How To Change MSI Keyboard Color? 2 Methods In 2023

With adding more advanced features, most high performing laptops today support keyboard backlighting. MSI laptops which are assembled for heavy gaming have inbuilt RGB backlit that puts the user experience to a higher level. You can change the keyboard lights according to your moods. 

All the required software and drivers are embraced in the laptops containing backlight. Now, let us see how to change MSI keyboard color. After reading the steps given below in this article, you’ll easily be able to change the color of your MSI keyboard.

How To Change MSI Keyboard Color?

How To Change MSI Keyboard Color

MSI keyboards use SteelSeries Engine 3 software for the light control. You can easily find this software on your device. Or another method is to simply use the function keys of your laptop. Let us see how to change MSI keyboard color using these methods.

Method 1:

Press fn+C key to show up the available backlit keyboard colors and add custom colors in the system setup. Blue, white, red and green are the default active colors. This way you can change the RGB backlit of your msi keyboard.

Method 2:

SteelSeries Engine 3 is pre-installed in your device. Follow the mentioned steps to change the color of your keyboard.

Step1: Search for SteelSeries Engine 3 in the start menu.

Step 2: Find “MSI per-key RGB” option and click on it.

Step 3: Now you will be able to see the keyboard on your screen with default lighting. Have a look at the “Config” button located in the bottom left corner. Clicking on it will open the configuration interface on the screen.

Step 4: Now you can simply choose one of the default settings or can create your own configuration by clicking on the “New” button at the bottom.

Step 5: Name your configuration and define the applications to auto-launch the set configuration. Click on Save button.

Step 6: Now let us change the color of the keyboard according to your preference. Tools you see while changing the backlight:

Select: Choose individual keys.
Group Selection: Select multiple keys at once.
Magic Wand: Select all the keys sharing same effects
Color Cube: Apply the impact to a button or key area.
Paintbrush: Paints an effect onto any touching keys or region.
Eraser: Removes the impact from a key or region.
Effect Picker: Picks an effect for the selected sector.

Step 7:  Save your configuration after you are done.

Under the tools, there is an effect color picker and dropdown. The color selector will select the preferred color and dropdown shows the different effects. Let us see what these effects are:

Steady: Uses a single color on the selected key/zone.
Color Shift: Makes multiple colors sweep across the selected keys/zones.
Multi Color Shift: Can shift between up to four colors on selected zones/keys.
Reactive Key: Assigns an active and rest color to the key that’s used when the key is pressed or released, respectively. 
Cooldown Timer: Switches keys from a ‘ready’ color to a ‘cooldown’ color for a set duration of time on a predetermined trigger.
Disable Illumination: Disables the RGB on the key/zone. 

You can customize your MSI keyboard RGB backlighting as you want.

Step 8: Just do not forget to click the “Save” button.


You can easily change your MSI keyboard color by understanding the two methods mentioned above in this article and enjoy the lighting effects with amazing color combinations. Either use function keys or SteelSeries Engine 3 software to change MSI keyboard color.

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