Do you know what those F-keys at the top of your keyboard do? Well, I suspect some readers out there knows only one or two (if any) of the functions of the function keys!
You’ve been really missing out some major time-saving tricks if the only time you’re seeing these keys is during a computer start-up and when you start smacking every key to fix a certain problem.
Need help? According to Tech Worm, the prime function of the F1 key is to open up the support menu for any program you are in. You can also hit the Windows button together with the F1 key for Microsoft Help and Support.
This key will also allow you to enter CMOS setup. It acts as the mute button for volume in some computers.
This key lets you rename a folder or file on your computer and it may also act as a volume button.
In order to open a document in Microsoft word, hit Alt+Ctrl+F2. To open print preview, hit Ctrl+F2.
It opens a search window in a specific program (like Word).
Want to capitalize a bunch of words in a document? Just highlight the words and hit shift+f3.
To open an advanced find window in Outlook, hit the Windows Key+F3
The F3 key will open Mission Control in Apple.
Whether you actually don’t want to see an accidentally opened site or just playing with Facebook at work, hit Alt+F4 or Ctrl +F4 and it will automatically close current windows (without saving).
F4 key opens the address bar without touching your mouse.
The F4 button will repeat the last action you performed in a Microsoft word.
F5 key can help if the internet is lagging. Refresh the page you are on by hitting this key.
Press CTRL+F5 if you want to clear the cache and completely refresh your browser. This button opens the find/replace button in Word or start a new slideshow in PowerPoint.
Whenever you are typing and wanted to save a few seconds, just press the F6 button to move your cursor to the website browser of choice.
To open a new word document, combine CTRL+Shift+F6
For some laptops, this key may turn the mouse pad on or off or may act as a volume button on some laptops.
Click F7 to run a spell/grammar check if you are typing a document in Word. Combine Shift+F7 to open a thesaurus on a highlighted word.
This key will turn on Caret browsing if you’re using Firefox.
It opens Windows Safe Mode (great if you think you have a virus). Use this key to run a recovery on your computer if you have an installation CD
The key shows thumbnails for all open workspaces on Mac.
The F9 key open a measurement toolbar in Quark 5.0, send an email in Outlook and reduce screen brightness on some laptops
The F9 key is used to show thumbnail images of workspaces on OS 10.3.
Mission Control on Mac OS X, combine Fn+ F9.
The menu bar of an application will open using the F10 key. On Windows 10, opens the option to send your project display to another screen (like the TV or another computer).
Pressing Shift+F10 is just the same as clicking on an icon or internet link.
The F10 button will show all open windows in IOS.
Want to get into and out of full-screen mode on your internet browser? Press F11. In IOS this button hides all open windows (this is a good option if your kids walk in while you're buying Christmas presents online.)
While working in Excel, combine Shift+F11 to add a new sheet to your document.
Use F12 to open the "save as" window in Word.
Combine CTRL+F12 to open a document while in Microsoft Word.
To save a document, just combine SHIFT+F12.
CTRL+SHIFT+F12 prints a document
The F12 shows and hides your dashboard in IOS.
Hit the F12 button at start up to decide which bootable device to use.