Friday, 16 December 2011

What do F keys do

The function keys.  They are one of the "invisible" parts of a computer keyboard.  Not many people know what they do but you will find them valuable once you know what each of them do.

F1
Once pressed, it will usually bring up the Help menu of the program you are working in.  To get the help menu for Windows, you need to press F1 while you can see the desktop.

F2
This can be a very useful short cut for renaming a folder or a file.  It does the same job as right click, rename.  Used in combination with other keys it can:

F3
This is one true gem!  It opens a find menu in any program you might have opened in Windows including web browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc), word processors (Microsoft Word etc), image organisers (Picasa) and more.

F4
It can be used in combination with the Alt key to quickly close the currently opened application and even to shut down Windows

F5
It is the refresh key. In any application you might be working on, this key will help you get the most current version.  It also starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.

F6
In Internet Explorer and Google Chrome pressing F6 moves the cursor to the address bar; a useful short cut for going to a new web page.

F7
Pressing this function key in a word processor will run the grammar and spell check.

F8
During the computer's boot up process, pressing F8 will help you access the Safe mode.  

F9
This does not have a common use.  However, it may be used in some individual programs.  To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program’s help screen and type in the words function key.

F10
It activates the menu bar of the currently open application.  You can use F10 to highlight the first menu choice, and then use the arrow keys to move around the menus.

F11
This is a useful trick if you want to see more information on your screen.  Pressing F11 will get you to full screen mode.  TO get back to normal view press the key again.

F12
Opens the Save As  menu in Microsoft Word.


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