Ever wondered what are the twelve keys f1, f2…,f12 on your keyboard for?
You may have never used these keys until now, but once you start using them , they will work wonders and there will be no turning back.
Some of the function keys have their own working, but some of these can attain a totally different meaning when used in combination with the ‘Alt’(alter), ‘Ctrl’(control) and ‘fn’ keys.
Given below are some of the purposes filled by the function keys:
- F1 is always is the ‘help’ key in any kind of program i.e opens the ‘Help Center’ of the program you are currently working in.
- Using Windows key+F1 opens the Microsoft Windows ‘Help and Support Center’.
- Pressing the F1 key opens the ‘Task Pane’.
- F2 key renames a selected icon, file, or folderin Windows
- Edits the current active cell in Microsoft Excel.
- Alt+Ctrl+F2 opens for you a document window in Microsoft Word.
- Ctrl+F2 gives you the ‘Print Preview’ in Microsoft Word.
F3 key :
- Opens the search feature for many programs on a Windows Operating System.
- Pressing F3 repeats the last entered command in MS-DOS or Windows ‘Command Line’.
- Shift +F3 changes the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of each word.
- In Windows Explorer embarks the ‘Search’ function.
- Opens the ‘Find’ window in the Windows versions 95 to XP.
- In windows and Internet Explorer pressing the F4 key opens the ‘Address Bar’.
- Repeats the last performed action in the 2000+ versions of Microsoft Word.
- The combination of Alt+F4 closes the program window currently running on the Windows Operating System.
- Ctrl+F4 closes the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.
- In all browsers, pressing F5 will refresh or reload the page or document currently open.
- Ctrl+F5 results in a complete refresh of the web page, clearing the cache and all the contents of the page are downloaded again.
- The F4 key refreshes the list of contents of a folder.
- Starts a ‘Slideshow’ in Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Pressing the F6 key moves the cursor to the ‘Address Bar’ in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers.
- The combination of the keys Ctrl+Shift+F6 opens another document in Microsoft Word.
- The F7 key is commonly used to perform Spell Check and grammar check on a document in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Powerpoint etc.
- The keys combination Shift+F7 performs a Thesaurus check on the highlighted word
- Also the F7 key turns on ‘Caret’ browsing in Mozilla Firefox.
- The F8 key is used to start the Windows ‘Startup’ menu, commonly used to enter the Safe Mode in Microsoft Windows.
- Used by some computers to access the Windows recovery system, but sometimes may require a Windows installation CD.
- Pressing the F8 key will refresh the currently active document in Microsoft Outlook
- It is also useful for sending and receiving e-mails in Microsoft Outlook.
- In Microsoft Windows, the F9 key activates the menu bar of an open application or window.
- The combination of the keys Shift+F10 gives the options you see when you right-click on the selected icon, file, or link in the browser.
- Also comes in handy for accessing the hidden recovery partition on Compaq, HP, and Sony computers.
F11 key :
- By pressing the F10 key you can toggle between the ‘On’ and ‘Off’ Full-screen mode in all modern browsers.
- Using the Ctrl+F11 keys together, gives the computer access to the hidden recovery partition on many Dell computers when the system is starting.
- F10 also allows you to access the hidden recovery partition on eMachines, Gateway, and Lenovo computers.
F12 key :
Pressing the F12 key, prompts the opening of the ‘Save As’ window in Microsoft Word.
Using together, Ctrl+F12 opens a document In Word.
The combination of the keys Shift+F12 saves the currently open Microsoft Word document(s).
Also the combination, Ctrl+Shift+F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.