The Function key on most keyboards is a key used to access additional features specific to that computer or keyboard (such as play/pause, volume, brightness, etc).

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HP laptop F1-12 keys inverted with Fn

I recently bought an HP laptop. I'm pleased with it, save for one thing. All the F1-12 keys are inverted. I mean the following: All the F-keys have a symbol on it. Normally you would press Fn + your ...
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Making F1-F12 keys the default on Dell Inspiron 1545

I've been given a laptop at work, a Dell Inspiron 1545, which I find pretty good, except for the F1-F12 keys. Being a programmer and a poweruser of several programs, I need to use them a lot, and ...
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How to swap ctrl and fn key on a MacBook Pro running Windows 7 via Boot Camp?

There are sooooo many discussion on the internet about swapping the fn and ctrl key on a MacBook Pro. On the Mac side, a new software called ReMap4MacBook does a perfect job swapping the two key. ...
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How do I make my “Fn + Volume Up/Down” keys adjust my headphone channel in Ubuntu Karmic?

I solved this problem in Jaunty, but the Sound preferences menu has extensively changed in Karmic. What is the new way to do this? Original question: I always have my master channel muted, and I ...
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I would like to change how the FN key affects function keys on Lenovo IdeaPad z500

So, the situation is the following. When I press the F1 button (for example), it mutes the notebook and in order to access the function keys I have to press FN. However, I'm not happy with this so ...
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Windows 8 on ASUS notebook, Brightness Down does not work

Recently my brother installed Windows 8 on his ASUS notebook. He had problems with the FN keys, so he asked me to have a look at it. I've installed the ATK Package from ASUS found in this other ...
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Windows 8 Fn key doesn't work for brightness

I have an Asus laptop with Windows 8 and clicking Fn+F5 / Fn+F6 keys (for brightness) doesn't work. In fact, they work, but they can increase/decrease the brightness only one time. What I mean is that ...
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Why do some laptop vendors swap the Fn and Ctrl keys? [closed]

Pardon the rant, but I just can't stand it when ctrl has been moved away from the bottom left corner. It really messes with my flow and accuracy when working. In my personal life it's not an issue ...
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How do I use ALT codes on a Dell Windows 7 laptop with no numlock key or FN keypad?

At work I'm using a Dell Vostro laptop running Windows 7 Enterprise and it does not have a NumLock key nor a numeric keypad accessible with Fn. In this case, how do I enter an Alt code (holding Alt ...
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Mapping Ctrl+Arrow for Home/End/PageUp/Down

I'm using Windows 7 on Dell New Inspiron 14z Ultrabook. It doesn't have Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys. Instead I have to use Fn + arrow keys. Can I re-map those to Ctrl + arrows or Alt + arrows or Shift + ...
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How to emulate numpad on a PC laptop?

Some programs use numpad keys for commands: for example to select all files in a folder in the FAR Manager you can just press the numpad *. Also in Windows one can, for example, type § by ...
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How to swap the effect of fn-key for osx?

I want to swap the effect of fn-key for some of the F1-F12 keys. How can I achieve this on osx (10.6) on a macbook? Ideally I should be able to toggle the effect for individual keys, but a solution ...
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Toggle function key on a MacBook Pro

When you use the function (fn) key on a MacBook Pro, it acts like a shift key (only works while you hold it) as opposed to a toggle. Is there anyway to change this? Preferably with a native setting, ...
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Some Fn key combination do not work

I have a VIAO VPCF111FX laptop. Just three combination of Fn work properly like Fn+F4 (volume up) works, and the others have no effect. What should I do? Is there any driver for that? Beside that ...
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Why don't my “FN + Volume up/down” keys work?

