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Do you have a 'Fn'' key on your keyboard?   [Help!]

By: Peter Shute       
Date: May 22,2018 at 18:42
In Response to: Do you have a 'Fn'' key on your keyboard? (Greg Akers)

> I've seen some new laptops that highjack the F1 - F12 keys for
> their own "more important" hardware functions, like screen brightness
> up & down, sound level up & down & mute, DVD play & pause & rewind & fast
> forward, etc., etc.
> You then have to press & hold the "Fn" key to use the F1 - F12 keys!
> Cause, you know, [sarcasm] modern software doesn't use those keys
> anymore, do they? Thanks, pc makers for making our lives easier/better.
> [/sarcasm]. :-(

What brands have you seen that with, Greg? I've only ever seen it set to press Fn for the other functions.

If this is how it's going, does this mean users are totally abandoning function keys? I must admit I rarely use anything other than F5 in any program other than Ztree these days. Occasionally F3, and very occasionally F4. I would access the Fn functions on a laptop maybe once a month, if that.

It's a pity it never became a standard to use a function key to save. I would have made it F1. I must press Control-S 100s of times a day. Given the hours of work I've seen lost by users over the years because they don't save regularly (often only once per document), it would have been of great benefit.

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