Ever wondered what the top row of buttons (labeled F1 – F12) on your keyboard is meant for? The keyboard is filled with shortcuts and proper use of these shortcuts can tremendously improve the workflow.
Let’s find out more about shortcuts and various purposes served by each of the functional keys F1 to F12.
For Windows OS users, F1 key is meant for “Help.” If you’re unaware of the purpose of a particular program, press F1 key for help.
In many cases, the F1 key is also used for entering into the BIOS mode.
Pressing F1 while your computer is about to boot will initiate the BIOS mode and pressing Windows + F1 buttons together, will open Microsoft’s Help and Support interface.
For renaming files or other folders, F2 key is of great use serving the same purpose in all Windows versions.
- CTRL + F2 reveal the preview window on MS Word.
- ALT + CTRL + F2 reveal documents on MS Word.
Press the following buttons simultaneously for:
Windows button + F3 bring up the advanced search option in MS Outlook.
Shift + F3 change all the letters in MS Word from upper to lower case in the beginning of each sentence. Moreover, the F3 key also opens the Application window on Mac OS X.
The F4 key pops open the location bar on Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer, even though the latter is no longer popular among users.
- CTRL + F4 closes the current tab you’re viewing.
- ALT + F4 shuts down the operating system entirely.
The F5 key is meant for refreshing the desktop or the page you’re viewing now.
Used for moving the cursor in the location bar and pressing the following buttons together open a new document in MS Word:
- CTRL + Shift + F6
For checking the spelling, grammar and sentence structure F7 key can fasten the entire process on MS Word, Outlook and others.
For entering in the Safe Mode as your computer makes the “beep” noise while coming to life.
The F9 key does not serve a specific purpose on Windows, but can be used in programs like AutoCAD.
It serves the same purpose as the right mouse button (Shift + F10).
F10 key also opens the Menu section in the open organizer window, and pressing it while the OS is booting will reveal information related to BIOS.
For entering the hidden recovery partition, F10 key serves the purpose on some computers.
For entering the full-screen mode, F11 key is used on various programs and software, which also works the same way for all browsers.
Pressing the F12 key brings the “Save As” option in MS Word and pressing the following combinations while using MS Word can fasten the workflow.
Shift + F12 for saving a document on MS Word and CTRL + Shift + F12 or CTRL + P to initiate printing.
These are the most convenient and easy to use shortcut keys anyone can use without a mouse. For more tips and tricks related to computers, stay tuned to TTN.