Here’s what those F keys on your computer really do



If you take a closer look at your computer’s keyboard, you will notice that there are F1 – F12 keys that are hardly ever used. While the presence of these keys may seem superfluous, they are helpful to you in a number of ways and we are here to assist you when it comes to the prospect of utilizing them to your immediate benefit.

For those who have never used these keys before, we are here to offer you a helpful crash course. Did you know that the F1 key immediately activates the device’s help menu or that the F2 key enables the editing of selected file folders in Microsoft Word and Excel formats?

These keys offer a myriad of helpful assistance, as the F3 key gives you the chance to search for your desired files in Window Explorer and the F4 key places your cursor into the web address bar. The F5 is for refreshing the page you’re currently browsing and when you want to move the cursor within your web browser, F6 is the button to push.

F7 is used in conjunction with Alt and Shift to open the Thesaurus

Microsoft Word function and check on spelling and grammar. F8 is used when browsers need to boot up in safe mode. As for F9, this is the best possible way to update your fields when you are using Microsoft Word.

F10 offers users a fast way to open up their menu bar, while F11 can be pressed at the same time as the Shift key when you need to add a new worksheet in Microsoft Excel. Last but certainly least, F12 will open Word’s “save as” command and when it is pressed at the same time as the Shift key, your Word document is saved.

Be sure to share this story with your closest friends and family members, so that these amazing hacks are not going to waste. When you are looking to utilize your computer in a more efficient manner and avoid all of the difficulties associated with using your keyboard in a more traditional way, use these hacks as a helpful guide


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