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As I am one of the oldies not sure what function Keys F1-12 are used for, also, how do I get the Euro sign up on my screen, this is on key4 shared with$ sign. Thanking you in anticipation

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The function keys do different things depending on where you are in booting the computer, the OS and the motherboard of the computer.

For example if you press F8 repeatedly as the computer starts up, Windows will launch in the Safe Mode (where you can deal with driver and malware conflicts). Other function keys depend on the system and will be listed on the quickly displayed splash screen when the machine starts up. On some computers, F1 or F2 at this same starting point will let you access the BIOS. F10, F11 and F12 could let you choose the boot location or launch the Recovery software to restore the computer to the factory installed condition.

On some laptops, these keys can control various features as part of hot key controls (press Control or Alt with the Function key). This can toggle an external monitor on and off, or disable the Wifi network. However, the key strokes depend on the machine.

Some programs will use the function keys as hot keys as well. Consult the documentation for the software. (I never learned the Word hot keys. Even though they would have been faster than finding menu/toolbar items with each version.)

To insert Euro symbol on a keyboard with the symbol, try Alt Gr + 4 (the key is next to the space bar). In Microsoft Office (WIndows), you can use the Symbol map to insert the symbol or type Alt+0128.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Posted on May 23, 2011

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