Change Keyboard Backlight Timeout In Dell Inspiron, XPS, Latitude and Vostro PC

How To Change Keyboard Backlight Timeout In Dell Inspiron, XPS, Latitude and Vostro PC

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How To Change Keyboard Backlight Timeout In Dell Inspiron, XPS, Latitude and Vostro PC

Overview: This post will help you adjust keyboard backlight timeout time in Dell Systems. Step by step instruction will make it very easy for you to adjust backlight time in few clicks. Windows Mobility Center option will help us in adjusting the keyboard backlight time, in case the Windows Mobility Center is missing Keyboard option we will get it for you.

Few Dell models have keyboard Backlight timeout settings in BIOS, to manage it click here: Manage keyboard Backlight on other Dell Models

Let’s start with the real user example!

User Practical Experience

Backlit Keyboard
Hey, I’ve just received my new XPS Dell 16 (Tag: <ADMIN NOTE: Email id removed per privacy policy>) and again I’m having issues with the keyboard lighting up. I have the selection to adjust the Keyboard Backlight whenever I go to the Windows Mobility Center on the touch pad. Are there any BIOS or something I can download to correct my issue?(I’m not very smart with computers, I’m just a kid). Also, I removed the little screen protector on the keyboard, I hope that had nothing to do with the lighting system..
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Source: Dell Community

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Steps By Steps Instruction To Change Keyboard Backlight Timeout In Dell Are Mentioned Below

Open Windows Mobility Center on Dell System by pressing Win + X  and select Mobility Center from the list or open Run box by pressing Win +R and type in mblctr.exe  as shown below

Windows mobility center



Once Windows Mobility Center is open find keyboard option and click on keyboard icon exactly at the place as shown below

 Windows mobility center options

Once you click on keyboard icon in Windows Mobility Center you will see Keyboard Backlighting Windows as shown below

Select keyboard backlight timeout

Now select the time or never option as per your preference and you are done.

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Now we have seen a situation in which Windows Mobility Center is missing keyboard option as shown in the picture below – No need to worry, we will get this option by following below steps for Dell System

Windows mobility center options missing backlight

Here Keyboard option is missing- follow the below steps to get keyboard option

Visit the Dell Support website

Enter the Service tag number of your Dell System and hit Submit on Dell Support website- You will find Service Tag or Express Service code on the bottom of your laptop on a label, you can also use Detect PC option to get the service tag number of your Dell system.

dell service tag

Now click on the option Drivers and Downloads as shown below

drivers and downloads

Now look for Dell Quickset Application and download this application

dell quickset application

Once downloaded, install Dell Quick Application and open Windows Mobility Center and now you should be able to see Keyboard option appears on the Windows Mobility Center. Now select keyboard backlight time as per your preference.


I hope the above steps helped you to get the preferred keyboard backlight time.

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