MacBook Keyboard Backlight Controls – Menubar item & function keys to adjust backlit illumination

Oct 13, 2009 - 2 Comments

macbook keyboard backlight control One of my favorite add-ons for MacBook and MacBook Pro’s with the keyboard backlight is this awesome app from Lab Tick that allows you to manually control the keyboard backlighting via a menubar item. Yes, you can control the MacBook Backlit keyboard illumination via the function keys as well, but having the menubar item is very handy, try it out yourself! It’s been updated and works perfectly in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Control the MacBook Backlit Keyboard Illumination

Control backlight via Menubar Item:
* Lab Tickdownload now

Control backlight via MacBook / Pro keyboard function keys:

* F8 turns off backlighting completely
* F9 dims keyboard backlighting
* F10 brightens keyboard backlight

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Posted by: David Mendez in Customize, How to


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  1. vincent says:

    How to repair your keyboard backlight.

    Step 1. turn the macbook off.
    Step 2. remove battery.
    Step 3. press start button 10 second’s. (SMB reset)
    Step 4. place battery
    Step 5. Start the macbook test the buttons.

    Vincent Admiraal

  2. dbeckowitz says:

    Using 2009 MacBook Pro — Snow Leopard. — Just downloaded the little menu bar keyboard brightness control. Brilliant. There has probably always been a way to illuminate my keys in the day time, but now I don’t have to look it up or even think about it. Woo-Hoooo!

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