Updated: 04/12/2021 by Computer Hope
F7 key

The F7 key is a function key found at the top of almost all computer keyboards. The key is most often used to spell check a document. F7 also has other uses depending on the computer and program, as mentioned below.

How to use the F7 key

Open the program that uses the key and press F7. If the F7 key also has an icon on the key, it indicates the key has a secondary function. To use the secondary function, press and hold down the Fn key, and while continuing to hold the key, press F7.

If when pressing the F7 key the secondary function is performed (e.g., mutes audio), the function keys are the secondary function. For example, on an Apple computer, to press F7, hold down the fn key, and press F7.


If the FnLk (function lock) is enabled, the keyboard acts as if the Fn key is being pressed until it is unlocked.

Information about what the secondary function may be is found on the below secondary function of F7 section.


If the F7 key is not working on the keyboard, see: Some of the keys on my computer keyboard aren't working.

Where is the F7 key used?

The following list is all of the locations the F7 key can be used with information about how it's used.

Microsoft products

The F7 key is commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and other Office products. Shift+F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the highlighted word.

Internet browsers

Turns on Caret Browsing in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Adobe Photoshop

Open the Layers panel in Adobe Photoshop.

Windows command line

While in the Windows command line, press the F7 to view a history of all the commands entered in that window.

The secondary function of F7

For laptop keyboards and desktop computer keyboards with the Fn key, each function key has two functions. Unfortunately, there's no standard to what each key uses as its secondary function, so every keyboard is different. Below is a list of different keyboards and their secondary function for the F7 key.

Apple keyboard F7 key

On Apple keyboards, the default F7 key primary function is to rewind in media players. Pressing the fn+F7 for the secondary function is F7.

Cooler Master keyboard F7 key

On Cooler Master desktop keyboards, the F7 secondary function is one of the following options depending on the model.

Dell keyboard F7 key

On Dell laptop keyboards, the F7 key secondary function is to mute and unmute the volume.

HP keyboard F7 key

On Hewlett-Packard laptop keyboards with a screen or box symbol on the F7 key, the secondary F7 function turns down the audio.

Lenovo ThinkPad F7 key

On the IBM and Lenovo ThinkPad keyboards with two boxes or a projector, the F7 key secondary function switches between the screen and a projector or other display.

Logitech keyboard F7 key

On Logitech keyboards with a sun on the key, the F7 key adjusts the backlight keyboard brightness. Logitech keyboards with a triangle pointing to the right and two lines play and pause in media players.

Microsoft Surface F7 key

On the Microsoft Surface laptops, the F7 key secondary function adjusts the keyboard backlight.

Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.

Fn, Function keys, Keyboard, Keyboard terms