Windows Function Keys





The function keys are located at the top of the keyboard and are used in combination with other keys such as the Ctrl, Alt & Shift keys.


For Learners:






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  • F1 : Opens HELP for the current displayed program.
  • F2:  Highlights the name of a selected object for renaming.
  • F3:  Opens Search in Windows Explorer.
  • F4:  Drops down the Address Bar in Internet Explorer.
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For Two Finger Typists






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  • F5: Refreshes the current view.
  • F6: Similar to the Tab key, it moves the cursor around the structure of the program.
  • F7: Spell & Grammar check in Microsoft programs.
  • F10: Activates the Menu Bar of the current program.
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For Intermediates






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  • Alt + F4: Closes the currently displayed program.
  • Alt + F6: Switches between multiple windows in the same program.
  • Shift + F10: Displays the pop up menu, like right clicking on an item.
  • Shift + F12: Saves in Microsoft programs.
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For The Geeks






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  • F8 & F9 : Have no specific function. They can be used to create your own shortcuts for programs. Locate the shortcut and right click. Select Properties/ Shortcut and put cursor in the 'Shortcut Key' field. Press the F key you desire and apply. Now press the function key and the program will open. Key Combinations can be used as well.
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