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For some reason the F3 function key (Find Next) in Regedit has stopped working. This means I have to go to the Edit menu and then click Find Next each time, which is very time consuming. Has anyone got a solution for getting this function back?

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Try a different keyboard. – Ramhound Nov 21 '11 at 14:45
Is this a notebook? if so do other F keys work? – Moab Nov 21 '11 at 16:26
Does it work in other applications? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 21 '11 at 16:41

A function key may be stuck (f-lock)?

I had the same thing on a Microsoft ergonomic board. There is no light to indicated that the F-Lock is on and it only affects Microsoft and other applications that are written to recognize it. Once on most of the F-keys will only do special ops.

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Could it be that another programm / tool is absorbing the f3 hit? There could be numbers of tools that do so. Have you installed anything new lately?

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With my Microsoft Digital Pro Keyboard the F3 key works in regedit when the F-Lock is ON. This is using the DEFAULT setup in keyboard properties.

Hope this is of use to someone.

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Is search function disabled for other Win7 functions? - If so, this may be related:

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It used to work, so trying another keyboard is not really the solution. No, it is a desktop PC. As far as I am aware, all F keys I use work as they should. I don´t think I have any other applications where F3 means "Find Next". The search function is enabled, although the Index service is disabled (uses too many resources and I have an alternative) – Lateron Nov 22 '11 at 15:36

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