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F9,F10,F11 and F12 keys don't work in windows

I have a windows based application that I use for work that utilizes the F10 key to file information. I'm not able to get the F9, F10, F11 or F12 key to do anything when working in windows.

If I try to use the same keys in a DOS setting they seem to work fine.

any ideas?

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How do I find out what the F keys do on my Asus laptop? and how to use them?


What is the model of you Asus computer. There are a wide rage of differences between them as there are extra functions to them. The basic old school uses are as follows:

F1
As a throwback to DOS days, you will find that the F1 key will often bring up a help menu. If you press F1 while working in a program, help for that program will usually appear. If you press F1 while at the Windows desktop or when the Windows Explorer is open, a Windows help screen will pop up. If you happen to be working in a program and would like to see the Windows help screen, simply press the Windows key (the key with the Windows logo on the bottom row of keys) on your keyboard and press F1 at the same time.
F2
You can use the F2 key to rename an item when working in Windows. Highlight any folder or file, and press F2. You will then be able to type a new name for the object. After you type the new name, just click outside the name box or press the enter key to make the name change. This works just like right-clicking a file or folder and selecting Rename.
F3
When you are working in Windows, the F3 key will open the Find Files window.
F4
The F4 key has some very useful functionality. You can press F4 to open the Address bar when working in Internet Explorer. This will allow you to type the address of a Web page for quick access.
You can also press the Alt key and the F4 key at the same time to close the open Window that you are currently working on.
F5
The F5 key is the refresh key. You can press F5 when viewing a Web page to make sure that you have the most current version of that Web page. You can also use F5 when in Windows to refresh the screen. This can be a handy shortcut. If perhaps you are viewing the contents of a CD and you remove that CD and insert another CD, your screen will still show the contents of the CD. Just press F5 to refresh the screen and see the contents of the CD you just inserted.
F6
This key is often used to move the cursor around the structure of the program. Pressing it will often cycle you from window to window. In Internet Explorer and Firefox, pressing F6 moves the cursor to the address bar.
F7
The F7 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program's help screen and type in the words function key.
F8
The F8 key can be used to access Safe Mode if pressed during the computer's boot up process. This is a trouble-shooting mode which will start the computer with minimal drivers.
F9
The F9 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program's help screen and type in the words function key.
F10
F10 is the key that is used to activate the menu bar in many programs. You can use F10 to highlight the first menu choice, and then use the arrow keys to move around the menus. Pressing the Shift key while pressing F10 will bring up the shortcut menu. This is similar to right-clicking on an object.
F11
Press F11 when you are working in Internet Explorer and many other programs, and the window will open to full screen mode. This will make all the toolbars disappear and can be useful to see more information on the screen. Press F11 when you are in full screen mode will toggle you back to your normal view.
F12
The F12 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program's help screen and type in the words function key.

Sep 07, 2013 | ASUS Computers & Internet

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List of functions for the 'f' keys


i've got a list that includes every "f" key and what it's used to....

F1
  • 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 support center.
  • Open the Task pane.
F2
  • In Windows renames a highlighted icon, file or folder in all versions of Windows.
  • Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens document window in Microsoft word.
  • Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.
  • Quickly rename a selected file or folder.
  • Enter CMOS setup.
F3
  • Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows when at the Windows Desktop.
  • In MS-DOS or Windows command line F3 will repeat the last command.
  • Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
  • Windows key + F3 opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Open Mission control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.
F4
  • Open find window in Windows 95 to XP.
  • Open the adress bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
  • Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
  • Alt + F4 will close the program window currently active in Microsoft Windows.
  • Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.
F5
  • 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.
F6
  • Move the cursor to the Adress bar in Internet Explorer, Mozilla firefox and most other Internet browsers.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.
F7
  • 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.
F8
  • Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly used to access Windows Safe mode.
F9
  • Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.
  • With Mac OS 10.3 or later shows all open Windows.
  • Using the Fn key and F9 at the same time will open Mission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.
F10
  • In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application.
  • 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 computers.
  • Enter CMOS setup.
  • With Mac OS 10.3 or later shows all open Windows for active program.
F11
  • Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.
  • Ctrl + F11 as computer is starting to access the hiden recovery partition on many Dell computers.
  • Access the hidden recovery partition on eMachines, Gateway, and Lenovo computers.
  • With Mac OS 10.4 or later hides all open windows and shows the Desktop.
F12
  • 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.
  • With an Apple running Mac OS 10.4 or later F12 will show or hides the Dashboard.
F13 - F24
Early IBM computers also had keyboards with F13 through F24 keys. However, because these keyboards are no longer used i haven't listed them

