Common Uses of F1-F12 keys in Windows

You might be Using Windows since long time but i am sure majority of you guys don’t know all the features and Uses of F1-F12 keys on your keyboard. We all know Common shortcuts like CTRL+C to Copy and CTRL+V to Paste, But you might not know what F1, F2,F3…….F12 keys actually do and where and when to use them.

In this article we will see Common features and Uses of F1-F12 keys , and also how these keys can be used with the Combination of CTRL and ALT keys.


Various Uses of F1-F12 Keys in Windows

Uses of F1 key:

  • F1 key almost everywhere is used for “Help”.  if you are using windows OS and want help anywhere then press F1 key, this will open up help window for you.
  • Sometimes F1 key is used to enter the BIOS (press F1 when your computer is about to boot).
  • Combination of Win + F1 keys will open the “Help and Support» Microsoft Windows.


Uses of F2 key:

  • Rapidly rename the chosen file or folder. Works in all adaptations of Windows.
  • Alt + Ctrl + F2 – Opens the Document as a Microsoft Word.
  • Ctrl + F2 – Opens the Preview window in Microsoft Word.
  • Frequently to enter the BIOS.


Uses of F3 key:

  • In the MS-DOS charge line or in Windows, press F3 to rehash the last summon.
  • Win + F3 – Advanced Search window opens in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Shift + F3 – Changes the content in Microsoft Word, from upper to lower case or capital letters at the start of each one expression.
  • In the event that I am not mixed up it is the F3 key which will cause the Application«Control» computers Apple, running Mac OS X.


Uses of F4 key:

  • This opens the location bar, in the event that you press F4 in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.
  • Rehash the last activity (MS Word )
  • Ctrl + F4 – Closes the window open in the present window, for example, a tab in the program
  • Alt + F4 – Closes the system window in Windows.

Uses of F5 Key:

  • Refreshes the present page (works in all advanced programs), and additionally redesign the desktop or open organizers in Windows.
  • Running a slide demonstrate in Powerpoint.


Uses of F6 key:

  • Move the cursor in the location bar (additionally works in numerous advanced programs).
  • Ctrl + Shift + F6 – opens Document in Microsoft Word


Use of F7 key:

  • Mostly used for spelling and grammar in a document programs Microsoft (Word, Outlook, etc.)


Use of F8 key:

  • Pressing F8 key while your PC is about to boot will result into booting your PC in Safe mode.


Use of F9 key:

  • The F9 key does not have any functionality in Windows. It may, however be used in some individual programs. To find out if it is available in the program you are using, bring up the program’s help screen and type in the words function key.


Uses of F10 key:

  • Activates “Menu” in the open organizer window.
  • Shift + F10 – works same as the right mouse click.
  • Pressing F10 while your system is booting will show you BIOS Information.
  •  F10 is used to enter the hidden recovery partition on computers Sony.


Use of F11 key:

  • F11 Key will take you to Full screen mode and it can be used and work in any Browser.


Uses of F12 key:

  • Opens the “Save As” in Microsoft Word.
  • Shift + F12 – Saves a document in Microsoft Word.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F12 – Prints a document in Microsoft Word.
  • F12 key will open up Inspect element box in any Browser.

Fn + F1 or F2 or …. F12 keys will normally do the task that is Printed on the respective keys, This is basically for Laptop Users.

With this it Concludes my list of uses of F1-F12 keys in windows, if you know any more uses then please add to this article by Commenting Below.

  1. Reply Anil Naik June 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    F9 key is use for “Send and Receive All folders” in Outlook.

  2. Reply Sani March 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    F1 to F12 keys combination hold all operating system system because F1 key use for help about any thing else in system
    any body want get any help for any program so user only press F1 so get the information and instruction for the program like as all other F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F 7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12 all make any hot key with combine any keys like Tab, Shift , Alt etc..

  3. Reply Sachin March 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks Jigar for this knowledge
    F1 to F12 basicaly working hot key in every system

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