MacBook Keyboard Backlight Controls – Adjust Backlit Illumination by Menu Bar Item & Function Keys

Oct 13, 2009 - 3 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 that drops down with a little slider, kind of like how the sound menu item works.

Additionally, you can control the MacBook Backlit keyboard illumination via the function keys as well, but having the menubar item is very handy too, try it out yourself!

Labtick has been updated and works perfectly in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Control the MacBook Backlit Keyboard Illumination

Control backlight via the Labtick Menubar Item:
* Lab Tick developer webpage here

* Direct Labtick download file (dmg)

Simply launch Labtick and you’ll find the menu bar item available, it’s a little slider that can adjust brightness of backlit keyboards up or down.

Control backlight via MacBook / Pro keyboard function keys:

* F8 turns off backlighting completely

* F9 dims keyboard backlighting

* F10 brightens keyboard backlight

If you have an older MacBook Pro with a backlit keyboard, and you’re running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, then give Labtick a try. It’s pretty cool to have backlight controls right in the menu bar!


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Posted by: David Mendez in Customize, How to


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  1. Stef says:

    This is so useful, it works great for me so thank you very much. I can now control my keyboard backlighting easier than ever.

  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!

  3. 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

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