Function keys are that row of keys along the top of your keyboard labeled F1 through F10 (or F12, depending on the keyboard). These keys have flexible definitions and can be redefined by an application or operating system. Function keys typically carry out popular or repetitive tasks, saving you from having to type (or remember) several commands or keystrokes.
The Function Keys And You
In Microsoft Windows, key functions vary from application to application. There is, however, some common functionality between programs. Common function key tasks include:
A Trick with Windows Function Keys
Windows doesn't use all of the function keys. You can take advantage of this by assigning a program to an "empty" function key. F8, F9 and F12 are good candidates. To assign a function key, follow these steps:
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