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Whether you’re a desktop PC user or a laptop user, you must have seen the twelve function keys located on top of your keyboard. These function keys are dedicated to performing different minor yet useful functions such as adjusting the brightness, volume, connectivity, and much more. There’s no denying that the function keys are handy, especially if you’re one of those users who tend to do most of the work from their keyboards.
The function keys can be used with the help of an FN key that sits a few keys away from your spacebar. Have you ever wondered, though, how you can access your standard function keys without having to use the FN button? If you want to get the most out of your PC’s keyboard and master this specific trick, then you’ve come to the right place. In today’s article, we shall be teaching you guys how to use the function keys without pressing the FN button.
Procedure 1: Disabling the FN Lock
This method is not for all since different users have different keyboards. You’re lucky if your keyboard comes with an FN lock key. The FN lock key is either given a completely separate place on your keyboard or merged with the Esc button. To find whether your keyboard has the FN lock key or not, look for a key with a padlock sign on it.
Once you’ve found it, press the FN key along with the FN lock key. Doing so will allow you to perform the functions from the twelve keys without having to press and hold the FN key. This is perhaps the easiest way of disabling the FN lock. However, if you got unlucky in this case and did not have the FN lock key, don’t worry; we got an alternate procedure for you.
Procedure 2: Configuring the BIOS Settings
Your second-best bet at disabling the use of the Fn key is through making some changes in your PC’s BIOS settings. Unfortunately, the procedure required to get this done is a tad bit complex on Windows 10. However, following our set of instructions would allow you to get the job done with no confusion whatsoever. Here’s what you have to do:
- Power off your PC. Ensure it fully shuts down before you move on to the next step.
- Turn on your PC. As soon as the logo of your PC’s manufacturer appears on the screen, consecutively press the F10 function key ten times.
Note: The shortcut to BIOS settings ranges from PC to PC. If F10 doesn’t work, try other function keys. You can also check your PC’s guide to see the exact keys you want to be pressing.
- Once the BIOS settings are displayed on your screen, use the navigation keys to go into “System Configuration”.
- Here you’ll find the “Action Keys” option. Navigate towards it and press the Enter key to access the Enable/Disable option.
- Choose the Enable option to allow the function keys to perform without the FN key.
- Press the F10 key to save your changes and restart your PC.
With the help of our article, we hope you’ll now be able to use your function keys without having to press FN. This procedure should not be a hassle if you can give your PC’s BIOS guide a read. The only hard part is accessing the BIOS settings, but handling the rest is a piece of cake once you’re in there.