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List of FN + Function Key features

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List of FN + Function Key features

Question

I need a list of all the Fn + F commands. Where can I go to get it?

Answer

Download the Hardware Maintainance Manual for your system from this site, but make sure you get the right one. You can then find all the function key combinations listed in the Product Overview section.

 

Here is an example from a common ThinkPad model

 

Key combination Description
Fn+F1 Reserved.
Fn+F2 Lock the computer.
Fn+F3 Select a power plan (in Windows XP, power scheme) that has been
created by Power Manager, or adjust the power level by using the
slider control. When you press this combination, a panel for selecting a
power plan (power scheme) appears.
Notes:
1. To use the Fn+F3 key combination, you must have the ThinkPad
PM device driver installed on the computer.
2. If you have logged on with an administrator user ID, and you press
Fn+F3, the panel for selecting a power plan (power scheme)
appears. If you have logged on with another user ID, and you press
Fn+F3, the panel does not appear.
3. You cannot turn off the computer display by pressing Fn+F3.

 

Fn+F4 Put the computer in sleep (standby) mode. To return to normal
operation, press the Fn key only, without pressing a function key.
Notes:
1. To use the Fn+F4 key combination, you must have the ThinkPad
Power manager device driver installed on the computer.
2. If you want to use the combination to put the computer into
hibernation mode or do-nothing mode (in Windows XP, shut the
computer down or show the panel for turning off the computer),
change the settings in the Power Manager.

 

Fn+F5 Enable or disable the built-in wireless networking features and the
Bluetooth features. If you press Fn+F5, a list of wireless features is
displayed. You can quickly change the power state of each feature in
the list.

 

Note: If you want to use Fn+F5 to enable the wireless feature, the
following device drivers must be installed on the computer beforehand:

  • ThinkPad Power Management driver
  • OnScreen Display Utility
  • Wireless device drivers

 

Fn+F6 Reserved.

 

Fn+F7 Apply a presentation scheme directly, with no need to start
Presentation Director.
To disable this function and use the Fn+F7 key combination for
switching a display output location, start Presentation Director, and
change the settings.
Note: If the computer is a windows 7 model, it does not support
presentation schemes, but the Fn+F7 combination is available for
switching a display output location.
For Windows 7:
Switch a display output location

  •  Computer display only (LCD)
  •  Computer display and external monitor (same image)
  •  Computer display and external monitor (extended desktop)
  •  External monitor only

Note: To switch between the computer display and an external
monitor, the Win+P key combination is also available.
For Windows Vista and Windows XP:
Switch a display output location

  •  External monitor
  •  Computer display (LCD) and external monitor
  •  Computer display (LCD)

Notes:
1. This function is not supported if different desktop images are
displayed on the computer display and the external monitor (the
Extend desktop function).
2. This function does not work while a DVD movie or a video clip is
playing.
To enable this function, start Presentation Director, and change the
Fn+F7 settings.
Note: Multiple users can log on to a single operating system by using
different user IDs. Each user needs to change the settings.
Fn+F8 Change the settings of the UltraNav ® pointing device.


Fn+F9 Open the ThinkPad EasyEject Utility screen. Buttons for the following
choices are displayed:

  • Eject ThinkPad PC from Mini Dock: This button is displayed only if

the ThinkPad computer has been attached to a port replicator and
one or more USB devices have been connected to the port replicator.
You can stop and remove all the USB devices safely by clicking the
button.
Note: You cannot use this Utility to detach the computer from the
port replicator.

  • Run EasyEject Actions: This button is used to select, stop, or remove

external devices connected to the ThinkPad computer.

  •  Configure EasyEject Actions: Opens the ThinkPad EasyEject Utility main window.

 

Fn+F9 Settings: Configures the settings for the Fn+F9 function.
Note: If the computer is a Windows 7 model, it does not support the
EasyEject Utility function.

 

Fn+F10 Reserved.
Fn+F11 Reserved.
Fn+F12 Put the computer into hibernation mode. To return to normal operation,
press the power button for less than four seconds.


Note: To use Fn+F12 for hibernation, you must have the ThinkPad PM
device driver installed on the computer.
Fn+PgUp Turn the ThinkLight® on or off.


Note: This function is supported only on the ThinkPad computers that
have the ThinkLight. The on or off status of the ThinkLight is shown
on the screen for a few seconds when you press Fn+PgUp.


Fn+Home The computer display becomes brighter.
Fn+End The computer display becomes dimmer.
Fn+Spacebar Enable the FullScreen Magnifier function.
Fn+PrtSc Has the same function as the SysRq key.
Fn+ScrLk Enable or disable the numeric keypad.
Fn+Pause Has the same function as the Break key.
Fn+cursor keys These key combinations work with Windows Media Player. Fn+down
arrow key works for the Play or Pause button, Fn+up arrow key for the
Stop button, Fn+right arrow key for the Next Track button, and Fn+left
arrow key for the Previous Track button.

 

Alternatively, if your system has a factory install there should be a Lenovo Care function with details and help on different subjects. Search the Help section for Fn - a list should be offered.