You may have been using Windows for a long time, but I’m sure the majority of you are unaware of all the features of the Function Keys or F-keys on a computer keyboard. The Function Keys or F-keys on a computer keyboard, labelled F1 through F12, are keys that have a special function defined by the operating system or a currently running programme.
They can be used in conjunction with the Alt or Ctrl keys. We’re all familiar with keyboard shortcuts like CTRL+C for copying and CTRL+V for pasting, but you might not be aware of what the F1, F2, F3,…..F12 keys do or when to utilise them.
The F-keys on some tiny keyboards, such as those found on many laptop computers, may have a dedicated function such as altering the screen brightness, audio level, or other device-specific capabilities.
You can usually hold down a distinct Function Key on these keyboards to signal that you want to utilise the key as a conventional Function key. You may arrange your keyboard to treat your function keys as ordinary Function keys in your Control Panel or System Settings if you prefer not to use the Fn key to access them.
If your keyboard doesn’t contain a row of function keys, they’re usually assigned to other keys as auxiliary functions. For extra information, look for alternate labels on your keys or consult your computer’s handbook. In this article, we’ll look at the F1-F12 keys’ common characteristics and uses, as well as how they can be combined with the CTRL and ALT keys.
Uses Of Function Keys F1 Key
- “Help” is generally always invoked by using the F1 key. If you’re using Windows OS and need assistance, hit the F1 key, which will bring up a help window.
- The F1 key is sometimes used to enter the BIOS (press F1 when your computer is about to boot).
- The “Help and Support” Microsoft Windows can be accessed by pressing the Win + F1 keys together.
Uses Of Function Keys F2 Key
- Rename the selected file or folder quickly. Works with all Windows versions.
- Opens the document as a Microsoft Word document by pressing Alt + Ctrl + F2.
- Ctrl + F2 — Opens Microsoft Word’s Preview window.
- To enter the BIOS on a regular basis.
Uses Of Function Keys Keys F3
- To rehash the last summons, use F3 on the MS-DOS charge line or in Windows.
- In Microsoft Outlook, press Win + F3 to open the Advanced Search pane.
- Shift + F3 – Changes the content of each phrase in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or capital letters at the start.
- If I’m not mistaken, the F3 key activates the Application«Control» on Apple machines running Mac OS X.
Uses Of Function Keys F4 Key
- To close the current application window, use Alt + F4. If no application windows are open, a Shutdown dialogue box appears.
- Ctrl + F4 in Microsoft Windows dismisses an active window within another active window and opens the address bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
- To repeat the last operation in Microsoft Word, press F4.
Uses Of Function Keys F5 Key
- Refreshes the current page in all advanced apps, as well as redesigning the desktop or opening organisers in Windows.
- Using Powerpoint to demonstrate a slide.
Uses Of Function Keys F6
- In the location bar, move the cursor (additionally works in numerous advanced programs).
- Ctrl + Shift + F6 – opens a Microsoft Word document
Uses Of Function Keys F7
- Mostly used for spelling and grammar in a document programs Microsoft (Word, Outlook, etc.)
Uses Of Function Keys F8
- Pressing an F8 key while your PC is about to boot will result in booting your PC in Safe mode.
Uses Of Function Keys F9
- In Windows, the F9 key does not have any function. However, it may be used in some specific programmes. Bring up the software’s help screen and enter in the words function key to see if it’s available in the programme you’re using.
Uses Of F10 Key
- In the open organiser window, activates “Menu.”
- Shift + F10 – acts similarly to a right mouse click.
- While your system is booting, press F10 to get the BIOS information.
- On Sony computers, F10 is used to access the hidden recovery sector.
Uses Of F11 Key
- F11 Key will take you to Full-screen mode and it can be used and work in any Browser.
Uses Of F12 Key
- Opens Microsoft Word’s “Save As” menu.
- Shift + F12 — Saves a Microsoft Word document.
- Ctrl + Shift + F12 — Prints a Microsoft Word document.
- In any browser, the F12 key will bring up the Inspect element box.