Simulating FN key - is that possible?


  1. Posts : 1,745
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    Simulating FN key - is that possible?


    If my keyboard doesn't have a FN key, is there any way that some combination of keystrokes can simulate it?

    I couldn't find the FN key on my Das KeyBoard 4 Professional model (blue Cherry switches). So I filed a ticket with Das Keyboard support. Here is their answer.

    Hello Phil,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    The Das Keyboard 4 Professional does not have a FN key, as it does not really have any keys that require one.

    Let me know if you have more questions,
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    @x509


    As far as I know, the only thing an Fn key is for, is to turn on secondary functions for certain keys.
    If the manufacturer of the keyboard says you don't need one... you probably don't.
    I also can not see any Windows shortcuts that require an Fn key.
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  3. Posts : 1,745
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    Ghot said:
    @x509


    As far as I know, the only thing an Fn key is for, is to turn on secondary functions for certain keys.
    If the manufacturer of the keyboard says you don't need one... you probably don't.
    I also can not see any Windows shortcuts that require an Fn key.
    Thanks. I forget where, but IIRC, some program had shortcuts that included the FN key.
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    x509 said:
    Thanks. I forget where, but IIRC, some program had shortcuts that included the FN key.


    I can't speak to that, but IF that's the case, you might want to find a similar program that doesn't require an Fn key.
    I have a Ducky Shine II and III, both of which do have an Fn key, but other than setting the LED backlight functions, I've never used the Fn keys.
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  5. Posts : 2,691
    Windows 10
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    "Simulating FN key - is that possible? "

    Yes, The row of function keys is for Program functions required by certain Applications, and usually a Printed overlay card is provided, or can be printed for the functions and stuck on the keyboard.

    They may use e.g. the Shift key for another selection of Functions.

    Some desktop keyboards may have a Fn key, however those that don't can use another key.

    Many years ago I had a template in PowerPoint/Word to Print extra Function Overlay Cards/Paper to have extra copies to place above the Function keys.

    A lot of older standard keyboards have extra space just above the Function keys, that is why.
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