How to configure Keyboard Backlit Timeout settings for your Windows 10 PC

If you are a night owl and spend long hours working in darkness, having an illuminated keyboard can be a big help. A backlit keyboard is one where the keys are illuminated so that you get better visibility in low light environments. So, you’re probably using a better computer when you have a backlit keyboard. But do you know how to configure the backlit timeout settingsfor your keyboard? If not, we’ll cover it in today’s topic.

Change Keyboard Backlit Timeout settings for Keyboard

If you find that the backlight of your keyboard stays on for only a few seconds and then goes off, you will need to configure backlight time out settings. The backlight timeout setting might require configuring the BIOS. So, if you’re OK with this procedure, proceed further and take the following steps.

  1. Enter BIOS Setup
  2. Access Backlit Keyboard Timeout Settings

Please note, not all Windows 10 PCs and laptops are equipped with a backlit keyboard. To confirm whether your computer supports a backlit keyboard, go to the Customer Support page of the manufacturer, search for your notebook model. Also, review the product specifications for your computer model.

If your computer supports Backlit function, then, do the following.

1] Enter BIOS Setup

Restart the notebook, and then immediately press the F10 repeatedly until the BIOS opens.

Change Backlit Timeout settings for Keyboard

When the BIOS opens, use the arrow keys to navigate to the ‘Advanced’ tab.

Navigate to ‘Built-in Device Options’, and then press Enter.

2] Access Backlit Keyboard Timeout Settings

In the Built-in Device Options, from the list of options displayed, select Backlit keyboard timeout.

To expand its menu, continue pressing the spacebar key. This action will force the BIOS settings to open the keyboard backlight settings.

Here, select the timeout setting you want.

If you choose to select the ‘Never’, the backlight will remain ‘on’ for an extended period of time, which could take a toll on the notebook battery power.

Finally, if you find that there is not a setting for the backlit timing in the BIOS, this behavior might not be supported on that PC or laptop. In such a case, you will need to check your notebook model’s product support documentation to confirm support.

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