7

On my Dell Studio 15, the function keys, by default, do things like switch the radio on/off or change the brightness or sound. To use them as function keys I have to hold down the Fn modifier.

I use function keys as function keys a lot more often than I want to change the volume or brightness.

Am I missing an obvious setting somewhere in the control panel (Vista Uber Extreme Something)?

3 Answers 3

7

There should be a BIOS setting to modify this behavior:

Advanced -> Function Key Behavior -> Function Key First

1
  • Doh! Didn't think of the BIOS settings. New computer and all. I'll check it next time I restart. Commented Aug 1, 2009 at 12:51
5

This setting can also be changed through the Windows Mobility Center, look for the "Function Key Row" setting.

2
  • 1
    According to a deleted post: the BIOS changes the default, and the Windows Mobility Center (WIN+X) allows toggle. And apparently some computers might fail to honor the default from the BIOS.
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 19:05
  • As of windows 8.1, I'm not seeing the 'Function Key Row' in the Mobility Center. Any updates? Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 1:53
0

This question is also answered here: https://superuser.com/a/1219207/59508

Often the ESC key will have a 'function lock' icon which looks like a padlock. Press the 'FN' select key and ESC and it switches the function keys to behave as function keys.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .