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What are the F1 through F12 keys?
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:06:24 PM »
What are the F1 through F12 keys?


Commonly known as "function keys", F1 through F12 may have a variety of different uses or no use at all. Depending on the installed operating system and the software program currently open will change how each of these keys operate. A program is capable of not only using each of the function keys, but also combining the function keys with the ALT and/or CTRL keys, for example, Microsoft Windows users can press ALT + F4 to close the program currently active.

Below is a short-listing of some of the common functions of the functions keys on computers running Microsoft Windows. As mentioned above not all programs support function keys and/or may perform different tasks then those mentioned below. If you are looking for more specific shortcut keys and function key examples we suggest seeing our shortcut key page.


    * Almost always used as the help key, almost every program will open the help screen when this key is pressed.
    * Windows Key + F1 would open the Microsoft Windows help and support center.
    * Open the Task Pane.


    * In Windows commonly used to rename a highlighted icon or file.
    * Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens a new document in Microsoft Word.
    * Ctrl + F2 displays the print preview window in Microsoft Word.


    * Often opens a search feature for many programs including Microsoft Windows.
    * Shift + F3 will change the text in Microsoft Word from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.


    * Open find window.
    * Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
    * Alt + F4 will close the program currently active in Microsoft Windows.
    * Ctrl + F4 will close the open window within the current active window in Microsoft Windows.


    * In all modern Internet browsers pressing F5 will refresh or reload the page or document window.
    * Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word.
    * Starts a slideshow in PowerPoint.


    * Move the cursor to the Address bar in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
    * Ctrl + Shift + F6 opens to another open Microsoft Word document.


    * 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.


    * Function key used to enter the Windows startup menu, commonly use to get into Windows Safe Mode.


    * Opens the Measurements toolbar in Quark 5.0.


    * 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.


    * Full-screen mode in all modern Internet browsers.


    * Open the Save as window in Microsoft Word.
    * Shift + F12 save the Microsoft Word document.
    * Ctrl + Shift + F12 prints a document in Microsoft Word.

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