Whats the function of the fn key?

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  1. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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    ...I'm sure it stands for function too....how does it relate to the actual function keys in the top row? ...whats its purpose? Do you use it in conjuntion w/ the f keys? I know its a silly question to experienced users, but this is my first notebook; I'm 99% sure there's no fn key on a desktop keyboard.
     
  2. Brianstorm91 macrumors 65816

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    My BT wireless keyboard has one, and I believe it's to revert the top buttons (volume, brightness etc) back to function keys (F1-F12)
     
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    Exactly... :rolleyes:
     
  5. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

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    Use it to change the operation of the F keys

    for me, currently, pressing F3 activates expose (where the icon is)

    Pressing Function+F3 actually does the F3 command for whatever application you use.
     
  6. Loge macrumors 68020

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    Note also fn-backspace gives you a forward delete, and fn-Return gives you an enter key (which used to be a separate key on the laptops until early 08).
     
  7. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    There's a fn key on the aluminum keyboards, wired and wireless. On the wired its to the right of delete in the home-end cluster, and on the wireless its in the same place as you see in front of you.
     
  8. MowingDevil thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hey thanks to those who provided productive replies.
     
  9. Timur macrumors 6502a

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    FN + Cursor Up/Down = Page Up/Down
    FN + Cursor Left/Right = Pos1/End

    ;)
     
  10. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

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    I use my Fn key all of the time while using Telnet applications. Telnet apps always use the F-keys for certain commands and since Macs use F keys for system commands, the only way to effectively use these programs is to use the Fn+F key. (Unless you want to remap all of the functions for that specific app, which is a pain in the rear)
     
  11. creator2456 macrumors 68000

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    Or you can click this option in the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane:
     

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  13. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    And there are desktop boards with the Fn key. My Logitech Wave keyboard has it where the Winkey would go on the left group.
     
  14. MowingDevil thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sweet! Thats what I was looking for, I've been missing those keys on the notebook, thanks.

    yeah, yeah like I said its my 1st laptop. :p
     

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