Written by Pavan Kumar on May 21, 2009
As you know, laptops have functional keys which are also equipped for some other operations. I use a Dell Inspiron laptop and when I bought it, the default association for functional keys were the ‘other’/multimedia functions and not the functional key general behavior(like help, save etc). This annoyed me as I used Alt+F4 (close), and F5(refresh) features regularly and each time, it required to be pressed along with Fn Key . Here is the solution for Dell laptops, others – sorry I have never seen any other laptop in detail.
This is very simple, I never tried for solution, but I found it while working on something else. The solution for this exists in BIOS (don’t know if its on Windows too). While POST(booting time), press F2 (no need of Fn key at POST) to enter into BIOS settings page. Click on System Configuration > Function Key Behavior. Here you can change how your Function Keys work. The figure shows the setting for having the Function Key first and Multimedia keys work when I press Fn key along with Function Keys.
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