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How do i change the funtions of the F1 to F12 keys. They are currently set up so that when i select F2 the brightness is adjusted.

They are currently set up so that when I select F2 the brightness is adjusted. I have been told to change the BIOS by selecting F10 but this is not working.

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I'm not sure I understand? What or Why do you want to change it? usually , when the computer is booted you use the function keys. If you reboot the laptop and immediately tap F keys you will get , say, BIOS setup, Boot Menu, Recovery program, etc. You didn't post the Make, Model of Laptop or the OS you are using?

Posted on Apr 19, 2013

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  • Rose-Anne Nasr Apr 19, 2013

    As an example, when in excel I want to use F2 key to highlight the formula in the cell. When i currently hit this key the brightness adjusts and i have to use fn + F2 to get the result i need. As i use excel quite a bit i would like this changed. My laptop is a HP Pavillion G62235TX and i am using Windows 8.

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    max carson Apr 19, 2013

    You can find a User Manual here:http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/produ... You may be able to reasign? I don't know for sure.

  • Rose-Anne Nasr Apr 19, 2013

    thanks - i got to the BIOS and found the area to change the funtion keys however it did not work. I will take a look at the link you sent and hopefully it will work....

  • max carson
    max carson Apr 19, 2013

    I'm not sure , but take a look here, research HP support:http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Other-Noteb...

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