How To Use Function Keys Without Pressing Fn Key On Windows 10

Here are two ways to use function keys (F1-F12) without pressing the Fn key on Windows 10:

Method 1: Toggle the Fn Lock Key

  1. Locate the Fn Lock key:

    • It’s often a dedicated key with a padlock symbol on it.
    • It might be shared with another key, like Esc or Shift.
    • Check for an Fn Lock icon on those keys.
      Image of keyboard with a padlock icon on the Esc key, indicating the Fn Lock functionality
  2. Press Fn + Fn Lock:

    • This will toggle the Fn Lock on or off.
    • When enabled, you’ll be able to use F1-F12 keys directly without holding Fn.

Method 2: Modify BIOS/UEFI Settings

  1. Enter BIOS/UEFI:

    • Restart your computer.
    • Immediately press the BIOS/UEFI access key repeatedly (usually F1, F2, F10, or Del).
  2. Find “Action Keys Mode” or “Function Keys Mode” setting:

    • The exact navigation and terminology vary by manufacturer.
    • Look for options related to function keys or hotkeys.
  3. Enable “Action Keys Mode” or similar:

    • This prioritizes F1-F12 keys as primary functions without requiring Fn.
  4. Save and Exit:

    • Press the designated key (usually F10) to save changes and restart your computer.

Additional Tips:

  • Dedicated Function Lock keys: Some keyboards have a separate Fn Lock key that toggles this behavior directly.
  • Manufacturer-specific software: Check for keyboard-specific apps that offer function key customization.
  • External keyboards: If using an external keyboard, its settings might override laptop defaults.

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