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How can I find out what the "F" keys at the top of my keyboard are for?

Asked by peggylou (1136points) November 30th, 2006
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Evan's avatar
What exactly is it that you want to know about them? They do a lot of different things, depending on what program you're using. F1 is usually a help key, in a lot of standard programs. F8 and/or F10 are often used as keys that can be hit at startup to bring up setup keys.
peggylou's avatar
In 18 years of computer use, I have never discovered what the purpose of each F key is. Is there some place I can go to discover the answers for each key?
Evan's avatar
Please don't take any offence to the the site that this is at, but it's actually a pretty good description of what some of them are good for, in Windows:
peggylou's avatar
Evan, that's a great site! Do you know if AARP has other computer help sites? Unfortunately my computer is a Mac.
andrew's avatar
Are you trying to figure out what the f-keys do, or what the little symbols on the f-keys do (for a mac)?
peggylou's avatar
Not the symbols--just the function of each key
andrew's avatar
The functions change depending on the program you're using -- although most mac programs don't use the fkeys very often.
peggylou's avatar
Each progrram, like Excel or Windows?
peggylou's avatar
Where is a list of each F key function in each mac program?
andrew's avatar
In the Finder, however, (where you browse your hard drive) there are specific uses for the fkeys, and i think you can check them out at System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse
andrew's avatar
You'd have to check the specific help files for each program. I bet Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, etc) use f-keys. But maybe not on Mac.
peggylou's avatar
Thank you, Andrew. The System Preferences will do the trick. I just have to hook up to a printer so that I can remember them.
Deaner3D's avatar
the 'F' (Function) keys do different things depending on the program they're in. F1 usually opens some sort of Help Documentation. F5 in most browers will 'refresh' the current page. All programs do not necessarily have Function keys preset, but most popular applications (like anything from Microsoft or Apple) will. When in doubt, hit 'F1' and be taken to the help section. Then search for 'hotkeys' or 'shortcuts'.

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