Confused by the top row of your keyboard? Have you always wondered what the F1-F12 keys actually do? Improve your skills quickly and easily with our handy guide!
Whether you are a tech-god or an absolute novice, the function keys are simple tools that will boost your skills and productivity, simply by making use of a much-overlooked row on your keyboard.
We have given you a quick reference guide for each key to help you remember exactly what function it provides:
F1- The Help Key:
This helpful button opens the help screen in almost every programme on your computer.
F2- The Rename Key:
Just as the name suggests, this key quickly allows you to rename the selected file or folder in your file explorer.
F3- The Search Key:
This key helps you find whatever you are looking for, by opening the search function in most programmes.
F4- The Close key:
Pretty simply, when combined with the alt key, F4 closes the active window, similar to Ctrl + W.
F5- The Refresh key:
This key keeps your computer fresh by refreshing the active webpage, clearing the cache and downloading all contents of the page.
F6- The Address Bar key:
Looking for a quick website search? This key selects the address bar in your internet browsers, allowing you to type in a specific website address.
F7- The Spell Checker key:
Here come the Grammar police! This key performs a spelling and grammar check in Microsoft programmes, making sure that your document is without any errors.
F8- The Safe Mode key:
In a computer-based emergency, this key is used to access the boot menu in windows when turning on the computer. This allows you to boot the system in safe mode, should your situation require it.
F9- The Email key:
For those of you who use Microsoft Outlook, this handy key activates the send and receive function for your emails.
F10- The Menu key:
Another key doing exactly as its name suggests. F10 accesses the menu bar in any active Microsoft programme.
F11- The Full Screen key:
This key’s function is very simple as well. It makes your internet browser full screen and vice versa, just in case you pressed it by accident.
F12- The Save key:
Keep your files saved! F12 performs the ‘save as’ function in Microsoft word.
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