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Regularly adjust screen brightness & now function F5 not working

Now my function key is not activating any of my "blue" keys. I accidentally hit shift 5 times, but I believe I did not activate sticky keys, but don't know what I did to deactivate my function key. Also, is there another way to access& adjust that "brightness bar" on the screen besides the function F5?

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