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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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Is there a way to change keyboard backlight key combination?

My old Dell laptop's keyboard backlight key combination was fn + right arrow which was a super easy combination. On my new Dell laptop, it is fn + f10 and I have to struggle to press it when it gets ...
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F2 key to rename not working on Windows 11

I have a Razer BlackWidow 2019 keyboard on a Windows 11 machine WITHOUT Razer Synapse. This keyboard comes with F1-F12 keys mapped to some media functionality (volume up/down, pause, next, etc.) These ...
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How to use Function key and Standard key in extended apple keyboard

I'm using an extended Apple keyboard which is quite old and does not have globe / fn key which handle function key and standard key behaviour in main keyboad. How can I use fn and standard key by ...
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Fn Lock key blink/flash randomly on Lenovo Xiaoxin Laptop in linux

I am on a Lenovo Xiaoxin Pro16 2022 AMD Laptop and sometimes, the fn lock key would blink randomly, not like error codes you would encounter during boot but very fast flashes and not at "full ...
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Fn keys behaving differently

I've been using this Windows computer for a couple of years now, and I'm suddenly seeing a lot of strange behaviour on my Fn keys. It started when I tried to escape full-screen mode by pressing F11, ...
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How to switch fn and ctrl keys on Lenovo X1 Tablet Gen2?

As many people know, Lenovo has this bizarre habit of switching the location of the function (Fn) and left control (Ctrl) keys on their keyboards. I can't imagine why they think this is a good idea (...
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Overwrite Fn key functionality Windows11

I want to use the Fn hot keys implemented in Visual Studio (and other programs as well) but it seems that the Fn keys have different default options on my laptop that have higher priority than program ...
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How do I add the function key to a shortcut on fedora

I already know how to make shortcuts with dconf-editor, but my problem is adding the "fn" key to shortcuts. For example: fn + f1 to mute audio. Ay help would be appreciated, thanks!
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How can I toggle the Fn key lock on an LG Gram running Linux?

Most laptops allow toggling the Fn key lock (whether you have to press the Fn key or not to use the special functions of the f1-f12 keys like adjusting screen brightness or volume), with a shortcut ...
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Can't swap Fn and Ctrl keys in my Lenovo T14

I tried following both steps listed here: https://support.lenovo.com/br/en/solutions/ht074187-how-to-swap-the-fn-function-and-ctrl-control-keyboard-keys-in-bios There is no such option in Control ...
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State of Fn-Key under Linux

Can anyone please tell me how to read the current state of the Fn-key in Linux? Is the current state of my keyboard in "Fn" mode or "normal" mode? I know that I can find out by ...
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Disabling F1 key: lots of problems

I want to disable the commands associated to my Fn keys in particular the F1 command which activates the sleep mode. In addition Fn keys alone are not present in the Keyboard Shortcuts (in the ...
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MSI Laptop - Keyboard not working when fn lock is on

Whenever I turn on the fn-lock on my laptop, my keyboard stops to respond. This happens to both Ubuntu and Windows, I'm dual-booting so I don't think this is something related to OS, should be some ...
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Restore headphone pause/play button iTunes opening settings from launchctl?

I think I used the terminal line command from this page a while back because iTunes opens when you press the pause button on your headphones on macOS launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/...
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Can we still use Fn for dragging a window on new MacBooks?

On my older 2013 MacBook Pro, I was able to hold down the Fn key and drag any window my pointer was in. I've looked through the System preferences on my new MacBook but can't find a way to do this (I ...
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Add extra Fn key combinations, for example Fn+4 = Home

I play SC2 on my laptop, and therefore I have mapped the normal arrow keys to other buttons. To counteract this, I've mapped the numbers 8 4 5 and 6 on my numpad to arrows. Problem is, the original ...
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How to disable the wireless / airplane mode Fn key?

