December 30, 2016

The uses of Function Keys in Computer

Uses of Function Keys in a Computer

Function keys present on a computer keyboard, from F1 to F12, have different uses or no use at all. The operating system of the computer and the software that is being run controls how these keys operate. A software can not only use each of them but also combine the function keys with the Alt or Ctrl key to perform different tasks. For example, on Windows, you can press Alt + F4 function key to close the current software.

On some keyboards, function keys also perform some additional functions when pressed with the Fn key at a time, which is usually located near Ctrl. For example, if the F4 key has a blue "Decrease brightness" sign under it (as shown in the thumbnail above), pressing Fn + F4 will decrease the brightness of your monitor. These additional functions differ depending on the brand of your keyboard. To check any specific feature available on your keyboard, see your computer's documentation or manufacturer's website.

Here we have some uses of Function Keys of a computer having Windows operating system installed on.

 F1 Opens the Help screen for almost every software.
 F2 Allows you to rename a selected file or folder.
 F3 Opens a search feature for an application that is being run at the moment.
 F4 Alt + F4 closes the active window.
 F5 Allows to refresh or reload the page or document window.
 F6 Moves the cursor to the address bar in most Internet browsers.
 F7 Used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft applications such as MS Word.
 F8 Used to access the boot menu in Windows when turning on a computer.
 F9 Refreshes a document in MS Word and sends & receives emails in MS Outlook.
 F10 Activates the menu bar of an open application. Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking.
 F11 Enters and exits fullscreen mode in internet browsers.
 F12 Opens the Save as dialogue box in MS Word.
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