I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows Vista. I turned on my computer once and it had a little red 'X' on the volume speaker. I reinstalled the driver (I'm not sure if I did that right though), and now ...
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Make Fn Key 'Sticky'

I would like to make my Fn keys 'sticky' (pressing it once equals to press-and-hold) to make activating some special functions with one hand easier. There's no relevant option in BIOS, and Windows' ...
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Enable F1-F12 keys without Fn on Lenovo Ideapad S400u

I just have bought a new Lenovo Ideapad S400u notebook, and it is not default F1-F12, it is default mute button, refresh, more brightness, less brightness... I've downloaded "Lenovo Keyboard Slim Fn ...
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Swap Fn and Ctrl keys on a Lenovo ThinkPad X200

Similar questions have been asked before and the easy fix was to just update the BIOS and use an option in it for swapping the keys. However, even with the most recent BIOS update from Lenovo, there ...
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How can I disable the “toggle Wi-Fi” key combination on my Windows 7 laptop?

I rarely need to disable the wireless network on my laptop, so the Fn + F12 key combination is usually just in the way. It's even more frustrating for some of my friends and family, who don't know the ...
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How do I invert the Fn keys on my Asus laptop? (Windows 8)

I have an ASUS laptop with Windows 8 installed. I want to use F1 through F12 to control the volume, brightness, etc. all the time (since I don't use these keys).
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How to swap the “fn” use of Function keys on a *generic* Keyboard in Linux

After searching the internet for some answers, the only things I was able to found are related to the Apple keyboard. My question is the same as in this question How to swap the “fn” use of Function ...
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Media buttons on keyboard not working on Windows 8.1 Preview

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Preview and now my media buttons on my keyboard (Qpad MK-50) (FN + F1-6) is not working. Tested with foobar2000, Windows Media Player, VLC and MPC HC. Any ...
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How to restore F1-F12 keys on sculpt mobile keyboard

The sculpt mobile keyboard is small and somewhat ergonomic. Sadly all the function keys have been replaced by the multimedia equivalent. This is very annoying for things I do: gaming and programming. ...
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How do I make my “Fn + Volume Up/Down” keys adjust my headphone channel in Ubuntu Jaunty?

I always have my master channel muted, and I switched the volume applet to adjust the headphone channel. This way, sound never comes out of my speakers, but it's always on when I plug headphones in. ...
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Regular keyboard stuck as if a laptop function key was pressed

I have a regular PC keyboard plugged in a desktop PC with Windows 7 When I switched on the computer today I discovered that pressing U writes '4', O writes '5', K writes '2', etc. exactly as if you ...
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Terminal on Mac - Delete key behavior

I'd like the delete key (well, the Fn+Backspace combination) on my Mac to behave the same way in the Terminal as it does normally. That is, to do forward-delete. Right now it outputs tilde - at least ...
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Asus 1215n Volume Fn keys stopped working

Probably I've stopped some kind of Asus utility by mistake with soluto (a tool to decide which software shold start when you boot windows) and now all my fn keys work except the volume one and once I ...
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Make Fn Key Control Numlock

I have a VAIO laptop which, like most laptops, has an Fn key. In order for me to switch from the regular keyboard to the numeric keypad on the laptop, I am required to use NumLock; simply pressing the ...
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F1 key won't open settings menu in Samsung series 7 chronos laptop

The key F1 used with Fn does not open the settings menu (F1 has the image of a small gear and wrench light-blue colored), however it opened it once when I first pressed it. I want to change my keys' ...
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Easynote Keyboard Driver/Software? [closed]

Following on from this question; after the total death of a hard drive and it's replacement, I'm trying to get my wife's Packard Bell Easynote TX86 re-optimised for her use. Done all the basics, but ...
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fn modifier ignored for F-key keyboard shortcuts in Mavericks

I've tested this on two machines running Mavericks (10.9.4), with and without an external keyboard, and in all cases the behavior is as described below. Under System Preferences > Keyboard > ...
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fn key always on when plugged to electricity

I use a samsung laptop on windows 8. When not plugged to electric, keyboard is just fine, if i want to raise the volume I press fn and f8. Otherwise keyboard acts like fn is on and pressing fn does ...
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How to invert the Fn key

I have this problem on my laptop: If my Fn key is pressed the normal (PC-like) F1-F12 keys will be triggered; when it isn't, then the special keys will pe triggered(brightness control, sound volume ...
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How to turn off Fn key on IBM T60 programmatically

I have some problems with the Fn key on my IBM T60. I'm using Windows 7. The Fn key remains pressed all the time, so I want to turn it off programmatically. Please tell me how I can do this?
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Clicking “Monitor Detect”-key with broken fn-key

My fn-key is broken, but I need it to click the "monitor"-key on my f5-key. I need this because my PC isn't detecting my new monitor. Is there anyway to simulate a fn+f5 click? Or is there anyway ...
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How can I map another key to act as Fn key on a Mac?