I have a laptop (Acer Aspire 3 N19C1 if that's relevant) mainly for my kid to attend virtual lessons during COVID-19, and by default the F2 key act as a function key to turn Airplane Mode on/off when ...
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Is there a way to get a virtual Fn key to work on a virtual keyboard? (Not a toggle Fn key so not like what the default on-screen keyboard does)

Is there a way to get a virtual Fn key to work on a virtual keyboard? (Not a toggle Fn key so not like what the default on-screen keyboard) For example, the keyboard on my laptop has a key that says ...
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How to manually remap keyboard mapping on different keyboard?

I have an external keyboard connected by USB on my laptop. I would like to remap the keycodes of the external keyboard without changing the keycodes of the laptop keyboard. To be more specific, I ...
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Can I change keyboard so that it is like I am pressing Fn key all the time?

My F1 key puts my computer into sleep mode. This is extremely annoying because my finger could slip on the 1 key and my computer has to wake up again.
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Dell XPS 15 Fn key stopped working

For 3 years, I've used my Fn without a problem. I've used it to switch between my F5 key and the play/pause button for example. And I've most often used it to turn my arrow keys into PgUp/PgDn/Home/...
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HP Hotkey UWP Service: Fn is not working for brightness increasing/decreasing

I'm using HP Probook 440 G4 for last 3 months. And I couldn't increase/decrease brightness using Fn+F5/F6. Every time I tried, it said something like this. [Window name] HP Hotkey UWP Service Error: ...
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How do I keep FN Lock locked after reboot/restart on a Samsung laptop?

For some reason, my Samsung NP270E5E (ATIV Book 2) laptop does not keep my Fn function locked after I restart the laptop. (Running Windows 10, all drivers up to date.) I've tried pressing Shift+Fn ...
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Fn lock/unlock HP Spectre x360

I have used HP Spectre x360 for 1 year. Fn key used for small icon function in F1~F12 keys is suddenly locked, I don't know what happened. I want to use F1~F12 keys for original function to use ...
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How to switch/disable fn-Key for multimedia Keys in KDE Plasma?

I'm using the latest KDE Plasma with Kubuntu on PC hardware. I have an Apple Keyboard attached. KDE automatically maps the multimedia keys to their respective icons (in/decrease loudness, mute, etc). ...
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how turn on WebCam in laptop without keyboards fn key on linux?

my laptop keyboard was broken and i bought a external usb keyboard... but i need use skype or hangouts and i cannot turn on camera because my new keyboard does not have fn key to control webcam like ...
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wasd swapped with arrow keys, FN + w not working to fix

I know the basics of how to fix my pc but this is something I've never had happen: my wasd keys are swapped with arrow keys. I tried FN + W as that would fix it. However I believe the FN key was ...
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Map Fn Key as Ctrl on a Late 2007 MacBook 3,1 running latest Linux Mint

I have a Late 2007 MacBook 3,1 and on those computers the Fn key is at the leftmost position. It is extremely annoying when using shortcuts. I can't even get used to it because I work with other ...
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Broken Laptop Keyboard - Disable Brightness Keys or Add New Shortcuts in Windows 10

A few of my laptop keys no longer function after our 4 year old raged out on the keyboard in a fit of gaming frustration. One of these keys is the brightness increase fn key (f12). This means that ...
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How do you disable the Fn key on a keyboard in Windows?

What I'd like to do is disable the function key on a keyboard entirely. We have devices that are in an environment where the Fn key is never needed and the "alternate" functions of the function key ...
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how to map fn to ctrl with ubuntu on a macbook pro

I want both the fn key and the ctrl key to act like a control key in Ubuntu on my MBP, just like I was able to do with Karabiner under macOS. I first tried xmodmap, but xev doesn't return any event ...
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Assign different multimedia functions (like a notebook setup) to F1-F12 keys on desktop computers? [duplicate]

I want to attribute multimedia functions to F1-F12 keys on a desktop computer. I know they have standard functions (like renaming a file with F2) but It would be way more useful If I could use F2-F3 ...
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Fn+f7 key is not working

Keybinding fn+f7? which previously switched screen backlight, stopped working after kernel update 4.20 on my laptop Asus X540SA. Can I get it back?
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Swap fn key children keys function

