Those Darn F Keys

 

source: turn.nu/class/hotkeys.htm

F1 If you want to get help while working in a selected program just press this key. If you press this key while working outside a program (like Windows Explorer or from the desktop) you’ll launch a Windows-specific help program. If you want to get Windows-specific help while working in a program, just press the Windows button + F1. Press Shift + F1 to launch "What’s This?" help.

F2 After navigating and highlighting a file or folder in Windows Explorer, just press this key to rename an item. It works just like right-clicking on a file or folder and selecting Rename. When you’re finished renaming an object, just press Enter to move on.

F3 Press this key while working in Windows Explorer or on the desktop to generate the "Find Files" window. After searching for a file or folder, just close the Find Files window and go back to what you were doing.

F4 Press this key to open the Address bar in Internet Explorer. To close an open window press Alt + F4.

F5 Press this key to refresh your active window in Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer.

F6 Press this key to move the cursor around the structure of the Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.

F7 This key does nothing and shouldn’t do anything in Windows when you press it. This key may have some function when working inside a program. You can map this key to quick-launch programs if you read this article.

F8 Press this key to access Windows Startup Menu during boot up. Show or hide information about a selected place or Pushpin (if available).  Accepts Microsoft’s EULA when installing Windows.

F9 This key does nothing and shouldn’t do anything in Windows when you press it. This key may have some function when working inside a program. You can map this key to quick-launch programs if you read this article.

F10 Press this key to activate the menu bar in programs. Press Shift + F10 to bring up the shortcut menu. This works similar to the Application key.

F11 Press this key to open your current Internet Explorer window to "full screen," completely filling your monitor and making all of the toolbars disappear at the top. This is also known as kiosk mode.

F12 This key does nothing and shouldn’t do anything in Windows when you press it. This key may have some function when working inside a program. You can map this key to quick-launch programs if you read this article.

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