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a question that is asked many times. "What are the
Function Keys used for?" The row of keys across the top of the
keyboard. Remember, the F1 key triggers a HELP screen just about
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What are the F1 through F12 keys?
Commonly known as "function keys", F1 through F12 may have a
variety of different uses or no use at all. Depending on the
installed operating system and the software program currently open
will change how each of these keys operate. A program is capable of
not only using each of the function keys, but also combining the
function keys with the ALT or CTRL key, for example, Microsoft
Windows users can press ALT + F4 to close the program currently
Below is a short-listing of some of the common functions of the
functions keys on computers running Microsoft Windows. As mentioned
above not all programs support function keys and may perform
different tasks then those mentioned.
- Almost always used as the help key, almost every program
will open the help screen when this key is pressed.
- Enter CMOS Setup.
- Windows Key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and
- Open the Task Pane.
- In Windows commonly used to rename a highlighted icon or
- Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens document window in Microsoft Word.
- Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft
- Enter CMOS Setup.
- Often opens a search feature for many programs including
- In MS-DOS or Windows command line F3 will repeat the last
- Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper
to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every
- Open find window.
- Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
- Alt + F4 will close the program currently active in
- Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current
active window in Microsoft Windows.
- In all modern Internet browsers pressing F5 will refresh or
reload the page or document window.
- Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word.
- Starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.
- Move the cursor to the Address bar in Internet Explorer and
- Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word
- Commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in
Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.
- Shift + F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
- Turns on Caret browsing in Mozilla Firefox.
- Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu,
commonly used to access Windows Safe Mode.
- Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.
- In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open
- Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted
icon, file, or Internet link.
- Access the hidden recovery partition on HP and Sony
- Enter CMOS Setup.
- Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.
- Ctrl + F11 as computer is starting to access the hidden
recovery partition on many Dell computers.
- Access the hidden recovery partition on eMachines, Gateway,
and Lenovo computers.
- Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.
- Shift + F12 save the Microsoft Word document.
- Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.
- Preview a page in Microsoft Expression Web
- Open Firebug.
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