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How do I use the Fn key / F-Shift key / alternate command keys?

Keyboards with an Fn key or F-Shift key provide two sets of commands for many keys. This also includes the top row of standard function keys (F1 to F12).

The standard commands are printed on the front of the keys (e.g. F3). The alternate commands are printed on the top of the buttons (e.g. repeat). In some programs, the standard command and the alternate command perform the same function (for example, F1 usually displays help for the active window, and on some keyboards, the alternate command for F1 also corresponds to help).

Using the Fn key

  • For keyboards with an Fn key, hold down Fn to use the alternate commands.

Tips

  • You can also hold down the Fn key while sliding your finger up or down on the navigation pad to scroll through a document.

  • You can hold down the Fn key while pressing the M, J, K, L, U, I, O, P, /,; keys. and press 0 on the keyboard to mimic the physical layout of the numeric keypad.

Use the F-Shift key

  • If your keyboard has an F-Shift key, you can use it to toggle between the standard commands and alternate commands.

    If the F-Shift LED is off, the alternate functions are in effect (Help, Undo, etc.).
    When the F-lock indicator is activated, standard functions (F1, F2, etc.) work.

Use alternating command keys

The following table contains the standard key assignments for the alternating command keys. You can remap many of these keys using the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.

Alternate command key

function

Help

Opens the help system (if available) for the active window.

Undone

Undoes the last action.

To repeat

Cancels the last undo action.

New

Creates a new document in programs that support this command.

to open

Opens a document in programs that support this command.

Shut down

Closes the document or file in the active window.

reply

Reply to the email message in the active window.

Hand off

Forwards the email message in the active window.

Send

Sends the email message in the active window.

Spell check

Starts the spell checker in the active document if the program in which the document is open has a spell checker.

to save

Saves the file in the active window.

To press

Prints the file in the active window.

Enable the FN lock on the all-in-one media keyboard

To enable the FN lock on the all-in-one media keyboard, press the Fn key and CAPS LOCK key at the same time. To turn off the FN lock, press the Fn key and CAPS LOCK again at the same time.