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I recently got a new keyboard - a Dell WK717. I'm very happy with the keyboard but I've discovered an oddity.

After switching, I've been made aware that I, apparently, make frequent use of pressing the fn-key in combination with the left or right arrow key to skip to either the beginning or end of the line which the cursor is currently on. This shortcut doesn't work with my new Dell keyboard.

The keyboard is connected to my laptop and making use of the same shortcut on the laptop's own keyboard works just fine - the same goes if I connect my old keyboard back up again. It's strictly the new Dell keyboard which doesn't respond the same way.

Dell's support is failing to understand my question and provide any kind of help.

Is there anywhere, where I can force this key combination to act the same way on my new keyboard?

  • I use ctrl+arrows to jump to the next/previous word, and home/end keys to jump to start/end of lines, works in web browsers, text editors, bash terminals... – Xen2050 Jan 15 at 6:45
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    I too use the ctrl + arrow keys - it's very handy, but skipping to either the beginning or end of a line is something else entirely. I realize that I can use the end and home keys - however, I think you'll agree that they are awkward to reach when typing compared to how convenient it is to just use the fn + arrow key combination. It's a habit that I'm having very hard to let go off - especially since it's only on my new desktop keyboard it's a problem. It works just fine on other keyboards as well as on the laptop itself, which really doesn't help me getting rid of the habit :) – Christian A. Rasmussen Jan 15 at 6:58
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    Since this Fn button isn't quite standard I wouldn't rely on it in any way. – montonero Jan 15 at 7:26
  • It's present on all the keyboards that I use. I do realize that this is a matter of habit - but it's a habit I'm quite fond of. So, if possible, I'd really like to be able to do it on my new desktop keyboard as well :) – Christian A. Rasmussen Jan 15 at 7:35
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Since it seems clear that your new keyboard does not support the functionality of the old, and that you find the Home/End keys to be too cumbersome, I suggest that you DuckDuckGo for the phrase Keyboard Remapper and download & install one. Problem solved.

Alternatively, since your keyboard manufacturer's support doesn’t seem to understand your problem, try using the phrase “how can I remap some keys of my keyboard?”.

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    Thank you for your suggestion. I have been looking at tools such as SharpKeys and KeyTweak to do the remapping. However, none of them seem to be able to remap key combinations. And a tool like KeyTweak can't map the fn button, which is specifically what I'm after. – Christian A. Rasmussen Jan 15 at 16:08
  • Leave this question open for a few days or a week. Then if you don't get an answer delete it and ask on our sister site for software recommendatrions – Mawg Jan 16 at 7:40

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