Aug 28, 2013 | Q2 Designs T2130 Notebook

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What does each f key on the compaq nx6110 do


F1
  • 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 support center.
  • Open the Task Pane.
F2
  • In Windows renames a highlighted icon, file, or folder in all versions of Windows.
  • Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens document window in Microsoft Word.
  • Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.
  • Quickly rename a selected file or folder.
  • Enter CMOS Setup.
F3
  • Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows when at the Windows Desktop..
  • In MS-DOS or Windows command line F3 will repeat the last command.
  • Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
  • Windows Key + F3 opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Open Mission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.
F4
  • Open find window in Windows 95 to XP.
  • Open the address bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
  • Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
  • Alt + F4 will close the program window currently active in Microsoft Windows.
  • Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.
F5
  • 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.
F6
F7
  • 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.
F8
  • Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly used to access Windows Safe Mode.
F9
  • Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.
  • With Mac OS 10.3 or later shows all open Windows.
  • Using the Fn key and F9 at the same time will open Mission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.
F10
  • In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application.
  • 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 computers.
  • Enter CMOS Setup.
  • With Mac OS 10.3 or later shows all open Windows for active program.
F11
  • 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.
  • With Mac OS 10.4 or later hides all open windows and shows the Desktop.
F12
  • 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.
  • With an Apple running Mac OS 10.4 or later F12 will show or hides the Dashboard.

Jul 15, 2013 | HP Compaq nx6110 PC Laptop

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F buttons description


F1 - Security System

1

Press and hold the "Fn" key on the lower left-hand corner of your Toshiba keyboard.


2

Press the "F1" key to activate the security system.


Your laptop's screen will go blank so others can't see what you are working on or accessing.


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3

Press any key or touch the touchpad to exit the security mode.


F2 - Power Save Mode

4

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


5

Press the "F2" key to activate the Power Save mode and make changes to how your laptop handles operating on battery or AC power.


6

Press "Fn" and the "F2" key again to exit the power save mode.


F3 - Standby Mode

7

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


8

Press the "F3" key to place your laptop in Standby mode.

The Standby dialog box will appear.


9

Verify you want to enter Standby mode. Press the power button on your Toshiba laptop to exit Standby mode.


F4 - Hibernation Mode

10

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


11

Press the "F4" key to activate the Hibernation mode and save whatever documents and files that are open to your hard drive.


12

Verify you want to enter Hibernation mode. Press the power button on your Toshiba laptop to exit Hibernation mode.


F5 - Active Display Device/F6 and F7 - Toshiba LCD Screen Brightness

13

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


14

Press the "F5" key to change your laptop's active display device from the laptop screen to an external monitor.


15

Click on the display configuration you want: displaying on both the laptop and external monitor; only on the laptop; only on the external monitor; or a specific screen resolution.


16

Press and hold "Fn" and "F5" to accept the new display settings. Press and hold "Fn" and "F5" again to return to your laptop's display only.


17

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


18

Press the "F6" key to decrease your laptop's screen brightness. Press the "F7" key to increase the brightness.


F8 - Wireless Connection/Bluetooth

19

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


20

Press the "F8" key to select the wireless Internet or Bluetooth connection you want to use.


21

Press and hold "Fn" and "F8" to make your selection. Release the keys to confirm your selection.


F9 - Touchpad Control

22

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


23

Press the "F9" key to enable your laptop's touchpad.


24

Press and hold "Fn" and "F9" again to disable the touchpad.


F10 and F11 - Numeric Keypad/F12 - Scroll Lock

25

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


26

Press the "F10" key to enable your Toshiba laptop's numeric keypad.


27

Press and hold "Fn" and "F11" to enable the cursor control keys on the numeric keypad.


28

Press and hold the "Fn" and "F10" or "F11" key to disable the numeric keypad or cursor control keys.


29

Press and hold the "Fn" key.


30

Press the "F12" key to lock your cursor on a specific line of text. Press and hold "Fn" and "F12" to turn scroll lock off.


hope this helps




Sep 25, 2012 | Toshiba Satellite A100-S8111TD Notebook

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What are functions of all F keys on my keyboard


here's an answer
F1
As a throwback to DOS days, you will find that the F1 key will often bring up a help menu. If you press F1 while working in a program, help for that program will usually appear. If you press F1 while at the Windows desktop or when the Windows Explorer is open, a Windows help screen will pop up. If you happen to be working in a program and would like to see the Windows help screen, simply press the Windows key (the key with the Windows logo on the bottom row of keys) on your keyboard and press F1 at the same time.

