above doesn’t seem to work for you, then you should consider activating your keyboard light with Lenovo Vantage Software.

Download and install the software. Once you have done that, you should check the inputs & accessories section to turn on your Lenovo keyboard light.

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