I just bought a new laptop, the Acer A715-72G and it has this very annoying feature. The F1-12 keys are swapped with the functions they also give. Like adjusting brightness and adjusting volume. At ...
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Change the specific function of the fn hotkeys on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro

I recently got a new laptop, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro. Although I like it very much, the fn multimedia keys don't include a play/pause, next track and previous track function. Now I want to change ...
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Shift, fn, ctrl, alt, right and left touchpad isn't working

My notebook model is HP PROBOOK 640 G1 I Downloaded hp system image manager about a year ago. I extracted it and accidently opened thunderboltfirmware.exe after opening it it showed cmd-like window ...
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Increase and decrease volume by 1 instead of 2 [duplicate]

So when i use FN+volume_up my volume goes from 0 to 2. Im want to change it so it always goes up by 1. I know about this has already been asked elsewhere but this uses 3rd party software. Is it ...
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Enable Fn lock on some keys only

I recently got a Surface Pro i5 128GB with the type cover. The SP 4 Type Cover looks like this. I am looking for a way to make all the function keys to behave as function keys, but the PrtScr (F7), ...
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How to lock the arrow keys to the alternative function of Home/End/PgUp/PgDown keys on Dell XPS 15?

How is it possible to lock the arrow keys to the alternative function of Home/End/PgUp/PgDown keys on Dell XPS 15 (9560)? The dell XPS 15 9560 uses the Fn key in combination with the up, down, left, ...
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Acer Aspire keyboard prints random letters and Fn combinations does not work

I have Acer Aspire 5742ZG and today I realized that my keyboard stared to work incorrect. For example Fn + F[1-9] does not work while Fn + right/left arrow change sound and up/down change brightness ...
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Acer Laptop Win10 Upgraded to v1703 OS version: Fn Key not working after upgrade

Acer Laptop(Aspire V5 571p) Win10 v1511/1607 OS Upgrade to Win10 v1703 OS version: Fn Key not working after the upgrade.
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fn keys reversed (windows 10,toshiba laptop)

Everytime I want to change music, change the volume, adjust the brightness, etc.. I need to press the fn button back then I don't need to.. I tried everything from installing the function key driver ...
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How to invert FN keys on Xiaomi notebook

Subj. The problem is that by default F1-F12 on Xiaomi Notebook Air act as a FN keys (adjusting sound, screen brightness and so on) and not as F1-F12. So every time I need F1 I actually have to press ...
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How can I "fix" the "Fn" key default behaviour?

How can I change the default behaviour of the Fn key? Basically I want it to be turned on all the time. Is there something there for Ubuntu? None of the solutions (hardware) works for me, neither ...
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How to change Fn key to behave like second function

Fn key on my old computers worked like second function: If I pressed Fn + p, it inserted a star, Fn + j inserted 1. But on my new notebook, the Fn key only works with Fn + F11, which is also NumLk. ...
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How to reverse Fn/F-Key behaviour in Ubuntu on Mac?

I have Ubuntu 16.04 dual booted on my Mac. In OS X I have System Prefs > Keyboard set to "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as Standard Function keys" In Ubuntu this is reversed & I need to always use Fn/...
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Brightness buttons not working (but the rest of the fn keys do)

I have a Dell XPS 13 (2016 version) and the brightness Fn keys suddenly stopped working. I updated my display driver, but the buttons still don't work. When I press one of them, my brightness ...
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Action Keys Mode on Gigabyte Bios

How can I disable fn key/action key mode in my desktop pc? for some reason it got enabled and is giving me trouble.
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How do I disable the F1 "Help" key on Windows 10?

I have a non-UEFI HP laptop running Windows 10. My F keys have a variety of functions on them, and I have to press and hold Fn to access the actual F1-12 functions. My F1 key has a little question ...
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I want to set the FN key on my laptop to toggle

What I want to do, is to set the Fn key as a toggle (same as caps lock). I was thinking this should be possible through registry, but I do not have enough knowledge of it to fix this. (Could also be ...
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