F2
You can use the F2 key to rename an item when working in Windows. Highlight any folder or file, and press F2. You will then be able to type a new name for the object. After you type the new name, just click outside the name box or press the enter key to make the name change. This works just like right-clicking a file or folder and selecting Rename.

F3
When you are working in Windows, the F3 key will open the Find Files window.

F4
The F4 key has some very useful functionality. You can press F4 to open the Address bar when working in Internet Explorer. This will allow you to type the address of a Web page for quick access.

You can also press the Alt key and the F4 key at the same time to close the open Window that you are currently working on.

F5
The F5 key is the refresh key. You can press F5 when viewing a Web page to make sure that you have the most current version of that Web page. You can also use F5 when in Windows to refresh the screen. This can be a handy shortcut. If perhaps you are viewing the contents of a floppy disk and you insert a new floppy, your screen will still show the contents of the first floppy. Just press F5 to refresh the screen and see the contents of the floppy you just inserted.

F6
This key is often used to move the cursor around the structure of the program. Pressing it will often cycle you from window to window.

F7
The F7 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program's help screen and type in the words function key.

F8
The F8 key can be used to access Safe Mode if pressed during the computer's boot up process. This is a trouble-shooting mode which will start the computer with minimal drivers.

F9
The F9 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program's help screen and type in the words function key.

F10
F10 is the key that is used to activate the menu bar in many programs. You can use F10 to highlight the first menu choice, and then use the arrow keys to move around the menus. Pressing the Shift key while pressing F10 will bring up the shortcut menu. This is similar to right-clicking on an object.

F11
Press F11 when you are working in Internet Explorer and the window will open to full screen mode. This will make all the toolbars disappear and can be useful to see more information on the screen. Press F11 when you are in full screen mode will toggle you back to your normal view.

F12
The F12 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program's help screen and type in the words function key.

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Sep 08, 2011 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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The screen is very fade and i cannot work it as of this problem please help


Hi There

If you look at the keyboard there are normally second function keys on the f9 f10 and f11 keys if you press the second function key left of the space bar with fn on it and the f9 f10 or f11 key with the sun and an up arrow this might brighten the screen

Jun 29, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I need to know what the keys f1-f12 keys usage.


The uses for the function (f1-f12) keys varies based on which program you have open at the time. Different programs use them for different things.

However, your computer also has some default uses for these keys when combined with pressing the fn (function) key.

fn + f1 locks computer

fn + f2 changes our power use profile

fn + f3 puts the computer to sleep

fn + f4 puts the computer into hibernation mode

fn + f5 changes the display/output mode

fn + f6 decreases the screen brightness

fn + f7 increases the screen brightness

fn + f8 enables/disables wireless connections

fn + f9 enables/disables the touch pad

fn + f10 turns the cursor overlay on/off

fn + f11 turns the numeric overlay on/off

fn + f12 turns scroll lock on/off

May 05, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite Pro L300 Notebook

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Please list the different tasks of the function keys


Hi Good day!!! Here are the list:

F1 * Almost always used as the help key, almost every program will open the help screen when this key is pressed.
* Windows Key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
* Open the Task Pane.

F2 * In Windows commonly used to rename a highlighted icon or file.
* Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens a new document in Microsoft Word.
* Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.

F3 * Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows.
* Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.

F4 * Open find window.
* Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
* Alt + F4 will close the program currently active in Microsoft Windows.
* Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.

F5 * 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.

F6 * Move the cursor to the Address bar in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
* Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.

F7 * 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.

F8 * Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly use to get into Windows Safe Mode.

F9 * Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.

F10 * In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application.
* Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link.

F11 * Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.

F12 * Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.
* Shift + F12 save the Microsoft Word document.
* Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.

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Oct 28, 2010 | Fujitsu AMILO PC Laptops

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What are the functions of the keys on the dell 1745. F1, F2, keys with the symbols above them?


Fn + F1 Change Display Device. Fn + F2 Wireless Control Fn + F3 Battery information Fn + F4 Decreases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Fn + F5 Increases brightness on the integrated display only (not on an external monitor). Fn + F6 Keyboard backlit(available only if a backlit keyboard is installed) Fn + F7 Mute Fn + F8 Decrease audio Volume. Fn + F9 Increase audio Volume. Fn + F10 CD Previous - Play previous media file. Fn + F11 CD Play/Pause - If there is Audio CD in system, Media player will play music. Fn + F12 CD Next - Play next media file.

Jan 08, 2010 | Dell Studio 17 Notebook

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