Almost all keyboard has a set of Function keys starting from F1 to F12. The function keys are placed at the top of the keyboard labeled F1 through F12. On a laptop, there is a separate Fn key, to use the function. These keys combined with Alt and Ctrl keys to make useful keyboard shortcuts. The use of each key is organized by the operating system installed on the computer and the software program we are using.
|Function key||Use of function keys|
|F1||A help system is an important thing for all programs. F1 key invokes the help function in a program. It opens up the help screen when the key is pressed. F1 + Windows key invokes Windows help.|
|F2||Use F2 to rename highlighted files, folders, or icons. It allows us to quickly rename the selected file or folder.|
|F3||Use F3 for search files and folders. Opens the search feature of a program.|
|F4||Opens the address bar in the internet explorer. In Microsoft Windows, pressing Alt + F4 to close the currently active program.|
|F5||Use F5 to reload or refresh the document window or page.|
|F6||Move the cursor to the address bar in internet browsers.|
|F7||To check spelling and grammar in Microsoft programs.|
|F8||To enter the Windows startup menu|
|F9||Refesh docuemnt in Microsoft word.|
|F10||Activates the menu bar of an open application.|
|F11||Enter and exit fullscreen in internet browsers.|
|F12||In Microsoft word, shows Save as a window. Ctrl+F12 opens a word document. F12 can be used to open developer tools on different browsers.|
Everyone noticed the function keys at the top of the keyboard, but how many of us used these keys to perform various tasks. These function keys can perform various functions on different programs. They can be used in conjunction with the ctrl, alt, and shift keys on the keyboard. Read the Keyboard Key Names and Functions of Every Key to know the name and functions of keys in your computer keyboard.