- The function keys can perform multiple actions depending on whether you use them as a normal function or not.
- In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to change function keys in Windows 10, so read on.
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Today’s laptops are designed to help you perform every function you need and this is also reflected in the multitude of keys found on the function row keyboard.
The purpose of these keys is to help you easily perform various actions related to volume, Wi-Fi, playback and even hardware functions.
Of course you can also use them as classic standard F-keys, for example when you’re gaming.
In this article, we’ll explore some easy ways you can assign function keys in Windows 10, so keep reading.
How can I assign function keys in Windows 10?
1. Use BIOS
- Click the Start icon and select Settings
- Then click Update & Security
- Click on Restore and then select Restart now
- From the Options menu, select Troubleshoot
- Click on UEFI Firmware Settings and choose Restart
- In the BIOS menu, select the Settings tab.
- Select Hotkey Mode and set it to Off.
- Save and exit the BIOS menu (press F10 and then Enter).
- Shut down the computer by pressing and holding the power button for at least five seconds
- Press the f10 key repeatedly when the device reboots to enter the BIOS setup utility
- Press the left or right arrow key to select the System Settings menu
- Then select the action keys mode
- Press the Enter key to display the On/Off options
- Reboot your device and press F2 to enter BIOS settings
- Go to the Advanced tab with the arrow keys
- Scroll down to the Function Key Behavior option
- Change the setting in the function key and press Exit
- Simultaneously press and hold the F2 key and the power button
- On the BIOS screen, go to the system settings menu.
- In the Action Keys Mode option, press the Enter key to display the On/Off menu
- Select the desired mode and press Exit when you are done.
2. Use the Keyboard shortcut
Another method that you have on hand, in case you want to use the function keys without pressing the Fn key, is to use the hotkey.
This is a pretty easy method to use as you don’t need to go into BIOS setup to make the change.
First, make sure you find the Fn lock key on your keyboard and once you find it, all you need to do is press the Fn key at the same time along with the default F1, F2 key you want to use.
And that was it, now you can use the function keys without pressing the Fn key. When you want to switch back, you just need to do the same steps as before, and that will disable the feature.
3. Use the UEFI settings
- Click the Start menu and type Settings to start installing Windows
- Click Update & Security in the list and go to Recovery on the left
- Click the Restart Now button. Your laptop will now reboot and open the UEFI settings
- Click on the Troubleshoot option once your Windows boots into recovery mode
- Under Troubleshooting, choose Advanced Options
- Then choose UEFI Firmware Settings under Advanced options and click Restart.
After completing the steps above, you can find the function key option and make sure to disable it in the UEFI settings.
4. Use Control Panel
You will find the option to change the serial function keys in the Boot Camp settings panel.
For example, if you are using Dell, you will find this option in the Windows Mobility Center. Other manufacturers may have the option in the same place, so be sure to check.
To access it in Windows 10, you need to right-click on the Start button and just select the Mobility Center option.
It is also possible to have this option in the keyboard configuration tool found in the System menu or directly in the Start menu.
If you use ASUS, you will find that it comes with pre-installed ASUS keyboard shortcuts that can be found in the Windows application.
There is no doubt that it can be very frustrating not being able to use the brightness or volume keys. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is quite simple and you can undo the Fn functions with just a few clicks.
As you can see from the solutions above, if you can find the Fn key on your device, you can make these changes from the keyboard.
Otherwise, you can access the BIOS settings and depending on the device model you are using, there are some specific steps you can take to make the change.
Let us know in the comment section below which one has worked for you, and if you have any additional recommendations or suggestions, we’d love to read them.