Function keys, ranging from F1 to F12, are located at the top most row of your computer’s keyboard. They are largely neglected as most people do not know what functions they provide. Let us tell you that even though you know may know the functions of a few keys, none of them are present there just to catch dust. Every function key is linked to a specific command, which can be activated in an appropriate manner. So let us tell you what your computer’s function keys do:
The F1 Key!
There is no need for explanation as almost every program and software advises you to press this key if you face any issue. F1 pops open a help screen of any software.
F2 Is For Renaming!
If you need a file or a folder to be renamed, instead of going to a right-click menu, you can just select the file and press F2 to rename it.
Need A Search? Hit F3!
F3 key simply lets you search for a specific keyword or key phrase in the window that is active on your screen. You can even check this by opening a browser and hitting F3, a search bar would open.
F4 Shuts Down Anything!
Everyone knows the power of the F4 key. You want something to be closed immediately, press the combination of Alt+F4 and voila! Your active window will close immediately, and if you press it multiple times, it can even shut down your computer.
Refresh With F5!
If you ever need a window to refresh or a web page that has not loaded up properly, simply press F5!
F6 To Browse
One thing that most of the computer tech geniuses do is that they rarely use a mouse. Most of the functions that a mouse provides can easily be executed if you know the proper command. F6 takes you to the address bar of most of the browsers!
F7 To Spellcheck!
Spellcheck is an essential command for users of Microsoft Office. Instead of going through your whole document, try pressing F7 to activate the built-in grammar check in your MS Office.
F8 To Open Boot Menu
Boot Menu or BIOS holds necessary functions for your computers. If you wish to access it, F8 is the key you need. This may work on some computers only.
F9 To Refresh A Document!
This key simply refreshes your Word document. It can also be used to send or receive emails in MS Outlook.
F10 Activates Menu Bar!
You can either activate the menu bar of your active windows or if you press the combination of Shift+F10, it would be the same as right-clicking in a certain area or on a file.
F11 To Go Full Screen!
In a web browser, you sometimes need to go full screen to make it easier to read a large text, watch a video or anything else for that matter. Simply press F11 to go full screen!
F12 To Save
In MS Word, if you need to quickly save a new document, you can pop open a Save As window by pressing F12!
Shortcuts such as these can be handy when you are in a hurry and them definitely, make you look like a professional. We hope this was worth your time!