The function keys

  1.    01 Dec 2016 #1

    The function keys

    I have an HP 15ayoo9dx lap top. The Function keys (or action keys as they call them) can be enabled or disabled by going in the BIOS. I’m trying to decide if I want to disable or enable. What is the difference?
    Thank you.
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  2.    02 Dec 2016 #2

    I think it's really personal preference. I keep my function keys active because they offer me a quick way to adjust speaker volume, change screen brightness, refresh a web page (F5 on most keyboards) and several other one-click options. I don't use the function keys every time I sit down at the computer, but I like having them available.
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  3.    02 Dec 2016 #3

    Disabled, you have to press the Fn and the F key for the special function you want, like volume up down.

    Enabled, you only have to press the F key to get the special function. But to get the original F8 key function etc, you have to press the Fn and the F key.
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  4.    02 Dec 2016 #4

    I think I'll keep them enabled
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  5.    02 Dec 2016 #5

    Frank1 said: View Post
    I think I'll keep them enabled
    As far as I know, keeping the function keys enabled doesn't use up any additional computer resources. If you find that your existing function keys aren't serving any useful purpose, you might consider customizing those keys into your own personalized "hotkeys" or keyboard shortcuts. Here's an article that explains more:

    How to Add New Custom Hotkeys to Windows 10
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  6.    02 Dec 2016 #6

    As far as I know its no different than pressing the caps lock or num lock key. My BIOS doesn't have the option to enable them or I would.
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