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Function Keys F1 to F12 Uses Tips in Windows

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 key:

  • 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:

  • 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.


F4 key:

  • 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.



F5 key:


  • 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.


F6 key:


  • 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.


F7 key:

  • 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.

F8 key:

  • 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.




F9 key:

  • 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.


F10 key:

  • 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.


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