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What the F-key? F9 through F12

Our final exploration into function keys might surprise some of you out there. There’s really not a whole lot of “functionality” at the end of the row, but let’s look anyways.

Just to refresh:

Function keys are pretty versatile, but some only have purpose specific to the program that’s running at the time. They’re mainly used as shortcuts or in conjunction with the CTRL, ALT, and Shift keys. We’ll talk about that soon.

For now, here are the basics of function keys F9 – F12.

F9 – Another program-specific function key, I just call it “lazy”, though… Well, if you’re using MS Word the F9 key will update the selected field, so that’s one thing it can do!

F10 – This key is used to access the Menu Bar in programs (File, Edit, View, Etc.). Good for zapping up there if you need to access some of the menu functions.

F11 – Is used in Internet Explorer to toggle the full screen view, also known as “KIOSK” mode.

F12 – Another “lazy” key, although some individual programs may have functions assigned to it. In MS Word this can be used as the “Save As” command.

And there you have it! I feel pretty functional, personally, but next time around we’ll extend the use of the F-keys to include the ALT, CTRL and Shift commands!
Woo! Exciting! :)