I have a non standard keyboard attached to my Mac, and it does not have a Fn key. I wish it did. Luckily it has another key "help" that I never use. How do I get my "help" key to be treated as the Fn ...
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Inverted function keys (F1-F12) on HP Pavilion dv4t

(I know there have already been a lot of questions about this, but none of them mentioned the dv4t specifically.) I'm thinking about getting an HP Pavilion dv4t-4200 or -5100, but something that's ...
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Which software can control frequently used laptop functions like Fn combo keys?

My laptop fn key died yesterday. I can't send it to the repair service now because I need it for my work. My question is: Is there any softwares can control some functions like: turn on/off wifi and ...
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External keyboard does not have Fn, I want to switch screens

The keyboard on my Acer Aspire does not work, about ten keys including the Fn keys do not work. I am now using a wireless Microsoft keyboard which works fine except it has no Fn key. I have bought a ...
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What does fn-f8 do on Asus laptop?

It has [A]/[B] printed on it, where [A] is LCD inside a box and [B] is a monitor symbol. Pressing it just turns the screen off for a second then back on. Also, what does fn-f9 do? It looks like a ...
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Reversing Fn key - Logitech Keyboard K290

My question is similar to this question but the situation here is in an external keyboard (Logitech Comfort Keyboard K290). Is there anyway I can revert the Fn key to behave as it is pressed all the ...
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“creating” a key similar to the Fn key on a computer

I recently switched from a laptop to a computer and I had an Fn key and I really liked it (Being able to control the volume was really useful) and I was wondering if there was a way to add that key on ...
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Can I assign keyboard shortcuts to laptop-specific commands?

I mean the combinations like Fn + F2 which switches wireless. Since I don't have a Fn key on my USB keyboard, can I assign global shortcuts to, for example decrease the screen brightness from my USB ...
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Improve FN Keys and Touchpads on Windows Laptops

Is there software that improves the fn keys and touchpads on Windows laptops? I'm sick of the inconstancy and the bugginess. it'd be nice to have some open source software to make it a better ...
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Laptop “Speed” Modes

So I have this SamSung Laptop that I've had for awhile and have never messed with the Fn F1-F9 buttons. So I was going through to see what each one of them did and ran across what I'm Assuming is ...
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Microsoft All-in-one Media Keyboard FN-Lock

Is there any way to lock the FN key or any third party software that disables/locks/removes the fn key?
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Does only BIOS define how F1-12 and media keys behave?

I use a Lenovo ThinkPad E430 laptop running linux mint. By default the media keys work without the Fn key and the F1-12 work like Fn+F1-12. I inverted them in BIOS, so I don't have to press the Fn ...
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How to press F9 without pressing Fn+F9 in windows?

My F1-F12 keys have all sorts of multimedia buttons on them (volume, brightness, wifi, etc). But I am working in a 3D application which uses F1-F12 heavily, and I do not want to have to press fn+F9 ...
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Notepad++ Je suis Charlie edition not allowing Fn button

I just updated my Notepad++ to the “Je suis Charlie” edition and found out that I can no longer use these key combinations on my Lenovo Thinkpad L420: Fn + Play/Pause/Stop/Next/Prev Any suggestions ...
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How to swap Fn and Ctrl keys on Lenovo L540

I recently got a new computer and the Fn/Ctrl keys are driving me crazy. Can anyone tell me the proper way to swap Function Fn and Control Ctrl keys on Lenovo L540?