Just installed Elementary OS on my late 2011 Macbook Pro but the keyboard backlight is no longer on and I cannot find a way to turn it on. I have gone to keyboard settings and there is no option for illumination. Any help will be greatly appreciated! I am new to linux so sorry if the solution is obvious. Thanks in advance for any guidance.

  • Dear precious Elementary OS developers maybe will be able to answer, but I doubt.
    – Sysadmin
    Jul 1, 2020 at 18:20

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What worked for me was to actually press the key (F6) and hold it down. I was surprised to see the lights come up.

  • Thank you you beautiful human! They come on! I did try upvote your answer but my rep is to low but I appreciate! Jul 7, 2020 at 9:32
  • I am delighted to have been of assistance. I love it when the suggestions work!
    – jaslar
    Jul 8, 2020 at 15:18

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