Scroll Lock key

Updated: 04/30/2020 by Computer Hope
Scroll lock

Sometimes abbreviated as ScLk, ScrLk, or Slk, the Scroll Lock key is found on a computer keyboard, often located close to the pause key. While not often used today, the Scroll Lock key was originally intended to be used in conjunction with the arrow keys to scroll through the contents of a text box. It has also been used to stop the scrolling of text or halt the operation of a program. The picture shows what a Scroll Lock key with an LED may look like on a keyboard.

Where is the Scroll Lock key on the keyboard?

The Scroll Lock key is labeled as one of the abbreviations mentioned earlier and located with or near the other control keys on the keyboard. Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the Scroll Lock key highlighted in blue.

Scroll lock key


On Apple computer keyboards, the Scroll Lock key may be missing and have an F14 function key instead.

Where is a Scroll Lock key on a laptop keyboard?

Laptop control keys

The Scroll Lock key on a laptop is often a secondary function of another key, located near the Backspace key. If a laptop is using two keys as one key, you must press the Fn key with the second key you want to use. On a laptop, the ScrLk, Pause, and Break functions are usually part of another key and are in blue text.

To use these keys, press the Fn key and the key with the blue text you want to use. In the example picture, Scroll Lock is actually part of the Num Lk key, so you would need to press the Fn key and the Num Lk key to execute the Scroll Lock functionality.


When it comes to laptops, there is no standard placement for these keys. Your laptop may not have the same configuration as shown in the picture.


Smaller, more compact laptops may not include a Scroll Lock key.

Example of Scroll Lock being used today

Microsoft Excel is a good example of a software program that still uses this key. If Scroll Lock is enabled on the keyboard, pressing any of the arrow keys results in the screen moving in that direction, but the selected cell will not change.

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