How to Choose Whether Your Function Keys Are F1-F12 Keys …

To choose whether your function keys (F1-F12) on a Windows PC behave as standard function keys or perform special actions, such as adjusting brightness or volume, you can change the function key settings in the system’s BIOS or UEFI settings. Here’s how:

  1. Restart your Windows PC.
  2. As the computer restarts, look for the message indicating the key to access the BIOS or UEFI settings. The key varies depending on the manufacturer, but it is often one of the following: F2, F10, Delete, or Esc. Keep an eye out for instructions on the screen during startup.
  3. Once you identify the correct key, press it repeatedly until the BIOS or UEFI settings screen appears. This screen may differ depending on your PC’s manufacturer.
  4. Navigate through the BIOS or UEFI settings using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  5. Look for an option related to “Function Key Behavior,” “Fn Key Behavior,” or similar wording. This setting determines how the function keys operate.
  6. Change the setting to your preference. If you want the function keys to behave as standard function keys, choose the “Function Key” or “Legacy” option. If you want them to perform special actions, choose the “Multimedia Key” or “Hotkey” option.
  7. Save the changes and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings. Typically, you can press the F10 key to save and exit.

After restarting your computer, the function keys should operate according to the selected setting. If you opted for the “Function Key” or “Legacy” option, you’ll need to press the “Fn” key in combination with the function key (e.g., Fn + F1) to perform the special actions.

Please note that the specific steps and options in the BIOS or UEFI settings may vary depending on your computer’s manufacturer and BIOS/UEFI version. If you encounter difficulties or have trouble finding the necessary options, consult your computer’s user manual or contact the manufacturer’s support for further assistance.

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