The F1, F2…F12 keys are quite mysterious. We have them in front of us whenever we use a keyboard, but rarely do we use them much more than to refresh the screen with F5, and if we are a little salsa, we can even use F2 or F8 to access the computer’s BIOS and make some changes to the system settings.
We see these keys constantly, but could you tell me what the F3 key is really for? Did you know that in some programs, if we press F10, the program shows us all the keyboard shortcuts graphically?
Meaning and Usefulness of All The “Function” Keys on The Keyboard: From F1 to The F12 Key
Next we will review the functions of all the keys Function (correct, that’s where the name comes from) of standard keyboards, one by one. Surely after reading this post you will find some interesting utility that you had not noticed…
- Open the window “Aid” of the vast majority of programs.
- Access to BIOS setup.
- Windows key + F1: Opens the Windows Help and Support Center.
- Open the control panel.
- rename the selected file or folder. It works with all versions of Windows.
- if we press Alt + Ctrl + F2 Open the “Open Document” window in Microsoft Word.
- Ctrl+F2 opens the print preview window in Microsoft Word.
- Open the BIOS setup.
- Open a search window when we are on the Windows desktop or in the explorer.
- In MS-DOS or Windows, if we press F3 repeat last command done.
- Shift+F3 in Microsoft Word changes the format of selected words from lowercase to all uppercase or only the first letter to uppercase. .
- Windows key + F3 opens the advanced search window in Microsoft Outlook.
- Opens the Mission Control window on Mac OS X.
- open the search window in Windows 95/XP.
- open the address bar in both Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
- Repeat the last action performed in Microsoft Word (only valid from Word 2000 onwards).
- Alt+F4 closes the active window in Microsoft Windows.
- refreshes or reload the active page in any internet browser.
- Open the window “search for and replace” in Microsoft Word.
- Start presentation mode in PowerPoint.
- Place the cursor in the address bar of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome etc.
- Ctrl+Shift+F6 Allows you to navigate between different open Microsoft Word documents.
- Decreases the speaker volume on some laptops.
- Do the spell check and grammar in Microsoft documents, such as Word, Outlook etc.
- Shift+F7 opens a side panel with synonyms and antonyms when you select a word in Microsoft Word.
- Change the cursor mode in Mozilla Firefox to “free scrolling cursor”.
- Increases the sound volume on some laptops.
- Pressing F8 when starting the equipment we will enter the windows boot menu, commonly used to boot the system in Safe Mode. If you want to access in safe mode in Windows 10 take a look HERE.
- On some computers it is used to access the Windows system recovery system.
- Shows a thumbnail image of all workspaces in Mac OS.
- Update the document in Microsoft Word.
- Carry out the process ofSend and receive” in Outlook.
- Opens the measurement bar in Quark 5.0.
- Displays a thumbnail image of each window in a workspace in Mac OS 10.3 or later.
- If we use the key Fn and F9 at the same time, open Mission Control on Apple computers running Mac OS X.
- On Windows, in some applications show keyboard shortcuts of the active program (for example in Word), and in other brands selected the menu bar.
- Shift+F10 has the same function as a right mouse click when having a file or folder selected.
- Access the hidden recovery partition on Compaq, HP, and Sony computers.
- Access the BIOS setup menu (on some computers).
- Increase brightness (on some laptops)
- Shows all open windows of the same program (Mac OS 10.3 or later only).
- Used to enter or exit the mode full screen. Valid for any browser.
- if we press F11 or Ctrl + F11 when booting the computer we can access the recovery partition of many Dell, eMachines, Gateway and Lenovo computers.
- Minimizes all windows and shows the desktop (Mac OS 10.4 and later only).
- Open the window “Save as” in Microsoft Word.
- Ctrl+F12 open a document in Microsoft Word.
- Shift+F12 performs the saving action in a Word document, as if we pressed Ctrl+S. Same same.
- Ctrl+Shift+F12 performs the print document action in Microsoft Word.
- Preview of page in Microsoft Expression Web.
- Open the debug tool in the browser.
- Show or hide the dashboard on Mac OS 10.4 or later.
- Accesses the boot menu and allows you to select the computer’s boot device (hard drive, USB, CD or DVD, etc.).
Finally, remember that if you want to get more out of your keyboard, you also have a lot of keyboard shortcuts for Windows that will help you increase your productivity.