pc shortcuts keyboard F1-F24

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F1

  • Almost always used as the help key, almost every program opens a help screen when this key is pressed.
  • Enter CMOS Setup.
  • Windows Key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
  • Open the Task Pane.

F2

  • In Windows renames a highlighted iconfile, or folderin all versions of Windows.
  • Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens document window in Microsoft Word.
  • Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.
  • Quickly rename a selected file or folder.
  • Enter CMOS Setup.

F3

  • Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows when at the Windows Desktop.
  • In MS-DOS or Windows command line F3 will repeat the last command.
  • Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
  • Windows Key + F3 opens the Advanced find window in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Open Mission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.

F4

  • Open find window in Windows 95 to XP.
  • Open the address bar in Windows Explorer andInternet Explorer.
  • Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+).
  • Alt + F4 closes the program window currently active in Microsoft Windows.
  • Ctrl + F4 closes the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.

F5

  • In all modern Internet browsers, pressing F5 willrefresh or reload the page or document window.
  • Ctrl + F5 forces a complete refresh of the web page, clearing the cache and downloading all contents of the page again
  • Refresh the list of contents in a folder.
  • Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word.
  • Starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.

F6

  • Move the cursor to the address bar in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and most other Internet browsers.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.
  • Reduce laptop speaker volume (on some laptops).

F7

  • Commonly used to spell check and grammar check a document in Microsoft programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.
  • Shift + F7 runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
  • Turns on Caret browsing in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Increase laptop speaker volume (on some laptops).

F8

  • Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly used to access Windows Safe Mode.
  • Used by some computers to access the Windows recovery system, but may require a Windows installation CD.
  • Displays a thumbnail image for all workspaces in Mac OS.

F9

  • Refresh document in Microsoft Word.
  • Send and receive e-mail in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.
  • Reduce laptop screen brightness (on some laptops).
  • With Mac OS 10.3 or later, displays a thumbnail for each window in a single workspace.
  • Using the Fn key and F9 at the same time opensMission Control on an Apple computer running Mac OS X.

F10

  • In Microsoft Windows activates the menu bar of an open application.
  • Shift + F10 is the same as right-clicking on a highlighted icon, file, or Internet link.
  • Access the hidden recovery partition on Compaq, HP, and Sony computers.
  • Enter CMOS Setup on some computers.
  • Increase laptop screen brightness (on some laptops)
  • With Mac OS 10.3 or later, shows all open Windows for the active program.

F11

F12

  • Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.
  • Ctrl + F12 opens a document In Word.
  • Shift + F12 saves the Microsoft Word document (like Ctrl + S).
  • Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.
  • Preview a page in Microsoft Expression Web.
  • Open Firebug or browser debug tool.
  • With an Apple running Mac OS 10.4 or later, F12 shows or hides the Dashboard.
  • Access the list of bootable devices on a computer at startup, allowing you to select a different device to boot from (hard drive, CD or DVD drive, floppy drive, USB drive, and network).

F13 – F15

F16 – F19

  • On newer Apple keyboards the F16, F17, F18, and F19 keys are above the number pad.

F13 – F24

  • Early IBM computers also had keyboards with F13 through F24 keys. However, because these keyboards are no longer used, they are not listed on this page.
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